Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: August 1, 2017

I both love and hate when a book keeps me up all night. I'm tired, but I'm so glad I didn't stop. I needed to know how this story played out. I hated some characters, but I really loved others. When it comes to a suspenseful mystery, Kathleen Barber nailed it in Are You Sleeping.

Josie Buhrman keeps her past locked deep in the past. Not even her boyfriend knows the truth, though she's always wanted to find a way to tell him. It's just really hard.

The truth is Josie's father was murdered. A neighbor was arrested. After the murder, Josie's mother walked away on her twin daughters leaving Josie and Lanie to be raised by their aunt. Lanie's rebellion after the murder drove the sisters apart. It's all in the past, however.

Then a rather intrusive journalist decides to take a close look at the murder in a weekly podcast. The podcast goes viral, and the entire nation wants to get to the truth. When Josie learns her mother died, she's forced to return to her hometown and face her sister for the first time in years.

The last thing Josie needs is to start listening to the podcast, but it's what she does. The more she listens, the more she questions everything she remembers.

There are parts of Are You Sleeping that drove me batty. The podcast journalist, just ick. I know that investigative reporters can be slimy. Kathleen Barber did such a good job making this woman unlikable. She's pushy, arrogant, and was so easy to hate.

The story itself keeps you reading with almost an urgent sense. I couldn't wait to get to the next podcast, no matter how much I loathed that fictional reporter. I wanted to see what would be revealed and try to figure out the murder along with everyone. I was truly engaged from start to finish.

It's been a while since I've pulled an almost all-nighter reading a book. I'm glad I did! It was worth it.


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