Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Review: Are You Sleeping?

Title: Are You Sleeping
Author: Kathleen Barber
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: Psychological Suspense/Mystery
Recommended If You Like: Serial and other true crime podcasts, psychological suspense, family drama, secrets from the past, social media in books

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

The Book:

When she was a child, Josie's father was murdered, and her twin sister, Lanie, witnessed it. Their lives were completely torn apart, causing Josie to pull away and even change her name. But now a new podcast is revisiting the case, and suggesting that Lanie lied, putting the wrong person in jail.

What I Liked:

I could not put this book down! It was so gripping and so suspenseful. Barber did a fantastic job of planting these little clues so the reader felt like Josie and the listeners of the podcasts, trying to put the true story together.

The use of a podcast-theme throughout was also genius. I loved Serial, and that immediately drew me to this book. I loved the use of social media throughout the book's pages, from podcast transcripts to reddit threads to twitter. I also really liked that through Josie and her family, Barber also explored the other side of these podcasts-how they affect the victims and their families, knowing everyone is talking and speculating about the crime that tore them apart.

Anything I Didn't Like?

There really wasn't anything not to like about this book. It completely drew me in, and kept surprising me.


Definitely read this book! You won't be able to put it down.


  1. Ooo! This sounds amazing and I just put the eBook on hold with my library. Thanks for the rec. Just today I was thinking on how much I miss Serial :)

    1. I'm so glad! I think you will really like it :)