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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife: A Novel (edició 2021)

de Ashley Winstead (Autor)

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Títol:In My Dreams I Hold a Knife: A Novel
Autors:Ashley Winstead (Autor)
Informació:Sourcebooks Landmark (2021), 356 pages
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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife de Ashley Winstead

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Jessica Miller is a success in business, but she isn’t happy in her personal life. She is still trying to get her friends from college to notice her-and hold her in high esteem. She is trying to live up to a dream in her head. Now, 10 years after graduation, she is returning to elite Duquette University to reconnect with the East House 7, although it is no longer 7. Heather was killed while they were in college, and Heather’s boyfriend, Jack, was accused of the murder.
When she arrives at the reunion, she finds out that Heather’s brother, Eric, plans to question each member of the group until he unmasks the killer. Told in alternating timelines, between their college years, and now, secrets of all the friends are exposed. Who did it , who is hiding the real truth, and why does Jessica still repress some memories?
Good thriller, but I felt the ending was a bit contrived. ( )
  rmarcin | Nov 1, 2021 |
Seven young people meet freshman year in college and form a bond that will take them through their college years. Senior year, one is murdered and one is the accused - and later convicted - killer. But did the police get it right? Was this person the actual killer?

Ten years later, and five of the six remaining friends return to the college for a reunion. But, what they thought of as a long overdue get together, turns into a weekend of finger pointed and long buried secrets are revealed. Will the murderer finally be revealed?

This book had me from the first page. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I did not guess the killer and the way they were revealed was one of the best endings I've read in a long time.

If you like a good dark academia book with a twisted, and messed up plot, pick this book up! I think this is a first book by a new author. I can't wait to see what else she writes ( )
  StephanieAL | Oct 17, 2021 |
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead was not what I expected. I had looked forward to enjoying this novel and was prepared to give it a glowing review. After finishing the book, I read many reviews and they were four and five stars for the most part. I felt like I had not read the same book. The characters were especially not well-drawn. The plot is divided between the college years of six friends and then ten years later around the time of their college reunion. The college-age people behaved like fourteen-year-olds. The thirty-somethings were like eighteen-year-olds. Their behaviour was puerile, nasty and immature. If I had not known better, I would have assumed this was a YA mystery. So much time was wasted on trivial passages that were totally unnecessary and certainly did not enhance the story. I understand that this is a work of fiction, but a semblance of reality would have helped. Please know that this is only my opinion and not all books appeal to everyone. I would very much like to read Ashley Winstead’s next book. Thank you to Harper Collins Canada, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  carole888fort | Sep 22, 2021 |
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead is a very highly recommended murder mystery. This is an unputdownable, binge-worthy, entertaining, exceptional debut novel.

It has been ten years since Jessica (Jess) Miller graduated from Duquette University. Jessica is planning to attend the reunion and display how she is now successful, beautiful, and confident in life. This will be in contrast to the murky end of college when one of her friends was murdered. They were close friends who ruled the campus and were known as the East House Seven: Heather, Caro, Mint, Jack, Frankie, Coop, and Jess. Heather was murdered at the end of their senior year and Jack was the main suspect, but wasn't charged. The group left under a cloud of suspicion. Now five of them are coming back, to the reunion. Jack, still friends with Jess, is not attending. Heather's younger brother, Eric, now works in alumni office and plans to use the reunion as an opportunity to find her killer. He knows it is one of the five people from the East House Seven attending the reunion.

The narrative alternates between the two timelines, one set in the present at the reunion and the other in the past during their college years. The characters are fully realized. Jess is the main narrator of the story at the reunion with flashbacks mostly from her point-of-view until much later in the novel. Jess is a flawed character - self-centered, dislikeable, and driven but with low self-esteem. Her flaws and those that eventually come out about the other characters make the plot even more interesting.

This is an excellent novel! At the beginning of In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, I thought, "oh no, not another college golden days novel," but as I continued reading, I was very pleasantly surprised. The alternating timelines works so well in this novel and Winstead uses the plot device perfectly to provide background information while increasing the tension. And there are revelations, twists, duplicity, secrets, hypocrisy, and surprises abounding. It is a remarkable murder mystery melodrama. Once the plot gets rolling and secrets start coming out it really is impossible to stop reading.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Sourcebooks. ( )
  SheTreadsSoftly | Aug 6, 2021 |
I guess I am in the minority here but I just did not like this book. I thought it adolescent.

On the positive side, it was well written and the dual timeline was an effective device.

On the other side, I found the characters so unlikable I could barely finish the book; I really had to push myself to get through it. They are all shallow, self possessed, narcissistic. Ten years after college and you would have thought they had matured a bit…but, no. ( )
  vkmarco | Aug 4, 2021 |
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