Sunday, April 14, 2013

IMPOSTOR by Jill Hathaway

Jill Hathaway

Rating: B+
What if a killer took control of you?

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.

My thoughts on the book:
I went into Impostor having super high hopes, and it did not disappoint. While the beginning is a bit slow, and it took me awhile to get into the book, after the first 70 pages or so, I was completely involved in the story. I had to know what was going on and who was guilty. The character development was okay, but not all of the characters evolved. However, the mystery was top notch, and Hathaway kept me guessing until the very end. 

Vee, who turned out to be a semi-trustworthy narrator, didn't grow much over the course of this novel. I would have liked to have seen more evolution in the main character, but as with Slide, she was likable enough. Mattie grew a lot in this installment, and I enjoyed getting to know her better. Rollins was still a bit more mysterious than I would have liked, but I adored him all the same. One of the new characters, Anna, really got on my nerves, but I think she was meant to.

Impostor's plot wasn't as intense as Slide's. However, it was quite a bit more complicated. I couldn't figure out who was guilty to save my life. There were so many twists and turns, I could not keep up. Hathaway is a master of suspense, and I simply had to find out what was going on. The pacing was a bit off in the beginning, but it picked up and smoothed out after around 70 pages, and the ending wrapped everything up nicely with room left for a sequel if need be. I hope there is a sequel because I'd really like to learn more about Vee's gift. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Impostor and would recommend it and Slide to anyone who loves a good mystery. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out guilty parties, but with Hathaway's books, I never can tell who is guilty, which makes her novels suspenseful and intriguing. If you haven't read these books yet, you're missing out. 

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