ARE YOU SLEEPING by Kathleen Barber
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A completely addictive read with a refreshing approach to the true crime phenomenon and psychological suspense.
This book…holy crap! I cannot express how much I loved reading this debut novel from Kathleen Barber. From the first chapter, I was instantly obsessed with finding out if Poppy Parnell is going to unravel the truth behind an old murder and what it was going to do everyone involved.
ARE YOU SLEEPING is a wonderfully unique approach to a suspense novel. Not only does the reader get to revisit a closed murder case through the eyes of the reporter Poppy Parnell, but we also get all the comments from those who are fans of the podcast. In a lot of ways, this burst of judgment or support for those involved in the case break up the story. It gave me a moment to regroup after another piece of the puzzle was revealed.
With all that goes on in this book and all the lies, doubts, and betrayals, the heart of this novel are two twin sisters. The dynamic between Josie and Lanie is shaped from the past, but as we learn more about the two, the author gives us hope for the future.
This book has heart, suspense, and wit. In my book, Barber hit the trifecta. I cannot wait to read more from this author.
As a complete side note. For anyone who loved this book, take a look at SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski. Though the stories are completely different, I couldn’t help thinking about that book while I read this one. Each are amazing in their own right and each have a unique spin with the concept of the true crime podcast. Just thought you all would want to know.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Serial meets Ruth Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a mega-hit podcast that reopens a murder case—and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter.
The only thing more dangerous than a lie...is the truth.
Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father's murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay. The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name.
When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega-hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.
About the Author: Kathleen Barber was raised in Galesburg, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University School of Law, and previously practiced bankruptcy law at large firms in Chicago and New York. When she’s not writing, Kathleen enjoys traveling the world with her husband.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (August 1, 2017)
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