Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Are You Sleeping: A Novel Hardcover – August 1, 2017
This month's Book With Buzz: "Stranger in the House" by Shari Lapena
In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A thriller packed full of secrets and a twisty story that never stops - from the bestselling author of "The Couple Next Door." See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“..[An] inventive debut…The intense plot and character studies are enhanced by the emotional look at the dynamics of a family forever scarred by violence." (Publishers Weekly starred review)
"Barber is a delightful writer who has produced a taut thriller that will leave you wondering the identity of the killer. My prediction: the book is destined for the New York Times best seller list." (Chicago Tribune)
"I was completely hooked from the very fist page. Layers of deceit, family drama, a murdered father, a disturbed mother, mayhem, cults, lies, betrayals, and a possibly deranged podcaster--this story has it all. Lanie and Josie are Janus twins, and their twisting lives left me breathless. Who to trust? Who to believe? Who really killed their father? ARE YOU SLEEPING taps into our collective conscience with a true crime podcast propelling the narrative and takes an unflinching look at the truths we create about ourselves. Kathleen Barber is a fabulous new author to watch. If you like twisty psychological thrillers, this is your book." (J.T. Ellison, bestselling co-author of THE DEVIL'S TRIANGLE)
"Kathleen Barber perfectly captures the media frenzy around a notorious murder and the inclusion of a podcast adds an extra layer of timely eeriness. The public perception is contrasted flawlessly against the element of private pain, such that the “public” itself becomes a fully developed character. Beautifully and sympathetically written, ARE YOU SLEEPING? is a murder whodunit, a social commentary, and an exploration of sisterly bonds all in one." (Kate Moretti, author of The Vanishing Year)
“Are You Sleeping will more than likely keep you up all night as this most compelling suspenseful novel unfolds. A classic whodunnit gets a very clever modern treatment that left this reader's heart racing right up to the last page.” (--Liz Nugent, author of Unraveling Oliver)
“Reminiscent of the hit podcast Serial, this debut is an exciting read about what happens when the past continues to haunt the present.” (Dallas News)
"Anyone who has fallen head-first into a podcast such as "S-Town" or "Serial" will appreciate the plot of Kathleen Barber's novel." (--Houston Chronicle)
"Ripped from the headlines of an on-line pod cast that reopens murder cases, this really well written psychological thriller moves rapidly through time as it unravels the circumstances surrounding a small town murder." (Fiction Addiction)
"Josie's dark past becomes fodder for the podcast du jour--if that doesn't hook you, the twist will." (Cosmopolitan)
“An excellent examination of what it must be like to be caught up in a media frenzy…absorbing reading for those who can’t get enough of flawed-but-likable narrators.” (Booklist)
“…showing how complicated the truth can be when people have different levels of investment in it. Dark. Moving. Timely.” (Oprah.com)
About the Author
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.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
This is another book based around someone hiding from their past. What sets it apart from all the others is that it delves deeper and covers more subjects just than this. We have the media involvement which is predominately a podcast but this is coupled together with the now very topical use of social media and there are examples of this dotted sporadically throughout the text, complete with scarily accurate comments both good and bad.
Josie hasn't had a good time of things. Her father was murdered, witnessed by her twin Lanie on whose evidence, the man responsible was convicted and imprisoned. Their mother then left them in the hands of their Aunt when she left to join a cult. No wonder Josie changed her name and moved to escape it all. Then, one day all her nightmares come at once when investigative journalist Poppy Parnell (great name) re-opens the case in the form of a podcast. The man convicted has always protested his innocence and Poppy believes that there is more to the case than originally came to light. Then Josie's mother dies and she is forced to lie to her current boyfriend Caleb who knows nothing of her past, as she returns home to face her past and, in doing so, also face her sister, her twin, once close, now exiled. What will she find when she gets there and will it eventually lead to the truth?
This book lead me round the houses and then some, the author skillfully weaved a tale that had me meekly following every twist and turn as, quite early on, I gave up trying to second guess. The characters were delightful, all in different ways. Some I connected to immediately, others took a while and the odd one, well, I had enough in the bag that the odd one didn't hurt at all. I especially liked Aunt A and her daughter Ellen. I also really enjoyed some of the character interactions both positive and negative, and there were some whose development along the way was so well done that the majority came across as completely credible. Obviously, you're not really supposed to like the baddies in books, in this case one of them being Poppy, as some of the things she did to get her story were a little sneaky as well as the way she spun some innocuous things into being something big, but at the end of the day, she has a job to do and I guess she did it very well. The one I didn't really connect with was Caleb, for what reasons I have no idea but to me he didn't quite work.
As well as the ending, the author delivered shock after shock throughout the book. Boy did she put her characters through the mill as well as me as a reader and I lost count of the number of times my jaw dropped or I held my breath as another one landed in front of me.
The narrative flits n time back to before the murder, just after and then to the present day. Sometimes I find it hard to follow these multiple timeline books but i found this one very easy to get to grips with and never got lost. I loved how the past was injected/uncovered at just the right. times in the present to move the story along a bit further.
All in all another cracking debut, can't wait to see what the author offers up next time.
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
I received a galley of this book for an honest review.
In Josie, Barber gives us a heroine it's impossible not to root for: her father was murdered, her life is now being shared with the public, and now her mother has committed suicide. She's not a perfect character, but she's certainly interesting. The book is fast-paced and well-written.
There was a red herring I didn't buy at all, and I wasn't surprised by the ending (it's tough to surprise me). But overall, I loved the book and can't wait to see what Barber comes up with next.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Also, a lot of unnecessary wordage, easy to skip over.