Are You Sleeping…by Kathleen Barber

Posted February 22, 2019 by Karen in Books, Mini Review, Reviews /

Are You Sleeping…by Kathleen BarberAre You Sleeping

by: Kathleen Barber
Published by:Gallery Books on August 1, 2017
Setting: Elm Park, Illinois
Format: Glose
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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 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.


Josie Buhrman is leading a normal life in New York City when she overhears someone discussing a true crime podcast. The catch is that this crime podcast exclusively discusses the murder of Josie’s father, Chuck Buhrman. Chuck’s murder tore Josie’s family apart. The rift has caused Josie to stop speaking to her twin sister, Lanie.


The character of Josie was pretty one-dimensional and with the exception of the lies she tells her boyfriend she really didn’t do much interesting. On the other hand the charter of Lanie seems bipolar and mean. She was normal one minute and totally off the wall the next. The whole thing with her pretending to be Josie was just weird and came out of nowhere.


The interesting concept of this book is that Josie’s twin sister, Lanie, saw the murder and sent a man to jail that may in fact be innocent. This has sparked a crime podcast hosted by the colorful journalist Poppy Parnell.


The whole story was just an average thriller with nothing really amazing. So I was totally shunned when I found out Apple TV is making a series out of it. It seems like they are really changing things up and making the podcaster, Poppy Parnell, the main character. This makes sense but also makes it a different story entirely.


‘Are You Sleeping’ was not the twisted deep mystery/thriller I expected. It kept me interested but there was nothing special or unique about it. This one was a middle of the road read for me.


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About Kathleen Barber

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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About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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