I just finished the audio book Are You Sleeping: A Novel by Kathleen Barber. I saw this book via my on line library. It looked like it might be good so thought I’d give it a try.
It turns out it was a good book. The premise is that long ago a girls father was murdered. The girls twin claims the neighbor killed the father. The neighbor boy goes to jail. Years later someone starts a podcast with the idea of reopening the murder case to see ifthe trial came to the proper conclusion and the neighbor boy really was the criminal. Mix in lies, abandonment, and mental illness and addiction and you have a murder mystery worth reading.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:“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 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.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.3 stars. I think I’d agree. It was good but a little predicable. Still worth your reading time.