Are You Sleeping – Kathleen Barber

Ending out July strong with some great upcoming August releases!

Big thanks to Gallery Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

ARE YOU SLEEPING by Kathleen Barber – releasing August 1st, 2017! A great thriller with social media tie ins and a podcast that opens up murder case that we all thought was solved (Making A Murderer, anyone?)

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

“The only thing more dangerous than a lie…is the truth.” ARE YOU SLEEPING by Kathleen Barber is another great summer thriller release. Josie is doing everything she can to escape her family’s past, but what happens when everything begins to catch up with her?

We follow Josie Buhrman. Josie has spent the last decade trying to escape her family’s past and reputation. Thirteen years ago, her father was murdered and her twin sister, Lanie, was a witness. After identifying the killer and sending him to prison, Josie’s mother takes Lanie with her and joins a cult to escape their town. Josie has traveled the world and changed her name – now she has settled down in Brooklyn with her boyfriend Caleb. Their life together is great, except for the fact that she has lied to him about every detail of her past.

Her new life comes to a screeching halt when investigative reporter Poppy Parnell begins a podcast that is opening up her father’s murder case. Even though the killer was convicted and sentenced, Poppy believes there is more to the story. The social media storm that follows is one she can’t hide from and then when her mother commits suicide, she is forced to go back to her hometown in Illinois. Can she face her past and save the future she has built based on countless lies?

I really enjoyed the element of social media and the role that the podcast played. That gave this thriller a more modern twist, in my opinion. Like some other reviewers have pointed out, the podcast and it’s reason for starting definitely reminded me a little of MAKING A MURDER. It makes the reader wonder, why is this case being reexamined? What details were we missing before? Josie is a complicated character with a horrific past, but Barber does a great job in developing her.

This book is told primarily through Josie’s perspective, but the book is mixed with the podcast, news articles about the murder, interviews, and even discussion threads from Reddit and Twitter. This was so unique and I loved it.Β  So, overall, if you want a good thriller and if MAKING A MURDERER intrigued you, then I’d highly recommend that you pick this one up!

 

Now I need to go watch Making A Murderer again! Any other fans out there? Even though it pissed me off, I still loved watching it.

–Jess

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