Vee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth--her sister's friend Sophie didn't kill herself. She was murdered.
Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn't actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else's mind and experiences the world through that person's eyes. She's slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed "friend" when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie's slashed body.
Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can't bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she's been spending more time with Zane.
Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: Purchased on kindle from Amazon.co.uk for only 99p!)
16-year-old Sylvia (Vee), suffers from narcolepsy, or so everyone believes. Instead, when Vee loses consciousness it’s because she has ‘Slid’ into someone else’s mind and can see what they are doing. Unfortunately she can’t control what they are doing, or hear their thoughts though.
Vee has been coping with this problem by simply taking a lot of caffeine tablets, but the sliding is becoming more and more frequent. The only thing Vee can do to combat this, other than taking the caffeine tablets is to make sure she doesn’t touch anything belonging to another person as this seems to trigger the sliding.
One night Vee slides and finds herself in the body of someone with a knife in their hand, standing over the dead body of a girl that Vee recognises – her sister’s friend Sophie.
Who can Vee confide in though? Who would believe her? Or should she try to work out who the killer is on her own?
This story had a very interesting premise, but it wasn’t anywhere near as thrilling as the blurb suggested.
Vee was a bit of a wishy-washy character. She had very few friends, and had no idea what to do with the information she had, so she basically did nothing. While this may be a realistic reaction to accidentally seeing someone get murdered, it doesn’t really make for an edge of your seat thrill ride.
This ‘sliding’ as Vee called it had been going on for a long time, several years it seemed, yet Vee had no clue what to really do about it other than to not touch things belonging to other people, and to take multiple caffeine pills (which as a friend pointed out – she took way too many of - to the point where she could have easily put herself into cardiac arrest). After at least 3 years of this sliding, you would have expected her to have tried to use her sliding in some way, or to see if she could slide into a specific person etc. only she seemed to have done nothing other than try to stop it. Again; not exactly a thrilling tale.
Vee was obviously upset over seeing Sophie murdered, but for me, telling no-one was not the right thing to do. Especially considering that this was someone she knew fairly well, and someone that her sister knew even better.
The murder mystery part was also a little dull for me. From the blurb I expected a gripping, thrilling mystery, and instead we just got Vee basically doing nothing other than speculating. There were a couple of likely candidates for the position for murderer – a girl who made fun out of Sophie, a guy who had had sex with her, and another possible lover too, but there was very little to go on, and no obvious culprit. By the 75% mark I just wanted to know already, and I was getting pretty tired of wondering who did it.
In the end the murderer was not easy to guess at, but not for any clever reason, just because the murderer barely featured in the book at all. It was kinda like someone conversationally telling you at a bus stop ‘they caught that killer you know; he lived next door to my best friends hairdresser.’; mildly entertaining, but not exactly nail-biting.
Otherwise the ending was okay, though not exactly happy, and like the rest of the story was pretty mediocre.
Overall; a less than thrilling, paranormal YA murder mystery.
6.5 out of 10.