#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.
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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 debut novel
A good debut novel from Flowers. She has all the resources at her fingers being a true crime podcaster, and definitely used them. A few similarities to famous cases, but she made it her own with twists and turns throughout. Enjoyable read with good imagery and descriptions. Looking forward to her writing.
A good quick read
I wanted to love this and went in with high hopes. While it was enjoyable to read, had a good reading pace, and was well organized, the plot was very predictable, characters lacked substance, and the ending felt like a cop-out.
Didn’t expect the ending
It began a little slow, struggled to stay interested. But trust me just power through bc the last half gets exciting