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Sylvia “Vee” Bell is beyond narcoleptic. Not only does she fall asleep at various times throughout the day, she slides into the point of view of other people when that happens. If she has touched something held by a person when he or she was emotional, Vee will likely slide into that individual. It is happening more often, until she slides into someone holding a bloody knife, standing over the body of her sister’s best friend. Everyone else thinks Sophie committed suicide, but only Vee and the killer know the truth.

"Jill Hathaway’s extraordinary debut novel is a well-crafted, suspense-filled adventure that will keep you guessing until the very end and will stay with you long after the last page is turned. I’m looking forward to seeing what this first-time author has up her sleeve for an encore."

Vee has tried to tell her father about the sliding, which started after her mother died of cancer a few years ago. He sent her to therapy, and even the doctor did not believe her. So now she tells no one, including her best friend Rollins. This ability has shown her a teacher who drinks, someone she thought was a friend betraying her, a conversation between her sister and another girl when they decide to play a cruel trick on Sophie, and other things she would rather not know. The cruel trick was played the day Sophie, who was supposed to be their best friend, died. It is also the day Vee found a mysterious calendar page on her own front door.

Vee also discovers secrets by staying in the shadows. One day, she overhears a boy telling another about his brief relationship with Sophie and the picture he has of her on his phone. Vee used to be a cheerleader and have more friends, until she realized she could not trust some of them. But now Rollins is acting strangely. Vee is happy when hot new boy Zane is in some of her classes and starts talking to her. 

As she tries to harness her sliding powers to learn who is harming the girls, Vee uncovers several painful secrets. A few come from her sister Mattie and their always busy doctor father. She learns that Mattie has been staying out all night with her new cheerleader friends, and her father has been receiving mysterious phone calls.  

When something happens to Mattie’s other best friend, Amber, Vee realizes that her sister could be the next target. But she slides into Rollins after touching a t-shirt he gave her. Rollins had met Amber in secret, and Vee also saw some private problems from his home life. She can’t ask him about meeting Amber without admitting her ability to slide and revealing what else she saw. 

Now Vee is keeping secrets: about her abilities, about things she learns, about how Sophie was murdered. Zane is trying to get closer to her, and it is all making her head swim. She needs help to bring down a killer, but to get it, she may have to talk about her sliding.

Jill Hathaway’s extraordinary debut novel is a well-crafted, suspense-filled adventure that will keep you guessing until the very end and will stay with you long after the last page is turned. I’m looking forward to seeing what this first-time author has up her sleeve for an encore.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio on December 28, 2011

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by Jill Hathaway

  • Publication Date: February 26, 2013
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • ISBN-10: 0062077961
  • ISBN-13: 9780062077967