In My Dreams I Hold A Knife
By: Ashley Winstead
Mystery / Thriller
Overall: A 10 year college graduation reunion celebration is about to be happening for “The East House 7” of Duquette University. It would be a fun occasion, except for the fact that one of their group, a popular girl named Heather was brutally murdered their senior year of college. One of them was accused of the murder, but there was not enough evidence and the charges were dropped. Since then, they have all been staying away from that horrible crime, and from Duquette, and trying to just forget and move on. They are all protecting their own secrets. Jessica Miller, one member of the group, is excited to go back to the reunion to finally show everyone how beautiful and successful and perfect she turned out. The story is told mostly through her point of view. It goes back and forth in time
between their college days and the present time at the reunion. Heather’s brother is at the reunion too, and has been obsessing over his sister’s murder for the past 10 years. He is there to question the group of “friends” and get to the bottom of things once and for all. He knows that one of them had to be the one who killed Heather. He is there to solve his sister’s murder and finally bring her killer to justice.
Ovations: The thing I liked best about his book was that it kept me guessing the whole time. I did not know who the killer was until it was revealed at the very end. There were lots of twists and turns and things you did not know were going to be revealed by the characters. Also, there was a romantic love triangle with the main character Jessica, and I always enjoy a good love triangle.
Oh Well: The books goes back and forth in time every chapter and it gets very confusing what time you are in. There are also a lot of characters at the beginning and you have to try and remember who is who because you have just met them at that point. So, for a while you don’t know who is who really. Also, almost none of the characters are likeable, so I found it hard to really get invested in caring about them. It’s hard when the main narrator is not a good person. Also, I found it moves quite slowly, and most of the book is backstory that you have to read through to get to the present day situation that is actually the exciting part.
Opinion: Many people on Bookstagram loved this book. That is why I bought and read it. However, as thrillers go, I found it rather slow. It also did not help that most of the characters are very unlikeable. However, on the plus side, there are lots of surprising things revealed throughout the book… good twists, and I could not guess the ending at all. But, I can’t recommend this book, when there are others that are so much better. Rating 6 out of 10
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