Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Book Review: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Title: Are You Sleeping 
Author: Kathleen Barber 
Release Date: August 1st, 2017 
Genre: True Crime 
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.
In this true crime read, the story follows along Josie Buhrman. A woman that years ago lost her father in a gruesome murder. But in losing her father she also lost her mother who ran away to join a cult and her twin sister became a rebel. 

The man that they locked away, their teenage neighbor, may not have actually committed the crime. 

This crime is only being dug up again because of an investigative reporter Poppy Parnell. She doesn't believe he committed the crime he is rotting in jail for. So she starts a podcast that goes viral. Everyone wants to be apart of it and set the man they locked away free. In doing this skeletons will be dug up and lives will be put on the line. 

Josie who is not to thrilled about the podcast soon finds out that her mother has committed suicide and she has to go back home to attend the funeral. And see too many lingering ghost. 

But as Poppy gets closer to the truth...things go very bad for these characters. And this book will keep you guessing until the very end. 

I really enjoyed this fast past, who done it crime and was lost to these characters. Barber does an amazing job of keeping you on your toes and looking into everyones lives. 
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.

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