NetGalley Review: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
Title: Are You Sleeping
Author: Kathleen Barber
Published: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
The only thing more dangerous than a lie...is the truth.
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.
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.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
This was a good book! Not sure what is up but the last few books I am getting from NetGalley are turning out to be good. In Are You Sleeping we are introduced to Josie who doesn't really want much to do with her family besides her cousin. She has changed her name, traveled, even has a boyfriend who doesn't know about her past. Her past is not something she is proud of, so when a podcast starts up about the man who murdered her father and could he be innocence Josie has to relive her past. Her mother left them in the care of their aunt and her twin sister Lanie went down her own path. It has always been that Lanie saw who killed their father but what she saw was that correct or is something wrong with the picture? The past will come to haunt Josie and Lanie and it is up to the both of them to remember that night 10 years ago.
I think the author did a great job with the tweets that were within the story, since this was a podcast and it was opened for all to discuss.
This is a great mystery and for the ending to go the way it did I so did not expect that. I like this author's writing style and her ability to pull you in once she has you hooked. I will be looking for more of her work to read!
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.