Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
(Gallery Books – August 1, 2017)
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.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for review – all opinions are my own.
I absolutely loved the format and premise of this book, with its combination of narrative, podcast transcript, and Twitter and Reddit posts. The ramifications and impact of social media and DIY journalism are fascinating to think about and Barber presents these issues seamlessly with the actual story. While the ultimate reveal wasn’t a complete shocker to me, ARE YOU SLEEPING is a compelling suspense story, and I couldn’t put it down. Recommended for fans of modern thrillers and commentary on the role of media in our lives.