Are You Sleeping: A Novel Paperback – March 6, 2018
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"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
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I am really into true crime podcasts (proud murderino right here!) and I thought this was an interesting side of the coin we havent heard from before.
I felt like it was a little slow to start, but once it was going - it was good! but then it was over.
I probably wouldnt reccommend this book, but I do think it's an interesting conversation starter.
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This is not just about the person who was murdered, as devastating as it is, this book focuses on those who have to deal with the fallout, the suffering inflicted on them because of others and how they live the rest of their lives seemingly in a lie.
Each character, I am so happy to say ( after reading countless others books that don't) has a genuine place in the novel. Each character has a vivid personality and contributes, positively or negatively, on the situation that unfolds.
The podcast drags up, literally, painful memories and dark thoughts, questioning those they love and the ones left behind.
The story itself is tragic and raw. The father was murdered due to infidelities, that is quite clear from the start, as a result an innocent person goes to jail. The story unfolds really well and stays on track not losing focus on what it is edging towards. Many secrets and lies are revealed and it's an emotional read but the author describes those emotions and reactions well.
All the clues are there for the offering and you can work out who it was pretty much before the end but it's still a bit of a surprise when its confirmed because you are hoping against hope for the main characters that it's not who it turns out to be.
The author clearly uses social media within the books ie: Twitter, but really well. Us reader can be subjected to awful uses of it and it ruins the book, the use of social media here, enhances the read and even makes you second guess how you might come across with your own comment on such places. I must say I didn't like the journalist at all she was horrid so that is another plus to a good book.
I didn't rate it five stars because I felt an opportunity was wasted by not using the innocent man more, his mother or even the journalist. I would have also like to have discovered more about the victim to help the lead up to the discovery of the murderer. So much could have propelled the story and added twists and turns.
I would definitely say I can't wait to read more from this author.