What Dreams We Had – Phill Featherstone

Book cover with bare light bulbs twisted on it


This wasn’t what I expected at all, and I enjoyed it all the more because of that. 

A different take on a friends’ holiday thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. 


Five young people are in the dead period between finishing their exams and getting the results that will determine what they do next. It’s a time of anxiety but also a time of hope. And it’s the end of an era because whatever happens they will go separate ways. Meanwhile, there is a long summer vacation to fill.

Out of the blue, they receive an astonishing invitation. Four of them are in a band and a wealthy celebrity wants them to play at an event to be held at his home in Tuscany. All their expenses will be paid and they will live in a luxury villa. It sounds too good to be true, and it is.

They go to Italy, but when they reach the villa they find it’s empty. The location is remote, and with no transport, no internet connection and no mobile signal they are cut off from the world. A succession of mysterious events begins which forces them to review who they are and to rethink what’s important to them. It’s not until the final chapters that we discover the real reason why they’ve been brought to the villa and exactly what the experience will mean for them. 


Phill Featherstone has created a wonderful thriller that had so many little twists and turns, you got thrown off the bigger twist until the very end.

I guessed a few minor things but not everything and the fact I read it in a day says a lot! 

The setting of a remote grand house in Italy was really good, and the descriptions of the dreams that were involved were so vivid; it was like you were there. Which, I guess, is the point. The way Phill conveys terror, so subtly, is a game-changer. I love thrillers that do it so carefully that you don’t see the danger until it’s too late. 

The characters were really well-written and the relationships between them were always changing. Joey and Elena were my favourites, they saw more than most just by watching. 

Thanks to Love Books Tours and Phill Featherstone for a free copy of the book in return for an honest review. Definitely one of my favourites of the year. 

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