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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife (2021)

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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. 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 story.… (more)
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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead (2021)

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    The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (xenoglossy)
    xenoglossy: Glamorous group who were friends at university reunite; dark secrets and hidden resentments are gradually uncovered.
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I am so sad that I did not love this book as much as so many other people did! i WANTED to love it. I will say this it kept me reading and it was hard to to put down but the unlikablenss of the all the characters really killed the book for me overall. I really struglled not only to care about the characters but also to care what happen. I also felt like all the characters pov felt super simialr it made me it hard to conenct to them!! This book def did not wow me! ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
I am so sad that I did not love this book as much as so many other people did! i WANTED to love it. I will say this it kept me reading and it was hard to to put down but the unlikablenss of the all the characters really killed the book for me overall. I really struglled not only to care about the characters but also to care what happen. I also felt like all the characters pov felt super simialr it made me it hard to conenct to them!! This book def did not wow me! ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
My twist and turns in solving the murder of a former classmate. ( )
  caanderson | Oct 2, 2023 |
I just loved this. What a delicious read. Dark, twisted, wicked with just the right amount of angst. Wallah!!

!!!! THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW !!!!

PLOT: This is entirely a plot driven story. The plot revolved around the mystery. The blurb was simple- six friends reunite after 10 years to relive their memories in the elite Danquete University. But there is someone who is hellbent to find out the whaht happened on that fateful night 10 years ago.

SETTING: Dark academia with looming towers, gothic spires, old structures. Who can say 'no' to that. Most of the story takes place in Danquete University with the exception of, I think 3 chapters.

CHHARACTERS: Flawed. Unlikable. But thats the beauty of this book. I will be honest, thhere was no chharacter development. The characters in this represented the untouchahble people who can go to any lengthh to hide their imperfections and fears and deathly truths.

This was a jaw dropping debut. Its been a long time since I have read a suspense thriller and actually ended up liking it. ( )
  Lemon66 | Jul 27, 2023 |
I generally avoid books that are billed as "psychological thrillers," because I am a delicate flower and my psyche generally can't take that kind of punishment. But, this story of a bunch of college friends who are reuniting 10 years after graduation, with the spectre of a murdered friend hanging over them, seemed like an interesting one, so I decided to take the risk. The main voice is Jessica Miller, a middle-of-the-pack type of girl, who finds herself in with a group of friends in freshman year, despite her anxiety that she would be overlooked, would never fit in. As they move through college, alliances form, relationships gel, and issues arise, and are pushed down and hidden. There isn't a single member of the "East House Seven" who isn't hiding some dark secret. The story is mostly Jessica's, as she prepares for the reunion and reminisces on key moments of her time at prestigious Duquette University, but the narrative dips into the stories of her friends here and there, also at key moments. I really can't say much of the plot here without giving away the whole thing, since it is pieced together rather like a Jenga tower -- remove the wrong piece, and the whole thing falls apart (and reveal the keystone, and you get the whole thing in an instant). But Jessica's dreams of a perfect Homecoming definitely do not come true -- although even with some pretty major emotional fallout, and some seriously tragic stuff happening, it feels like most of the tension, the traumas that these friends had been shoving down for years, actually is released, which also releases them all, in some cases, even from each other. There is definitely psychology here, and thrilling elements, but I also recognized the familiar hallmarks of the garden-variety mystery: the individual stories are told so that they weave together into a single event, and then all the secrets are revealed. So, fear not, delicate flowers! There's not much to fear here, after all. ( )
  karenchase | Jun 14, 2023 |
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Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. 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 story.

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