Saturday, August 7, 2021

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead


Six friends.
One college reunion.
One unsolved murder.

Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to her 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 Shelby's murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she'd been closest to since freshman year.

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.  

My Thoughts

I can't even express how much I loved this book! This my friends is a checked all the thriller boxes for me! It is defiantly on my list of favorites for the year! 

Dark academia setting.... Yes Please!

Twists that literally made me gasp...YEP...✅

Past and Present POV's.....✅

Utterly evil, calcuated and twisted? ...Absolutely ✅

Book hangover?  ✅✅✅✅✅

A college reunion at the prestigious  Duquette University...home of the infamous East House Seven...a tight little knit group that ruled the halls, ten years ago. They were the definition of cool, everyone wanted to be them....Oh how the mighty have fallen...when one of them is found brutally murdered in their dorm and one of them is accused...😳

In a University such as Duquette, second only to Harvard by the way...competitiveness is at an all time to be expected...yet...will it make one of them kill to be at the top? Will jealously push them over the edge? 

The character development is so well done!  The past fills us in on the present cast and we get a good feel for what has shaped them and who they really are. Sure they have changed in 10 years, who hasn't?! 🤷Yet who are they really? Deep down inside? Not the persona that they have displayed for all their fellow classmates, but they real person they are- when no one is looking. 

Plain jane Jessica Miller always felt like an outsider in their group, not good enough. Even though she dated one of the most popular guys at school, she felt like a fake. Now she is an Upper East Side girl named partner at one of the most sought after positions at a consulting company in NYC. She can't wait for reunion show them all what she has made of matter what it took...she made it to the top...did the others?

What a jaw dropping, page flipping, edge of your seat debut this was! I absoutely loved, loved , loved it! I can't  recommend it enough. 💗

Thank you so much to BiblioLifestyle for having me along on this tour. Thank you Partners @bibliolifestyle @bookmarked for my gorgeous gifted copy! One of my most anticipated books of the year and it exceeded my expectations! Run and get a copy! 

About the author: 

Ashley Winstead holds a Ph.D. in contemporary American literature from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. in English and Art History from Vanderbilt University. She lives in Houston, TX, where she drinks red wine and dreams up novels.

Author links:

Ashley Winstead (@ashleywinsteadbooks) • Instagram photos and videos

Ashley Winstead 🔪 (@ashleywinstead) / Twitter



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