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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife
In My Dreams I Hold a Knife: A Novel | Ashley Winstead
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Six friends. One college reunion. One unsolved murder. Ten years after graduation, Jessica Miller has planned her triumphant return to her southern alma mater, 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 seeconfident, beautiful, indifferentnot 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'd worked her whole life for, and her relationship with the one person she wasn't supposed to love. Going back will prove that everything she did to climb to the top was worth it. 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 nightand 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.
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BookLineNSinker
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast paced, page turner that I finished within 48 hours. Jessica is going to her college reunion, 10 years have passed since her roommate was murdered in their dorm. The East House 7 will gave all there secrets exposed in this mind blowing thriller. It has something for everyone.

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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

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I listened to In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead. When they return to their alma mater for a ten-year reunion, friends face each other and the unsolved murder of their peer, Heather. The story shifts between two timelines as the reader learns everyone has something to hide. None of the characters are likable. It was interesting but not stellar. Three stars

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KathyWheeler
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Mehso-so

I generally like “dark” academia, but I‘m ambivalent about this one. I had trouble drumming up sympathy or empathy for any of the characters. So many of them were just eaten up with envy. The story, however, was interesting enough that I didn‘t bail on it. I think it would have been better told linearly, as the author handled the time jumps in a relatively clumsy manner. #audiowalk

kelseycoleburke Agreed on every point! 3w
KathyWheeler @kelseycoleburke Thanks. I forgot to add that I also thought it was too long. There were several times when I thought, “Surely, it‘s ending now,” but I‘d check my phone and I‘d have several hours left. 3w
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KathyWheeler
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I replaced Marion Lane and the Midnight Murders with the tagged title as my walking book because I have this one through the library and the other one from ScribD. I don‘t really like the characters that much so far because I can‘t relate to caring so much about fraternities and sororities, but I‘m willing to give it a chance. #audiowalk

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BookNightOwl
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This book takes place between 2 different timelines the during college and after college. When Jessica was attending college one of their group friends was brutally murdered. 10 years later and one of their friends is not done trying to figure out who did it. I felt like this was an easy read. I enjoyed the story line. I felt like some of the characters didn‘t really act like they were an adult and more like an annoying young teenager.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Mehso-so

On the fence here…I was eager for it to wrap up so I could learn the truth about who did “it”, but at the same time just wanted it to be over…? Felt too long and too twisty, if that‘s a thing. Unlikeable college friends back together at their homecoming reunion and the memories of their time in college help readers understand how a member of their circle was murdered. Who is innocent and who is to blame? The focus shifts constantly.

ShyBookOwl Hmm.. tentatively stacking this one lol 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @shybookowl lots of people liked this one though so don‘t base it all on my thoughts! 😊 2mo
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Alfoster
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This is a freakishly good book with snarky mean girls (and boys)! Jessica is invited to her Homecoming reunion which brings back memories of all the secrets, lies, and transgressions that still seem to “rule” their lives. Alternating in time from “then” to “now,” the novel documents everything from silly pranks to murder. Couldn‘t tear my eyes away from this one!😱

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MyNamesParadise
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Working Gaithersburg Book Festival, I got to attend some panels. I really enjoyed this one with Ashley Winstead and Vera Kurian, author of Never Saw Me Coming. It was great!

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ckittle019
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So many twists and turns with this one! It was a lot of fun and kept me guessing.

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lilpumpkin2.0
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March 29, 2022 Mannn... This book was giving me the chills. It was a page turner for sure. It had me on the edge of my seat. This book was by far 5/5 stars. There are a total of six friends: Jack, Frankie, Mint, Caro, Heather, and Jessica. Among them is a killer. Eric Shelby, Heather's brother, is trying to figure out who killed Heather. Hint: It was one of the six I mentioned. Okay, no more spoliers from me #readit

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lilpumpkin2.0
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March 26, 2022 I am starting this new book today. A chiller... A thriller... Bet you didn't know that I like reading these kinds of books but i do. I gave you a sneak peak of it earlier. NOW YOU KNOW

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candc320
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Mehso-so

This murder mystery ended up being just ok for me. I‘m starting to think the whole dark academia thing might not be for me. I found these characters to be so unlikable that I honestly didn‘t care who might have killed their friend in college. They were each just so narcissistic and (for most) privileged that I don‘t think THEY even cared who might have killed their friend. Still, I can‘t say that it was bad and I did enjoy the narrator. 🌟🌟🌟

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Cinfhen
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Ugh, I really did not enjoy this book at all. The MOST ANNOYING MC/narrator I‘ve come across in a long time. Jessica Miller, has walked through life with a MASSIVE chip on her shoulder. She‘s excited to return to her 10 year college reunion to show her classmates how successful she‘s become, except Jessica is hiding MANY secrets. The premise was promising but the cast of characters were the most vapid friend group, EVER🙄 #PoP22 #CutleryInTitle

RedxoHearts I gave up on this one for the same reason 5mo
Megabooks Yikes! Maybe we should just avoid books with knife in the title! 😉😂 5mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks haha! But I loved 5mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB of course you‘d find the exception!! ❤️❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, I‘m curious about your book @BarbaraBB I was thinking the same thing @Megabooks 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad to hear I wasn‘t the only one @RedxoHearts I was surprised how many 5 stars reviewed this book has on GoodReads 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Megabooks Am I do predictable 😉?! The one I tagged is by my fave Israeli author! 4mo
Cinfhen Yes @BarbaraBB I‘m iffy on Grossman but that tagged one sounds good ❣️ 4mo
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Cinfhen
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If this wasn‘t for a #pop22 prompt I‘d probably would have bailed by now…it‘s SO VAMPY!!!!! The MOST self absorbed MC I‘ve come across in such a long time 🙄

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sometimes I read outside my comfort zone and I'm pleasantly surprised. Other times I'm reminded that I don't have to read all the books. 🤣 5mo
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Nessavamusic
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A very entertaining, unpredictable thriller. I generally don‘t love books full of unlikeable characters and unreliable narration, but this one kept me riveted. A group of college friends return and unlock a ten year mystery. I won‘t say more, but definitely recommend! 4⭐️
#PopSugar - features a party
#roaringwolf - 2nd chance at love
#bookspinbingo - free space
#fabulousfebruary #readathon

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 6mo
Roary47 Awesome! 😊💛 6mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Quagmire of insanity but deeply engaging. Makes you want to take a psychology class. Holy cannoli, maybe commuter college was the way to go, after all....lol

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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

Hmm, I can't quite put my finger on why this didn't totally work for me. The concept was ok - a group of college friends reunite at Homecoming, air a lot of dirty laundry, and finally get to the bottom of who murdered one of their own. I kind of wish it were more of a police procedural rather than a "someone in this room did it" amateur sleuth style. The twists were ok (and bonus points for the title) but the execution felt a bit too cheesy ⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookDragonNotWorm I thought she did a decent job of keeping the reader guessing even though there was a line in the beginning that gave the whole thing away. There was a LOT going on in this one... 😬 6mo
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BookLineNSinker
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Took my Tuesday trip to the local library and picked up some new selections for my reading and listening pleasure!! Library day is my favorite day of the week!

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Breanne1
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A good psychological thriller that kept me guessing. With the college setting and friends group it reminded me a lot of Secret History.

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veebib
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"I'd pretended I was fine, pretended I'd moved on, but the truth was, the past was still open inside of me, like a half-cracked door, because it was a raw, unhealed wound."

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Booknlt
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5⭐ Thriller. A group of college students form a bond in their freshman year but 1 of them is brutally murdered before graduation now at their 10 year reunion they are all confronted with their secrets that center around the murder

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Areader2
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Jessica is the main character in this dark novel of six friends who meet in college and goes back in forth with current and passed timelines. They all have secrets and complicated pasts and relationships, it‘s a slow build but a decent psychological thriller. #novelnovember

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Every time I picked this up, the rest of the world fell away and I was completely sucked in. There‘s a special magic when a psychological thriller hits all the right notes: interesting writing, layered characters, a compelling plot, sharp insights on human nature, smart twists, and an invitation to self-reflect. It‘s dark academia at its finest; an addictive and eviscerating look at ambition, privilege, social hierarchies, and pain.

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eanderson
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Oooo Kindle Deal alert!!! I‘ve been eyeing this for a while. 😀

MicheleinPhilly I had never heard of this until @TrishB sent it to me. I‘m looking forward to it! 9mo
Bklover Thanks for letting us know! 9mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly phew, glad this didn‘t come up before the book arrived! It came up on one of those recommended for you things you get! I hadn‘t heard of either. 9mo
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eanderson @MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I only had seen some Littens post reviews so I‘m really curious. Maybe we should try to do a read along for it sometime? 9mo
MicheleinPhilly I have a terrible track record when it comes to read alongs 😬 but I‘d be willing to give it the old college try! 9mo
TrishB I haven‘t actually got the book yet! But will watch for your reviews 👍🏻 9mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Another dark academia. Engaging & twisty. Lots of false leads & red herrings. I enjoyed this one quite a bit for a popular thriller. Jessica Miller returns to her alma mater a decade after graduation & a decade after the East House 7 tragically became the East House 6. What really happened that night? Ten years after Heather's death, can a homecoming reunion expose the truth? Totally recommend. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Bakingbookworm
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4 STARS - This is an impressive and twisty thriller about obsession, friendship, ambition, rivalry and just how far someone will go to get what they think they deserve out of life.

Review: https://bit.ly/InMyDreamsIHoldAKnifeReview

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BookDragonNotWorm
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Things explode at a college reunion when dark secrets & friendships unravel until the killer of a classmate is revealed. This one had a LOT going on in it. Every time there was another twist I looked to see how much was left in the book & asked myself, "How's she going to keep this going now that we know this?" But she did! SO many secrets! There's one line early on that let me know who the killer was but she made me doubt myself - a LOT!

Book_tangled I need to check this out! 9mo
BookDragonNotWorm @Book_tangled It''s not the best, but ambitious with plenty of misdirection. 9mo
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Jemgirl2014
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This is binge worthy stuff! I think what I enjoyed most about this book is the author's use of characterization. Jessica, in particular is very interesting. I felt like I needed to crack open a DSM to truly understand her. She is beyond damaged and it's really sad. Even though I figured out the culprit before the end, I was still shocked yet resigned by the twist at the end. So excited she has an upcoming book listed on Good Reads. Can't wait! 😃

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Jemgirl2014
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7 hours read! #2021 Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter #MurderTheyReadathon 70 points @Clwojick 🎃

Clwojick I've heard great things about this one! 10mo
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Jemgirl2014
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Reading this one for a Bookstagrammer's book club that I joined. This was the October pick. I've been reading it for close to five hours straight because I can't get enough! Working on getting my points for #MurdertheyReadathon #TeamSlaughter 😄

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alecia3dixie
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I can't put my finger on exactly why I loved this book so much. I thought it was written very well. Usually when you read a murder mystery you get a feeling of who it was or wasn't, but I honestly didn't trust any of the characters in this book, I was keeping my eye on all of them. I didn't think it was who it turned out to be, but the extra twist at the end, I kinda rolled my eyes, I thought it was just a bit much. 4.5/5 stars

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RedxoHearts
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Unfortunately had to bail on In My Dreams I Hold a Knife. It sounded interesting but I just couldn't get into it.

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TheLudicReader
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Mehso-so

I am sad I didn‘t enjoy this more because I love the title and cover. Jessica Miller attends her ten-year college reunion with the hopes of showing everyone how fabulous her life has turned out. It‘s a problematic reunion tho: her ex will be there, plus the guy she was in love with, oh, and there‘s the pesky unsolved murder of her roommate. Started out strong, the writing is good, but it just all falls apart.

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AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH
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5⭐
It‘s been a while since I read a book that pulled me in as this did. At first, it read like it was going to be like so many other college reunion thrillers out there these days...but before long I was obsessed with knowing the truth. So many secrets between this group of seven college friends. The unraveling of them was perfectly paced and I never really knew what to expect right up to the very end. This is the author‘s debut book, even.

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Soscha
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📕 Tagged

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🤩 The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

💞 That foolish recall is over

@Eggs 😘😘😘😘

#WonderousWednesday

Eggs 💗📚👏🏻🤗 11mo
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angel1
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Glad I listened to all the hype, broke down and bought this one!! Definitely one of my top thrillers for the year!

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Kimbono
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Monday afternoon reading soundtrack #readingsountrack

Kimbono I hated this book 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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guinsgirlreads
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This was a great book about college friends attending their 10 year reunion only to be led into a game of who killed their friend all of those years ago.. it switches between backstories and the present to reveal all of the characters flaws and motivations and is an enjoyable read indeed!

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guinsgirlreads
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This is supposed to be really good! 🤞🏻🤞🏻

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abookishbutterfly
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I don‘t know where to begin with this one. Everything about it was phenomenal - the writing, the way the story was built, the mystery, the exploration of some of the darker aspects of human beings, and the psychological response to an unfair social hierarchy. I truly thought this was a book of absolute brilliance and I hated having to set it down!

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3969119635

TheLudicReader I just picked this one up the other day. 12mo
abookishbutterfly @TheLudicReader I hope you enjoy it! 12mo
ShelleyBooksie Totally stacked this after your review~! 12mo
abookishbutterfly @ShelleyBooksie That makes me happy! 12mo
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