A Gripping Page-Turner

In a world saturated with crime novels and thrillers, it's refreshing to stumble upon a book that manages to stand out from the crowd. Ashley Winstead's In My Dreams I Hold a Knife is one such gem that combines suspense, nostalgia, and college dynamics in a way that keeps readers hooked from start to finish.

What makes this book particularly captivating is its ability to capture the essence of college friendships. As a reader who is also very close with my group of college friends, I found myself nodding along to the experiences and dynamics depicted in the story. Winstead's portrayal felt so authentic, almost as if she had tapped into the collective consciousness of college friendships. It was like reliving those late-night conversations, inside jokes, and unbreakable bonds all over again.

But it's not just the friendship aspect that shines in this novel. The flashbacks to Greek life brought back a flood of memories for anyone who has ever been a part of that world. Winstead's attention to detail is commendable, as she perfectly captures the excitement, the camaraderie, and the occasional darkness that can permeate these exclusive circles. These flashbacks added an extra layer of realism and intrigue to the overall narrative.

Speaking of intrigue, Winstead masterfully maintains a sense of suspense throughout the story. Just when I thought I had a character figured out, suspicions were cast in a different direction. This constant state of uncertainty kept me turning the pages, eager to uncover the truth behind that fateful Valentine's Day. The plot twists and turns were unexpected yet believable, leaving me satisfied with each revelation.

While the characters in In My Dreams I Hold a Knife may at times read a bit flat, almost like archetypes, their development is not the primary focus of the book. Instead, they serve as vessels to drive the plot forward, to keep the suspense heightened, and to deliver those shocking moments that make this book so hard to put down. Despite their lack of depth, their roles in the story make it easy to overlook this minor flaw.

Ultimately, the strength of the plot and the unrelenting suspense overshadow any shortcomings in character development. Winstead's ability to keep us guessing and engaged is a testament to her skill as a storyteller. Whether you're a fan of crime novels or simply enjoy a good suspenseful read, In My Dreams I Hold a Knife is a must-read that will leave you wanting more.


Mystery & Thrillers