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Truth Be Told

A Novel
Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
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The only thing more dangerous than a lie...is the truth.

Serial meets Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a megahit podcast that reopens a murder case - and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim's daughter.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last 10 years trying to escape her family's reputation, and with good reason. After her father's murder 13 years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult, and her twin sister, Lanie, once Josie's closest friend and confidante, 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 megahit 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.

©2017 Kathleen Barber (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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  • Michelle
  • san diego, CA, United States
  • 05-01-18

Please don't waste your credit

This isn't even a guilty pleasure. Poor writing, a predictable plot and god awful narration made for a very long listen. I felt compelled to find out who had done it, and of course it was exactly as I had guessed less than 1/4 of the way through the book. Wooden, one-dimensional characters that I couldn't muster enough energy to care about led to a very underwhelming ending. There are too many other good books in this genre.

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Bad narrator

Bad bad bad. I dont know if its the narrator, but i didnt enjoy it at all. I had to finish it because i paid for it.

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Great Listen

I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy fast listen. I will listen to more of her books.

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Why Oprah?

Three strikes? I deeply respect Oprah but this is the 3rd book I pick up from her book list that I end up hating.

To be fair, it contained 2 characteristics that I particularly dislike in any book: 1) incessant inner dialogue (and in this case many times whiny) and 2) a huge lie to a lover/loved one that is beyond recoverable. Add to this cartoonish and predictable characters: the bitchy gold digger, the loveable foreigner, the druggie sibling, the obnoxious journalist, and saintly aunt. To compound matters it's easy to figure out who-done-it, and the use of memory loss to conceal it is old. The matter of how we have become obsessed with reality shows and social media without regard to the impact on lives affected, which may have been the main message, is what saves any part of this book. Sadly, what I enjoyed most were the twitter and reddit parts. Maybe that last comment says more about me than the book, but I failed to see any originality in this novel to classify it as a must read in the suspense/thriller genre.

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Interesting story but needs more suspense

Good overall story but I was expecting more mystery and suspense, what I got was a lot of family drama and an annoying podcaster that was everything an investigative journalist should NOT be. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book but mostly just the last chapter.

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Seriously?

The ending was obvious from the first few chapters, I made myself finish it just in the hopes that there'd be some unexpected twist or something. Nope. So dull.

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Loved it

Rebekkah Ross is my favorite narrator her voice is so easy to listen too. it was a great book!!

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predictable

i liked the story but there were no real surprises. i like a little more mystery. The performance was great.

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Kind of a pointless story?

Maybe pointless isn’t the right word but it was just ok. It wasn’t a book I couldn’t stop listening to and I feel like the plot line was very unoriginal. Overall, I didn’t like it.

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Not Bad

"Are You Sleeping" isn't bad. It wasn't as good as I had hoped, but it was enjoyable. A bit predictable. I got sick of Josie & her martyr attitude by the end. I was hoping for something more sinister about Lainey. I really enjoyed the podcast portions about the crime. Rebekkah Ross did a fine job with the narration. Not much to say about this one. It's an easy whodunit, but sometimes I need that.