- Title: Are You Sleeping
- Author: KathleenBarber
- ISBN: 9781501157660
- Page: 494
- Format: Hardcover
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 dangerous than a lie the truth.Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family s reputation andSerial 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 dangerous than a lie 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.
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An unscrupulous reporter, Poppy Parnell starts a podcast to reopen the murder case of Charles Buhrman and it quickly goes viral. His two daughters, Josie and twin sister Lanie haven’t spoken to each other since the day of the murder. A horrid event that sadly tore the family apart along the way. Now, years later, the recent death of their mother is bringing them back together. Can Josie let go of the past and reunite with her sister? Told from Josie’s perspective, as well as Poppies’ pod-c [...]
4 Stars.What happens when your past comes back to haunt you? In “Are You Sleeping” by Kathleen Barber, the main character, Josie Burhman finds out. And for her, it isn’t pretty. Josie has spent ten years hiding from her past, going so far as to legally change her name and traveling abroad aimlessly for five years before setting down roots in New York. But as we all know, you can’t escape your past for long. Josie’s father was murdered, thirteen years prior. Her mother, unable to cope, [...]
3.5 starsAre You Sleeping is a predictable psychological thriller. In spite of this, it’s very readable much so that I found that I HAD to keep reading, even though I knew how things were going to play out. 10 years ago, Josie Borden nee Buhrman fled her small Illinois hometown to start a new life. She travels the world, changes her last name, and finally settles down with her boyfriend, Caleb, in Brooklyn. What’s she running from? 13 years ago, Josie’s father was murdered. Lanie, Josie’ [...]
Reconsidered: The Chuck Buhrman Murder was splashed in bold red letters across a fuzzy black-and-white picture of my father. It was the headshot he had used for work, the one where he looked less like an actual college professor and more like a caricature of one, with his tweed jacket, crooked eyeglasses, and thick black beard. The faint twinkle in his eyes threatened to undo me.Daddyis book is split pretty evenly between “family drama” and “mystery novel.” on the plus side, it is a comp [...]
Perception.And how exactly do we arrive at our view of the world and all of its clingy entanglements?Is it purely ours to hold within or has it been tainted and smeared with the handprints of others?Kathleen Barber presents her story of Are You Sleeping through the lense of social media. Poppy Parnell, an investigative reporter, is resurrecting a murder case from 2002. It involves a beloved college professor from Elm Park College in Illinois. Although the murderer has been convicted and serving [...]
3.5 stars! I enjoyed this suspenseful, gripping, page-turning debut psychological thriller!This story follows the main character, Josie, through the reassessment of her father’s murder case from thirteen years prior. Investigative reporter, Poppy Parnell, creates and releases six mega-hit podcasts titled “Reconsidered” that reexamine this murder trial. Through the podcasts, Parnell asks questions to uncover facts and theories which end up reopening the case that was ‘solved’ years ago. [...]
Traveling Sisters Group Read with Brenda, Kaceey, & Lindsay!3.5 stars rounded up to 4 starsARE YOU SLEEPING by KATHLEEN BARBER is a clever, suspenseful, creative, and a somewhat predictable psychological thriller novel that was uniquely told with podcast excerpts and social media feeds which added a very interesting aspect to this storyline for me. The way that this story was told and the format of this book is what I found most enjoyable. KATHLEEN BARBER delivers a well-written and characte [...]
3.5 starsI read this one along with my Traveling Sisters and enjoyed our short discussions. Time wasn’t really in our favour with this one and we mostly read it on our own. So for this review, I will focus on my thoughts.Are You Sleeping was a nice surprise for me and I really enjoyed the lighter side to this story yet a little chilling and unsettling at the same time. It’s a story with hidden family secrets and betrayals that has caught the attention of the media. I really enjoyed what I ca [...]
It’s been thirteen years since Josie’s father was murdered and twelve years since his murderer was imprisoned. The tragedy destroyed the family. Josie hasn't talked to her mom or twin sister in over a decade. She thought she left all of that baggage in the past, but blogger/journalist Poppy Parnell is hosting a hit serial podcast that's bringing the closed case back into the public eye. Josie panics. She’s spent the last decade trying to forget that night and now everyone is talking about [...]
Are You Sleeping is part suspense, part thriller and a lot family drama all nicely rolled into one fabulously written book. While it is yet another TWIN drama filled with lies and deceit, the plot is unique and the addition of social media via podcasts make the story more interesting as well as more timely. Josie and Lanie are twins who survived the tragic murder of their father years before. Their mother, in the aftermath, ran off to join a cult! Now, a reporter with a podcast is re-examining t [...]
Complex, creative, and satisfying!Are You Sleeping is a character-driven thriller that takes us on a journey to solve a 10-year-old murder while delving into the intricacies and psychological effects homicide, deception, and abandonment have on surviving family members.The writing is well done. The characters are scarred, leery, and emotionally distant. The plot has a good mix of mystery, intrigue, conflict, and drama. And the unconventional narration using true-crime podcasts and social media [...]
4.5 Truth or Lie StarsWhen Josie and Lanie were 15, their father was killed. According to Lanie it was Warren (son of their neighbor). After that incident, Josie and Lanie’s relationship wasn’t like before. Lanie became the villain, unstable and drug user girl. Their mother had some issues but with these things everything became too much for her so she abandoned them and joined a cult without saying anything to them. After that Josie left home and start traveling abroad. Now twelve years aft [...]
3.5 stars“I’d hoped it would all just blow over, but apparently America has an appetite for that brand of opportunistic, sensationalistic reimagining of the truth.”This one has an interesting concept. Amid the trend of true crime podcasts looking into crimes of the past whether unsolved or controversial where every key piece of evidence gets investigated with the hope of overturning a conviction by the end (think Serial), you’d think we’ve seen this done before. But you’re wrong.I wa [...]
UPDATE: I recently did a Q&A with Kathleen about this book, and I just had to share it!! Her responses are fantastic. Read that here: crimebythebook/blog/2017/84.5/5 stars for this original & addictive read!! Read my full review here: crimebythebook/blog/2017/6This book definitely isn't as dark as some of its peer psychological thrillers, but its originality & inventive storytelling make for a completely addictive read. A great summer thriller!!
There’s an emerging literary trope in which an intelligent, but battled-scarred female protagonist with a tragic past, gets the hell outta dodge, but is inevitably forced back to her hometown to confront her demons. A spurned love interest, bitter ex-bestie, or pissed-off sibling are also generally thrown in for good measure. Off the top of my head I can think of two acclaimed works published in 2016, Kara Thomas’ The Darkest Corners and Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls, which fit thi [...]
Talk about an addicting, compulsively-readable book. The author truly kept me needing to know what was going to happen next, with a captivating format that includes the transcripts, commentary, and social media of an investigative reporter (a la the Serial aspect of the story), coupled with the first-person narrative of Josie Buhrman, the daughter of the murdered man featured in the podcasts. Josie's storyline was immersive, fully developed, and she portrayed a like-able voice in which I w [...]
"The truth is never complicated. It's just the truth.Circumstances may be complicated, but the truth is always black and white."Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber is an engrossing psychological thriller with innovative storytelling and a compelling plot. It is a classic whodunit, but with the twist of modern day elements such as podcast transcripts, reddit threads and twitter feeds. I wouldn't place it under the dark and horrifying category of thrillers as there is minimal bloodshed and vey lit [...]
Josie Buhrman's father was shot and killed 13 years ago, and Warren Cave - the goth teenage boy next door - was convicted of the crime. Afterwards, Josie's already troubled mother fell apart, and ran off to join a cult. To top things off, Josie's rebellious twin sister, Lanie, betrayed her in a very hurtful way. So at 18, Josie left a goodbye note for her beloved Aunt Amelia - with whom she'd been living - and left Elm Park, Illinois. Josie backpacked and hitchhiked around the world, supported h [...]
You can find more twisted plot reviews at booksbejeweledJosie's father was murdered by a teenage neighbor ten years ago, when she was still a girl. The killer was sent to prison and Josie's family fell apart. Her mother, an emotional wreck, up and left Josie and her twin sister, Lanie, to join a cult in Northern California. She never saw or spoke to her daughters again. Josie and Lanie, the twins, are left to live their teenage years with their Aunt Amelia and cousin Ellen. Lanie was the single [...]
What are the stories we tell ourselves?A podcast about the Charles Buhrman murder of 2002 is about to reopen old wounds for daughter Josie and possibly create new ones. Living in a protective box, Josie has managed to piece together a new life in the Big Apple with Caleb. But the past's reach is not far Journalist Poppy Parnell's clutch. Poppy seeks unanswered questions about Josie's fathers untimely death. Is Warren Cave the man convicted of Buhrman's murder the actual assailant or was a lie to [...]
I loved "Are you Sleeping" which again has two very different sisters at the heart of it and reminded me just a little of the brilliant "Six Stories" which I also loved recently - but I think that was just the podcast aspects which really do work well in telling the wider story.In "Are you Sleeping" a new podcast re-examining an old murder opens up old wounds for an already fractured family. Taking in themes of memory, sibling relationships and traumatic past events, Kathleen Barber weaves a ten [...]
Josie Buhrman's father, Chuck, was shot in the head in their family home when Josie and her twin sister, Lanie, were teens. Their seventeen-year-old next-door neighbor, Warren Cave, was convicted of the crime, based mainly on Lanie's testimony that she saw Warren shoot her father. Now, twelve years later, Chuck's case is being featured on a new podcast, called RECONSIDERED (think SERIAL), featuring crime reporter Poppy Parnell. Poppy has unearthed the case at the behest of Warren's mother, Melan [...]
In the end, I enjoyed this book - but it was the plot, not the characters, that turned the tide. For much of the first half, all I did was mutter to myself how much I detested main character Josie Buhrman (and to a slightly lesser extent, her twin sister Lanie). The latter sister struck me as the "evil" twin, just as apparently she did to the characters in the book who knew her. Josie was another story; she spent most of her time berating other people for their lying ways when she was arguably t [...]
*3.5 stars. In October, 2002, in suburban Elm Park, IL, Chuck Buhrman is shot in the back of the head in his own kitchen. The seventeen-year-old neighbor boy, Warren Cave, is convicted of the crime and sentenced to life in prison. Buhrman's daughter, Lanie, is the one who gives the evidence that convicts him, testifying that she actually saw him pull the trigger. Now thirteen years later, Poppy Parnell, a radio personality who hosts an expose podcast called 'Reconsidered,' is looking into whethe [...]
I really enjoyed this, even though it felt like it took me forever to finish. It's a slower read - no real big reveals and not a fast-paced suspense by any means. There's a lot of character development, and it was good for the story. I loved the sinister, creepy feeling throughout the book and that it kept me guessing and on edge. I pretty much figured it out by the end and felt it was a little anticlimactic. I think the ending was a little abrupt and there could've been a bit more closure/answe [...]
You can find all of our reviews at reallyintothis/Happy Reading, friends!I was Really Into This book, my friends. I finished it a while back & have been thinking of the best way to review it because there are so many things I enjoyed.First off, the idea of a podcast looking into a murder is perfectly timed. Everyone I know was crazy about Serial & Jessica & I were totally hooked on S-Town, which has a similar premise. The main character, Josie, hears that a podcast is looking into he [...]
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy from Netgalley for my fair and honest review. I loved this book. I couldn't stop reading. The author seamlessly integrated modern elements without it feeling forced. I liked the characters and and story was interesting from beginning to end.
3.5 starsIf you enjoyed (maybe the wrong word?) podcasts like Serial or S-Town, this book might appeal to you. The story follows a young woman, Josie, whose life gets disrupted when a podcast about her family's tragic history becomes a sensation. The premise sounded really intriguing and it started off quite well, but I did feel it lost momentum after some time, and became a bit repetitive and rather predictable. That being said, it was an easy read and well-written. I would read more by this au [...]
I read this thing in one buck wild sitting. I totally guessed the murderer (which you know I LOVE).I really dug the relationships. I wasn't super into the kiiiinda surface-level handling of addiction, mental health, and religious issues.I found the first half way better than the second half. 4 stars! I liked it!
This psychological thriller starts off slowly but as the story moves forward I became immersed in what was happening. Josie and her twin sister Lanie have been estranged for many years. The book focuses on family dynamics, their father was murdered and their mother joined a cult, not the basis for a great childhood. Due to this, Josie who was betrayed by Lanie, creates her own life story that is not reality but one that she feels she needs to invent to move forward, even her husband is not aware [...]
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