Are You Sleeping Hardcover – 10 Aug 2017
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Are You Sleeping will more than likely keep you up all night as this most compelling suspenseful novel unfolds. A classic whodunit gets a very clever modern treatment that left this reader’s heart racing right up to the last page. (Liz Nugent, author of Lying in Wait)
I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough . . . a terrific debut (Jenny Blackhurst, author of Before I Let You In)
Utterly compelling! This tense, clever, addictive book will have you reading well into the night. (Paula Daly - author of The Mistake I Made)
An astute debut . . . turning our obsession with true crime inside out (Stylist)
Dark. Moving. Timely. (Oprah.com)
An addictive debut psychological thriller for fans of Serial, Disclaimer and Luckiest Girl Alive.See all Product description
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This is another book based around someone hiding from their past. What sets it apart from all the others is that it delves deeper and covers more subjects just than this. We have the media involvement which is predominately a podcast but this is coupled together with the now very topical use of social media and there are examples of this dotted sporadically throughout the text, complete with scarily accurate comments both good and bad.
Josie hasn't had a good time of things. Her father was murdered, witnessed by her twin Lanie on whose evidence, the man responsible was convicted and imprisoned. Their mother then left them in the hands of their Aunt when she left to join a cult. No wonder Josie changed her name and moved to escape it all. Then, one day all her nightmares come at once when investigative journalist Poppy Parnell (great name) re-opens the case in the form of a podcast. The man convicted has always protested his innocence and Poppy believes that there is more to the case than originally came to light. Then Josie's mother dies and she is forced to lie to her current boyfriend Caleb who knows nothing of her past, as she returns home to face her past and, in doing so, also face her sister, her twin, once close, now exiled. What will she find when she gets there and will it eventually lead to the truth?
This book lead me round the houses and then some, the author skillfully weaved a tale that had me meekly following every twist and turn as, quite early on, I gave up trying to second guess. The characters were delightful, all in different ways. Some I connected to immediately, others took a while and the odd one, well, I had enough in the bag that the odd one didn't hurt at all. I especially liked Aunt A and her daughter Ellen. I also really enjoyed some of the character interactions both positive and negative, and there were some whose development along the way was so well done that the majority came across as completely credible. Obviously, you're not really supposed to like the baddies in books, in this case one of them being Poppy, as some of the things she did to get her story were a little sneaky as well as the way she spun some innocuous things into being something big, but at the end of the day, she has a job to do and I guess she did it very well. The one I didn't really connect with was Caleb, for what reasons I have no idea but to me he didn't quite work.
As well as the ending, the author delivered shock after shock throughout the book. Boy did she put her characters through the mill as well as me as a reader and I lost count of the number of times my jaw dropped or I held my breath as another one landed in front of me.
The narrative flits n time back to before the murder, just after and then to the present day. Sometimes I find it hard to follow these multiple timeline books but i found this one very easy to get to grips with and never got lost. I loved how the past was injected/uncovered at just the right. times in the present to move the story along a bit further.
All in all another cracking debut, can't wait to see what the author offers up next time.
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
We then discover that the other twin is, in fact, Josie who has left her home, changed her name and is finally settling down with her long- time partner Caleb. The only problem is that she had never told Caleb about her family history and has not spoken to her twin for 10 years.
When the episodes of the podcast become ever more popular, Josie has to return to face her demons and try to discover whether the original murderer has been wrongly accused and, if so, who did commit the crime. The main witness, Josie’s twin Lanie has had a very unstable youth, rebelling against everything, drinking, doing drugs and compounding her bad behaviour by deliberately seducing Josie’s first love, Adam. She is now married to him and they have a 7-year-old daughter. Lanie seems to have become a changed person but as the podcast reveals, even more, details of the case and their mother Erin commits suicide the whole family begins to fall apart.
The whole case revolves around Lanie’s testimony and I did not find her to be a particularly real character. She seems to have no real reason for her behaviour and is totally unpredictable. The whole murder is finally resolved due to what Lanie finally reveals but I did find it difficult to understand how something she was completely sure about 10 years before can suddenly change.
As I said earlier this was a promising debut. It is one of those books where you want to know what happened but I thought the characters maybe needed a little more depth, I did not feel any real empathy with any of them and just felt slightly unsatisfied at the end.
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