In My Dreams I Hold a Knife-Book Review

50485649Six friends.
One college reunion.
One unsolved murder.

A college reunion turns dark and deadly in this chilling and propulsive suspense novel about six friends, one unsolved murder, and the dark secrets they’ve been hiding from each other—and themselves—for a decade.

Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to southern, elite Duquette University, down to the envious whispers that are sure to follow in her wake. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see—confident, beautiful, indifferent—not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather’s murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she’d been closest to since freshman year. Ten years ago, everything fell apart, including the dreams she worked for her whole life—and her relationship with the one person she wasn’t supposed to love.

But not everyone is ready to move on. Not everyone left Duquette ten years ago, and not everyone can let Heather’s murder go unsolved. Someone is determined to trap the real killer, to make the guilty pay. When the six friends are reunited, they will be forced to confront what happened that night—and the years’ worth of secrets each of them would do anything to keep hidden.

Told in racing dual timelines, with a dark campus setting and a darker look at friendship, love, obsession, and ambition, In My Dreams I Hold A Knife is an addictive, propulsive read you won’t be able to put down.

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

FIZAH (4)Pages: 368
Publishing Date: August 3rd, 2021
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark


The first three lines of the synopsis convinced me to read it. This book reminded me of The girls are all so nice here. Needless to say, it is a perfect dark academia mystery.

Jessica Miller got the invitation to a ten-year reunion. She got everything now which she wished for me. It is the best time to show people that she is not that girl anymore. But destiny has other plans. This story moved in past and present which made the reader more curious.

Jessica, an average girl, who always yearn for more, tried for more but she was never enough. College life was supposed to be a ladder to her dreams. She was a goody-two-shoes until she met the other six. East house seven formed one of the most popular groups. They are all so comfortable with each other. Brotherhood, sisterhood and relations they got all. Until one day one of them ended up dead and the other was ended up accused of murder; that was the downfall of the group. With every chapter, we get to find more and more about their secrets. Every chapter peeled a layer of these characters, all the dark secrets they were hiding, all the motives everyone had to kill one of them. Reunion is the climax of the secrets.

The writing style was so different kind of dark but at the same time so engaging. The character development was well done. I, instantly, felt connected to all of them, their personalities, secrets, motives, everything started to make sense. I love grey characters and this gave me them. The pace of the story was also good. The continuous jumping from past to present grabbed my attention more than ever. I wasn’t expecting this ending but it made me so happy regardless.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. I must say this doesn’t felt like a debut novel by Ashley Winstead. Well written murder mystery. Thanks for sharing this. We have also reviewed this novel. Do read our review and share your comments.

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    1. Completely Agree. Writing style was so mature. I’ll check your review… Thanks for visiting 🙂


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