#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In the propulsive debut novel from the host of the #1 true crime podcast Crime Junkie, a journalist uncovers her hometown’s dark secrets when she becomes obsessed with the unsolved murder of her childhood neighbor—and the disappearance of another girl twenty years later.
You can’t ever know for sure what happens behind closed doors.
Everyone from Wakarusa, Indiana, remembers the infamous case of January Jacobs, who was discovered in a ditch hours after her family awoke to find her gone. Margot Davies was six at the time, the same age as January—and they were next-door neighbors. In the twenty years since, Margot has grown up, moved away, and become a big-city journalist. But she’s always been haunted by the feeling that it could’ve been her. And the worst part is, January’s killer has never been brought to justice.
When Margot returns home to help care for her uncle after he is diagnosed with early-onset dementia, she feels like she’s walked into a time capsule. Wakarusa is exactly how she remembers—genial, stifled, secretive. Then news breaks about five-year-old Natalie Clark from the next town over, who’s gone missing under circumstances eerily similar to January’s. With all the old feelings rushing back, Margot vows to find Natalie and to solve January’s murder once and for all.
But the police, Natalie’s family, the townspeople—they all seem to be hiding something. And the deeper Margot digs into Natalie’s disappearance, the more resistance she encounters, and the colder January’s case feels. Could January’s killer still be out there? Is it the same person who took Natalie? And what will it cost to finally discover what truly happened that night twenty years ago?
Twisty, chilling, and intense, All Good People Here is a searing tale that asks: What are your neighbors capable of when they think no one is watching?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A disturbing crime hits very close to home in this chilling debut from Crime Junkie podcast host Ashley Flowers. Margot’s journalism career is on the line. Her boss has officially ordered her to drop her obsession with a childhood friend’s murder, but that’s harder than it sounds, since Margot believes the killer has struck again. Flowers pits her troubled heroine—who has her hands full caring for her beloved uncle—against a town full of skeptics, a ticking clock, and a huge pile of secrets. All Good People Here is a multilayered whodunit packed with twists. Just when you think you may have it all figured out, well…you probably don’t.
Flowers, the host of the true crime podcast Crime Junkie, debuts with a twisty psychological thriller coauthored with Kiester (The Truth About Ben and June). Twenty-five years after the unsolved murder of Margot Davies's childhood best friend, January Jacobs (forever frozen in public memory—shades of JonBenét Ramsey—as that tiny dancer looking disturbingly older than six in her skimpy competition costume), Margot remains haunted by the case, as well as the way pious finger-pointing in her hometown of Wakarusa, Ind., helped shatter her surviving family. So when duty drags Margot, now a crime reporter for an Indianapolis newspaper, back to Wakarusa to care for the ailing uncle who raised her, she hopes this might be her chance to crack the case—especially once, less than a day after her arrival, a five-year-old vanishes in a neighboring town. The reporter swiftly discovers that the townsfolk she once thought she knew may have been concealing far more complex and problematic passions than apparent back then to a child such as herself. This intricate, intriguing puzzler should surprise even those readers certain they know where the plot's heading. Flowers is off to a promising start.)
Good but unhappy with ending.
I likes the story line and the detail with which this book was written, but the end before the epilogue left me frustrated. I would like to know if the end was left off for a sequel, or if the reader is just meant to make whatever assumption they have.
Riveting mystery of a small town
A journalist for a large Indianapolis newspaper is heading back to her small hometown to care for her uncle, Luke, who’d raised her with his wife Rebecca after she’d been exposed far too long to her fathers violent alcoholism and found the love, safety and a secure childhood and life with her aunt and uncle who she’d always considered her parents and never yearned for more. When she was 5 years old her best friend who’d lived across the street from her was murdered. The small town had suspected the mother and shunned the entire family including her twin brother who was a very troubled and odd kid. The rumors of how the little girl died and who had done it were outrageous grotesque and it was no surprise that the mother had written a suicide note and was found with a gun and wound through her head. Even after her death, the son abandoning his parents and terribly cruel town at 17 and his daughters unsolved murder the father, Billy remained in the town.
On Margot’s second day back to keep an eye on her uncle and working from home another little girl had gone missing nearly 20 years to the days of her little friend, January’s murder that prompted the journalist to become extremely immersed into investigating January’s death, the connection between these two little girls that she had no doubt and was unwaveringly convinced they were committed by the same perpetrator and she was determined as relentless in her story, proving the missing links and filling in the blanks missing to solving this case. As her uncles dementia becomes worse, the case becomes more entangled and other little girls deaths begin to show up in other areas that had undeniable links all that Margot’s story was missing was the hard to prove FACTS connecting them all. Aside from circumstantial evidence, a strong conviction these horrendous assaults sexually physically and brutal lives snuffed out at such young innocent ages Margot was running ragged trying to cope with the decline of her uncles demise, his increasingly horrifying insinuations of his knowledge of what happened to January during his moments when his typical character and personality or what she’d assumed was his typical authentic self would be replaced by a cold hair raising stranger who made her fearful and wonder what was it her knew and could he have murdered her friend? Making her more confused were the myriad of theories opinions and gossip from the townspeople and the poor police investigation from the beginning. When she begins to make one solid connection after the next threats begin surfacing warning her to leave and having been gone for so many years from her small town that she once had such nostalgic and sweet memories of she no longer finds it as innocent and safe nor the people as compassionate or the church going kind folks she’d identified her town and it’s residents as. When the truth is revealed from her hard investigative courageous work the facts are so shocking they left me literally gobsmacked utterly dumbfounded and awed. Phenomenal twists turns sharp whiplashing in unbelievable circumstances taking readers down crazy paths to bring them to an incredulous revelation you’d never even imagined was coming. Thrilling beyond words!!!
Great storyline, just when you think you’ve solved something, there’s a plot twist. Constantly keeps you intrigued.