In My Dreams I Hold a Knife: TikTok made me buy it! The breakout dark academia thriller everyone's talking about

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In My Dreams I Hold a Knife: TikTok made me buy it! The breakout dark academia thriller everyone's talking about

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife: TikTok made me buy it! The breakout dark academia thriller everyone's talking about

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It was impossible to put down and I thoroughly enjoyed the dual timelines and different points of view. If you liked Marisha Pessl's Neverworld Wake or Laurie Elizabeth Flynn's The Girls Are All So Nice Here, trust me—you will love this. For a second I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but then I thought how it made sense with the breadcrumbs that were scattered throughout.

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.When Jessica and her friends are reunited, they are forced to confront not only what happened that night, but the secrets they would do anything to hide. What she does not anticipate, is that her former friends have lived with their own insecurities and dark secrets. IN MY DREAMS I HOLD A KNIFE is an immersive, atmospheric story of friendship, secrets, and obsession. Walking across the college campus, having fun with your friends, falling in love, making mistakes, no responsibility.

Taut and atmospheric, with scenes from Jessica's childhood and college years interposed with the dramatic events of the present day, In My Dreams I Hold a Knife will keep readers guessing until the very last moment. The novel has some surprising revelations, and one stunning final admission that I didn’t see coming.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. Thank you to Harper Collins Canada, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Readers who love lighter suspense and a healthy dose of interpersonal drama won’t find this to be a negative at all; in fact, they will love the glimpses into campus life and young adulthood that Winstead gives her readers in her book’s first section. Drug dealer, coming from poverty, smart, snarky, charismatic, seeing the true face of Jess from the beginning and he is the only truly accepts her. I liked going back and forth between different timelines which give enough clues about characters’ motives and perspectives.

I also listened to this playlist of dark academia music while I read the book and it was LIFE CHANGING: https://youtu. Despite my lack of enthusiasm for the plot and characters, I felt that the author, Ashley Winstead, displayed a lot of talent. If there was one element of IN MY DREAMS I HOLD A KNIFE that perhaps didn’t work quite as well for me, it was the book’s pacing, particularly in the book’s first third. For heaven's sake, there are millions of choices for names out there, why oh why name characters with nearly the same names? Playful and irreverent, spine-tingling and spooky, The September House puts a fresh spin on the classic haunted house story, delivering an immersive tale about the secrets lurking within one building’s walls, and within the lives of its inhabitants.Winstead’s clever insights into her characters’ complicated lives and motives will keep readers glued to the page. The cherry on top of this deliciously dark read is a cinematic, gut-punch of an ending—the kind of finale that feels built for the big screen, and more than makes up for any slower start that some readers may find this book to have. I recently read and loved The Girls are All So Nice Here, which contains a similar plot and is stellar in its execution. Jess is utterly up front and honest with readers about her motivations; her candor about her need for approval and desperate determination to be the best gives her character authenticity, and the deeper readers dig into her backstory, the more sympathy they will feel for the young girl she was and the woman she has become.

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. I did find it a little slow to start, but by about the third chapter the pacing picked up and I was well and truly hooked. When one of the girls in her tight group of 7 friends was brutally murdered, the blame was immediately placed on her boyfriend. They all gather back at the prestigious Duquette University for their ten year Homecoming reunion, and secrets hidden begin to come to light. Praise “Ashley Winstead’s mordant debut novel, In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, is the latest entry in the budding subgenre of 'dark academia,' where the crime narrative takes place on a college campus.When Jess receives an invitation to her class reunion as part of Duquette’s Homecoming, she knows this is the moment she has been waiting for, where she can prove to her classmates once and for all just how perfectly her life has turned out. I found all of the characters in this book very unlikable, however, this didn’t stop me from rapidly reading the story, suspecting everyone of being guilty at one point or another. Thank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks for the ARC of In My Dreams I Hold a Knife in exchange for an honest review. The characters and their friendships with each other were so dark and gritty, each one more than what they appear on the surface. Ashley Winstead's mordant debut novel is the latest entry in the budding subgenre of "dark academia," where the crime narrative takes place on a college campus.

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