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.
Hathaway debuts with a gripping paranormal thriller that takes the concept of empathy to a new level. Whenever high school junior Vee Bell comes in contact with an object another person has touched, she unwillingly slides into his or her mind, leaving her own body vulnerable. After she awakens beside the corpse of a cheerleader named Sophie a friend recently betrayed by Sophie s younger sister, Mattie Vee realizes she s in the body of a killer. Everyone assumes Sophie s death was a suicide, and Mattie is guilt-ridden. When another cheerleader dies, Vee decides to recognize her ability as a gift and solve the mystery before her sister becomes the next victim. The shifting perspectives as Vee enters the bodies of her friends, love interest Rollins, and others give the story an exhilarating momentum and an absorbing, cinematic quality. The interactions between Vee, Mattie, and their withdrawn father are especially well-done, as all three try to remember how to be a family five years after the death of the girls mother. An emotionally taut mystery with depth. Ages 14 up.
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This book hooked me from the start. It is an easy read and reminds me of the show pretty little liars. I found I couldn't put it down!