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Are You Sleeping Reader Reviews

Are You Sleeping

Celia Cohen

An intriguing psychological thriller.

I really enjoyed this book. It keeps you guessing with a nice little twist at the end. A definite page turner which you will not be able to put down. The very first few pages captured me. An excellent writer, I can't wait for her next book.

Kathryn Whitfield

A brilliant murder mystery which will have you guessing even after the last page.

A great murder mystery story that had me intrigued from beginning to end. About two sisters who are split apart after the murder of their father. It hard to know who to believe they both tell lies. Lots of twists and turns especially from Poppy Parnell a journalist who has a podcast investigating the murder. I enjoyed the podcast and Twitter feed elements of the story.

I look forward to more from Kathleen Barber and wonder if Poppy Parnell will appear again in another story.

 

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Lorraine Blencoe

What a great idea for a story – a man is murdered and the only witness is one of his twin daughters.

A murder reinvestigated through Facebook and podcasts.

A neighbour is convicted of the murder but thirteen years later the case is reopened by an investigative reporter and social media becomes instrumental in the re-examination of it. I really wanted to love this book but found it a clumsy read. There quite a few plot holes and so many adverbs they become annoying. I thought the use of social media would be refreshing but it was just a lazy way to advance the narrative. I can see it being a film, though, and America loving it.

 

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Carol Peace

It was well written with well-defined characters. I thought it deserved the 5*.

A life moulded of lies, well Josie finds out the hard way that they can come back to bite you.

Josie Buhrman put her past behind her 12 years ago after the person who killed her father was imprisoned. She changed her surname and got on with her life. She met Caleb and they set up home together telling him nothing about her previous life but when a reporter starts to look into her father’s murder she starts to worry and then when she gets the call from her Aunt she knows she is going to have to return home for a while. She has already told Caleb all her family were dead so she can't tell him the truth so she lies again and says she is going for an aunt’s funeral.

I really enjoyed the podcasts littered around the book, it added to the feel of the storyline narrated by Josie it just gave a different perspective. 

Thank you to www.lovereading.co.uk for my copy of the book.

 

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Alison Greenacre

It's a page turner! With good character development, and good pacing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys family based thrillers.

An easy to read thriller, that you won't want to put down!

The story is centred on a murder that happened 10 years ago. A journalist starts investigating the story through a series of blogs. This leads to the family and (public) questioning the conviction.

Sue Burton

This book is thought provoking in the way that one small thing can change everything. Would highly recommend to other readers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut thriller from Kathleen Barber, thought the characters and the characteristics of the twin girls was really interesting and the ending was expected but not expected (if you see what I mean).

Stephanie Harding

Well drawn characters and a good plot. I had to stay up to read the end – need I say more?

A ‘who dunnit’ and also a ‘why dunnit’ which was believable but gripping. I had to stay up to read the end – need I say more? A nice easy read and quite a page turner once into the storyline. A ‘who dunnit’ and also a ‘why dunnit’ which was believable but gripping. 

Julie Evans

A page turner from beginning to end. Keeps you guessing with its woven stories from Josie's tragic past. Skeletons are released from the cupboard uncovering new information about her father's death.

Great book which kept me guessing until about a third of the way through, then I did start to have my suspicions! Josie, the main character, is an extremely forgiving character who has to return to her tragic past life to face both family passed and those still living, neither of which her long term partner, Caleb, knows anything about. Skeletons are released from the cupboard and Josie is faced with new accusations about her father's untimely death and the whereabouts of her mother. With the release of a podcast, re-examining the death of Josie's father, she is presented with new information from both Poppy Parnell, investigative reporter, and her sister, Lanie. Who or what should she believe?! This book is a great page turner and will keep you intrigued until the very end!

Michelle Hodson

Murder, mystery & mayhem. Lies, intrigue and at the heart of the book a very dysfunctional family drama. This novel has it all. Very enjoyable and well written story. Highly recommended.

This book has it all! Murder, mystery, lies and intrigue and massive family

drama. I loved it. The characters were extremely well drawn and the writing flowed making it extremely easy to get into the story and stay involved with the plot. I particularly enjoyed the use of 'social media' throughout the book which helped to carry the story along and gave it a very current feel. The twist at the end was not entirely unexpected but it worked and gave a good closure to what was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Lynne Morgan

Kathleen Barber brings a long closed murder mystery right up to date by successfully incorporating the tale into a social media format. I found this book really interesting, not just in adopting this new approach, but also in its good old-fashioned suspense.

A cold case murder mystery with a really unusual angle.

Set in a small mid-western town in Illinois America, the story explores the murder of Chuck Buhrman, and whether the man now serving time – Warren Cave – really is the guilty party. Utilising social media to the full, investigative reporter Poppy Parnell re-opens the case with her podcast. Immediately, the mystery is opened wide to international attention.

Narrated by Josie Buhrman, one of the murdered man’s twin daughters, this is the last thing she wants, having spent years trying to forget her family’s history and having woven a series of complicated lies about her past to her partner Caleb in order to create a new life. As everything seems to be falling apart around her, Josie has to face up to some difficult truths. Who really killed her father? Can Josie forgive her twin sister Lanie for betraying her, and can she come to terms with the closed cult lifestyle that her mother chose in preference to bringing up her twin daughters!

It brings into question whether this world-wide reach is justifiable, given its intrusiveness? But ultimately, it does play a significant part in finding the truth.

Helen Lowry

Overall, this book kept me reading and kept me wanting to find out the truth of who killed Charles Buhrman. Kathleen Barber is a lady with potential.

Josie's father is murdered, her twin sister betrays her... Then a journalist drags the whole family into the public domain. Will the real truth come out this time?

This is a debut novel revelling in a family’s hidden secrets and betrayals, in particular regarding twin sisters, Josie and Lanie.

Their dad is murdered, and the neighbour next door accused of his murder, on the evidence of Lanie, the unreliable twin. Mum, following on from this, disappears into a cult.

The story is told from Josie’s point of view. She has spent over ten years trying to distance herself from her family, even changing her name, until her mother dies and a podcast surfaces, from a journalist intent on causing trouble, racking the whole matter up again. This is complicated by the fact that she hasn’t told her boyfriend any of this.It is an enjoyable read, with plenty of tension, but, unfortunately, somewhat predictable. It is part suspense, part thriller, part family tragedy and drama. One good twin, one not so good.

I’m not sure if I really liked Josie, but I certainly had time for her cousin, Ellen, and her mother. Both characters with plenty of bottle, needed in this family! I liked the way the author splits the story up with excerpts from the podcasts and social media, very modern.

Teresa O'Halloran

A very modern psychological thriller, that is addictive, and difficult to put down.Kathleen Barber, writes crisp clear prose and her characters are complex. An author to watch.

Ten years after leaving her old life behind her, and having changed her last name, travelled the world and found love with her boyfriend Caleb, Josie's past returns to haunt her. Thirteen years ago her father was murdered. After a trial her teenage neighbour had been found guilty of his murder, but now blogger Poppy Parnell has been stirring things up by hosting a serial podcast about the case. Against her better judgement Josie listens in, and begins to doubt her sister’s evidence. Has an innocent man been jailed for her father’s murder after all?

A psychological thriller, with a mix of action and drama. An addictive debut, which I found hard to put down. A very modern whodunit.

Gill Wilmott

This book racks up the suspense from chapter one. There is no escaping the air of mystery and menace from the very beginning. I would highly recommend this book.

Josie, the narrator of the book has had quite a traumatic start to her relatively young life and now an investigative journalist is about to rake up many memories she has tried hard to seal off from her present mindset. Seal them off so effectively in fact that she is even living a lie to her steady live-in partner. The characters are drawn very well and alongside the main “whodunit” plot are weaved the interrelationships between the relatives in her past life and her present partner. Josie’s narrative is effectively interspersed with the journalists latest pod casts and some of the resultant twitter comments from her listeners. Thus it cleverly brings the classic elements of a murder mystery into the most modern of circumstances. The ending is perhaps not a “bombshell” as there are too few suspects involved for that, but it is still a surprising and cleverly conceived ending.

Evelyn Love - Gajardo

The pace was very slow and seemed to wander round in circles with not much happening

I didn't really like this book.. None of the main characters were very likeable and I felt as if I didn't much care what happened to them. The way the Twitter and social media messages were interspersed with the story didn't move the plot on quickly entourage, although the whole point was the Podcast which reopened the murder investigation so social media played a large part. So, on this occasion, I would have to say that it's not one I would recommend.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509843008
Publication date: 27th December 2017
Author: Kathleen Barber
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,