FICTION

Are You Sleeping

Gallery. Aug. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501157660. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501157707. F
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OrangeReviewStarA tragic past rarely stays in the past—or buried. Barber's first novel begins with Josie Buhrman thinking she has moved far beyond her father's murder 13 years ago. His killer is serving time in prison, thanks to her estranged twin sister's eyewitness testimony. But Josie is shaken to her core when she comes across journalist Poppy Parnell's popular podcast, which is reexamining the case. Is the convicted murderer innocent? Did her sister, Lanie, lie about whom she saw? Will Josie be able to tell her boyfriend the truth about herself and where she comes from after so many years of lying? Josie must reconsider her father's death and the people connected to it if she is to have any hope of finding a peace that will allow her to move forward with her life.
VERDICT Barber weaves a twisty tale that will grip readers as they follow Josie confronting a past she finally cannot escape. Highly recommended for fans of the podcast Serial and authors such as Ruth Ware and Paula Hawkins.

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