All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers Book Summary


#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?

All Good People Here Book Details

Book Name All Good People Here
Genre Women Sleuths
Author Ashley Flowers
Published 16 August 2022, Tuesday
Price $12.99
E-Book Size 6.14 MB

All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers Book Reviews

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Kylie, not Jenner

Captivatingly Suspenseful. This book kept me intrigued throughout its entirety. I was constantly asking questions and yearning to find the answers on the subsequent pages. For the first time since Netflix was created I actually chose to read after putting my son to bed instead of binge watch one of my favorites. If you’re a mom, or parent, you know the few hours between your kid/kids going to bed and you finally shutting your mind off are SO valuable, and I promise you won’t regret spending them reading this book.

Julia Cristine V

Thank you Ashley!!!. I am a fan of crime junkie and originally picked up this book out of solidarity to Ashley & Brit. It was an amazing read, so many twists and unexpected turns. Impossible to put down, and did not see the ending coming. Definitely worth the read!!


Fantastic book!. All I can say is WOW! The twists and turns! I loved how this story is laid out and I love how Ashley keeps us guessing!! Phenomenal!!


Decent book, dangling ending. This was a decent story, though that ending leaves something to be desired. I liked the last chapter and the perspective, no matter how awful it was to read. But the story seems unfinished rather than mysterious with the protagonist asserting she’s not going to ‘be another statistic….’ But then what? It just comes across messy.


Genuinely Surprised (no spoilers). I discovered Ashley Flowers' podcast Crime Junkie about a year ago or so, and it eventually led me to coming across her ad for her debut novel, All Good People Here. I personally knew I would grab it for myself just to support her, because I do genuinely appreciate what she has built and why she does what she does. Unfortunately, after grabbing and starting the audiobook version, I could not bring myself to finish it due to the voice acting. I just did not like certain lines, so after restarting that like 5 times, I grabbed the physical copy for myself and WOW. I am soooooo happy I did. I have read so many books over the years, and I have to admit, this is THE FIRST novel where I personally ACTUALLY experienced that feeling of not being able to put down the book. Once you reach about halfway through the book, the twists and buildup is insane. I seriously just had to find out what was happening. I had my doubts, but Flowers really did that. This was phenomenal; Clearly very well thought out, and the way she delivers the twists was so well done. I HIGHLY recommend this book for those who love crimes and/or thrillers.


Loved. 10s across the board!


A let down in the end.. Reads like it was originally a much shorter book that got padded to fill space. A lot of exposition and monologuing from characters who could have gotten it out in a chapter or less, sometimes felt like I was chewing through this book to try to push past how boring it got at times. the ending was really bad. Not a suspenseful enough ending to justify a cliffhanger, too vague and honestly uninteresting. SPOILER :ok so does she die? Does she escape? You don’t even really care by the end because the interest is just gone. just an unfinished book. The twists are fun and interesting, but the ending really ruins the whole thing. Disappointed. Feels like the reviews are perhaps biased to the authors non-writing fan base.


My jaw is on the floor. Wow, 10 stars Ashley Flowers


Good but the ending. I agree with the other reviews. The book was really good but the end was too much of a cliff hanger. I understand having a little bit of a cliff hanger to end a book but that ending just felt rushed and unfinished


So disappointing. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, I’m a loyal Crime Junkie listener, but towards the end, I don’t know how any author would leave the main character’s story so abruptly. There was too many loose ends and questions. You can’t categorize the ending as a cliffhanger, it was just awful.


Wow. Twists and turns like no other. Stellar selection


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.


I bought the physical copy and I loveee it. Perfect amount of plot it was interesting and it kept me on my toes


Awesome work!. Great job, ashley! Literally kept me guessing until the end! To put it into perspective, I’m not a big reader & I finished this book in 2 days! Couldn’t put it down! ❤️❤️❤️ more please!

Kaydee Led Free

I need more…. Like now. It was a great book that kept me hooked the entire time… until the end. I don’t want to spoil anything but the last chapter leaves you hanging and very unsatisfied . What happens to Margot?

1 Gallop Girl!

All Good People Here. The plot, while interesting, took awhile to spark my interest as the characters needed to be fleshed out a bit more. Once I was invested in the characters it flowed more smoothly. The abrupt ending totally disarmed me. I expect to be entertained and have the heroine of the story triumph over whatever difficult odds are placed in front of her. This book had no closure and no forgiveness. I am left wondering what happened to the main character, to her uncle, and to her story. It has totally put me off this author.


Cliffhanger. You have no idea who the killer is even if you think you do until the last couple chapters at best.


Disappointed. The storyline was pulled from headlines, the writing was Meh, the ending was horrible.


Oookkkk. But what happened to Margo?!?! And Luke and Billy?!?! I’m surprised by the ending as many others were but it feels incomplete. The heroine has no ending.


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!!!

Tamiracle Williams

Good Story, But Lots of Fluff. The book had a good plot, but it took way too long to get to it.


Horrible ending.. Had a generally good plot and a few good twists but the ending was awful. No closure. First half of the book moves slowly so no payoff is really disappointing.


Entertaining but embarrassingly unoriginal. I guess we shouldn't be shocked that Ms Flowers, no stranger to plagiarism, would lift the central crime in her novel so brazenly from a famous real life event. It's a shame, really, because her writing is workmanlike enough. But lazy is lazy, no matter the medium. Read and be entertained, but I can't help but wonder why she's not embarrassed to be such obvious.

Ask Ashley250

What the Heck?!. This story is fascinating and interesting but there are so many twists and turns I couldn’t keep up sometimes. But when I did, I was shocked! I’m glad I finished this and will be on the lookout for more books by Ashley Taylor!


Perfection. This book is seriously the first book I’ve read in decades that was truly amazing and addicting! Every twist surprised me! It was fast-paced and kept me hooked, but somehow every character was very well-developed. Please write more Ashley!!


So So Good!!. The twists and turns were excitingly endless! I so badly just wanted to keep reading!


Super engaging!. The dual timelines kept my attention because they were both so good! This is a fast read and really good!


Ending???. Alllll good until the missing chapter at the end. Some loopholes that seemed attempted to close but we're still unclear and one BIG cliffhanger and loophole that had no reason being there! Pretty disappointed with the ending because otherwise it was a great plot and well written


Captivating. A must read for all crime junkies! So many twist & turns!


Great then not. This thoroughly-engrossing book is ruined by a conclusion that is idiotic. Too convenient, too quick, too simple. The miraculousness of all the story’s strands coming together just in the nick of time makes deus ex machina endings look plausible. It feels like the author grew bored with her story and had to hurry up and finish so she could run off and produce a new podcast. The positive review in The NY Times is inexplicable to me.


Get this!. I bought this book because I love Ashley flowers and crime junkie. So amazing that she released this! I finished this in 24 hours... And I never do that!


Jen. Some parts predictable


Great book!. Great storyline, just when you think you’ve solved something, there’s a plot twist. Constantly keeps you intrigued.

Cini kc

Rose in Mo. Decent crime thriller but sentence structure was awkward and vocabulary lacking.


Like the book a lot. Well developed characters, good plot twists. I didn’t mind the ending that bothered some of the other reviewers.


Soooo good!. Just when I thought I had something figured out, Ashley threw me for a loop! Such a great book!!


Omg!. Still can’t believe they way it ended!


Maddening. You leave us wondering the fate of the title character… great book until the end!


Good book but…. It was really good but the ending - not a fan.


Amazing read!. Excellent book! So many twists, just when you think you have it figured out.. Wrong!

Pickles 7

Good book. Great book but come on what happened to Margo. Too many loose ends that needed to be tied up.


Great!. Very good read! Couldn’t not sit this book down! Finished it in two days! Just wished I could find out what happened to one character in this book. That’s all!


Great Twist. What a great story so many twist and turns. But what happened to Margot? I really don’t think I liked how that ended. I just kind of feel unfinished.

Movies 4you

The Ending-No Spoiler For Sure. This novel is well written for the most part, but the ending shows a lack of courage or some missing link of the author’s. The ending is not an ending. I used this tactic when I wrote a piece of fiction in high school.


Great story!. It was great all in all I was staying up late reading to know what happened!! But the part I want to know is what happened to Margot in more detail . I wish there was more !!!!! Great work Ashley!!!!


so. good.. came across this book being a crime junkie podcast fan and was not disappointed! very well written. job well done, Ashley Flowers!

Murderino Jen

It was ok. The story itself was great, it immediately brought the Jon Benet case to mind. But the last few chapters seemed really rushed (like how did they find him so fast to make the arrest right after they called in the anonymous tip?) and then the ending. Cliffhanger isn’t the word I would use, unfinished is more like it. Absolutely no closure for the main character. That whole last charter needs a rewrite. I did love the dual perspective/timeline, it keeps you interested and the epilogue was good. Overall an ok read, but probably would never re-read.


Decent book until the ending.. Needed way more closure at the ending


My GOODNESS!!!. This book is definitely worth 5 stars! Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen there was a twist! Kept me interested from the very start! I hope Ashley writes more books, I’m ready to read the next one!


This book is great!. This book was absolutely riveting. I thought I had it all figured out more than once, but I never would have guessed the ending.

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Wow. Wowowow! this was just phenomenal. A thriller, with an amazing plot line and descriptive writing that draws you in. I could see it playing out in my head the whole time!


So good!. I’m a fan of Crime Junkies so when I heard Ashley Flowers wrote a book I immediately bought it! It was so good! Well written, leaving twists and turns at every chapter. Highly recommend! Ashley - keep writing new books! 🥰


Incredible. Amazing, amazing story. Easy to follow and absolutely captivating. It got me back into reading and now I need another!


Amazing!!!. I really enjoyed all the twists and turns of this book, I could not put it down!! I hope Ashley Flowers writes another book!

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About Author "Ashley Flowers"

Ashley Flowers (December 19, 1989) is an American podcaster, writer, and non-profit organization founder. She is best known for the true crime podcast Crime Junkie. In August 2022, Flowers' debut novel, All Good People Here, became a New York Times bestseller. Early career and personal life As a child, Flowers, who read mystery and crime novels such as Nancy Drew books and who watched television shows like Matlock, thought that she might one day have a career as a cold case detective.Flowers worked in biomedical research and later in sales for a medical device company. During her work commutes, she listened to true crime content, including Serial, a true crime podcast recommended to Flowers by her childhood friend, Brit Prawat. Flowers started working in business development for a software company in 2017.Ashley Flowers lives in Indiana and works in Indianapolis. Flowers has a daughter, Josie and a dog, Charlie (Chuck), who is the namesake for Flowers' podcast network, audiochuck. Me....

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