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Are You Sleeping

by Kathleen Barber

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Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2017
    336 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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.

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"Starred Review. The intense plot and character studies are enhanced by the emotional look at the dynamics of a family forever scarred by violence." - Publishers Weekly

"An interesting effort to critique society in this age of unfettered access to other people's stories." - Kirkus

"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

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Kathleen Barber

Kathleen Barber was raised in Galesburg, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University School of Law, and previously practiced bankruptcy law at large firms in Chicago and New York. When she's not writing, Kathleen enjoys traveling the world with her husband.

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