All Good People Here

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.

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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?

All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers Book Reviews

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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.

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.

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!!!!

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

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

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.

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!

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?

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.

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

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.

Still can’t believe they way it ended!

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!

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!

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

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!!

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!!!

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.

10s across the board!

Twists and turns like no other. Stellar selection

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!

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

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

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

Loved the story line and all the characters. Thank you Ashley flowers for making this for us crime junkies.

I really enjoyed the first 95% of this story, but it was the worst ending of any of the 500+ books I’ve ever read. Maybe it’s supposed to be a cliffhanger? I’m not sure, but it didn’t work at all. It felt unfinished and abrupt.

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I love Ashley, I found the crime junky podcast a few months ago and was immediately hooked. I am no big reader but I wanted to try this book. It caught my eye and I couldn’t put it down. Great story. Nothing boring about this novel.

Never a dull moment and there are so many surprising twists and turns that keep the reader anxiously waiting for the next surprise which it never failed at! Often leaves reader with open mouth and gasps of shock at what evolves over the course of the book! Thoroughly enjoyed!

Quick read but the “twist” is predictable and it follows to closely to another well known real life event. Ending is horrible. Ashley should probably stick to podcasts.

I haven’t read a book for fun in at least 15 years. But when I heard Ashley Flowers was releasing a novel I knew I had to read it and I knew it would be good. I’ve listened to Ashley since the beginning of her podcast Crime Junkie and truly believe she is THE best storyteller in the true crime genre. This novel proves she is simply one of the best storytellers in crime fiction as well. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat and just when I thought I had it all figured out- I’m bamboozled again and I loved every moment. Bravo, Ashley.

This was a good book and a quick read! I finished it in about a day. It had twist and turns and I was very intrigued! However, the ending made me think a chapter was accidentally not published. I even went back and read the ending but still came up dumbfounded. I think I can see what the author was trying to accomplish with the ending but it fell short. Hopefully there will be a sequel published soon to actually tell how the story ends.

I couldn’t get enough of this book. It sunk its teeth into me early on and I was so engrossed in it that I barely noticed the time flying by. This is one of those books that I thought I had figured out early on, but with every other page there was a new twist or turn. I couldn’t put it down!! Highly recommend for any true crime fans.

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Easy read read it in one day. Wished the ending was different. Hoping for a sequel after that cliffhanger!

Really enjoyed the book. Until the end. Can’t understand why she ended it the way she did. It was like she just woke up one day and decided to stop writing. No real ending at all.

I was ready to give this book five stars. And then…it ended. There is nothing worse than an author that leaves (spoiler alert) a main plot line unfinished. Up until then the writing had my eyebrows jumping up and down as regular as an elevator, the plot twisting and turning, an excellent read. Bad decision, author.

I’m disappointed in the open ending! As soon as I finished I was upset, too many unfinished connects.

I’m sorry I wasted my time reading this cheap murder mystery. Don’t recommend

This one kept me guessing. It seemed like it was going to be predictable for just a minute, then a twist would come every time I thought I had figured out a piece of the puzzle. Time well spent!

This was a really fun read. I really enjoyed all the twist and turns in this book. Because of the cliff hanger I would absolutely love it if there is a sequel to this book.

Thrilling with a turning event every page. Keeps you guessing the whole way through. Well done!

Such a good book it really did have twist after twist. Had so many good moments of true crime cases intertwined as well!

All Good People Here is an easy read and a good story. Well done, Ashley!

I just kept following through the perfect ping-pong match of this crime! I have to say that as a frequent True Crime/ Crime Junkie listener, I like when cases actually have an ending so this was perfect!

truly on the edge of my seat from start to finish. OUTSTANDING

I really enjoyed this book! I was nervous because the reviews I read had me thinking I would be left on a cliffhanger, but 3 murders were resolved, the characters were intriguing, and I really didn’t figure it out until the last few chapters. Ashley Flowers always delivers, I’m so glad I read this!

This book has me engaged from the start, and the story had lots of twists and turns. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending but overall do recommend this one!

It’s been a while since I’ve been hooked this intensely on a book. If the next one could come out now that would be GREAT!!

I’m seeing some people saying they didn’t like the ending. If you wait until the end, you’ll understand. Maybe because I loved the audible, the book read differently to those that read it? No, I think it had a great ending if you are a true crime fan.

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

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! 🥰

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!

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It’s been a while since I’ve been hooked this intensely on a book. If the next one could come out now that would be GREAT!!

I’m seeing some people saying they didn’t like the ending. If you wait until the end, you’ll understand. Maybe because I loved the audible, the book read differently to those that read it? No, I think it had a great ending if you are a true crime fan.

Great story that had a lot of twists & turns. I stayed shocked the whole way through. I hated the way it ended though. Maybe there will be a 2nd book to go along with this one!!

Overall a good book, but the ending was not a good stopping point.

What the heck? Terrible ending

Book was frustrating but kept me on my toes. Absolutely hate the ending.

This was a great story with layers and a lot of twists and turns. I truly enjoyed reading it. I did feel there was some unfinished business to address (aside from the intentional cliffhanger ending). I hope there is another on its way to tie up the loose ends!! Totally worth the read and was a fun story for a crime junkie!

While reading the story I’m thinking “this should be a movie”. It was great from beginning to end. The twist at the end was so unexpected. This book is proof that Ashley Flowers tells a great story, and I’m here for it!

Just when I thought I had it figured out… I realized I clearly didn’t. Plot twist after plot twist!

Could not put this down!!

I won’t spoil anything but it’s crazy good! I mean it was the best read I’ve had in a while. Ashley Flowers keeps you guessing and looking around every corner. The most intent and thrilling books!

Bought this book because I’m a fan of Ashley flowed podcasts but this book was truly captivating. 10/10

Couldn’t put the book down the twists and turns are brilliant!

Kept me in suspense !

Twists and turns at every turn of the page! Fantastic novel!

Unreal book, kept me on the edge of my seat

Started out good enough. A very slow read and a little boring.

This book had me turning the pages for what would happen next until the very end. I had my suspicions about the “who dun it” from the beginning and just as I started to feel like the most intuitive reader ever things flipped and I was left trying to piece the puzzle together with every one else. The only thing that bothered me was the loose ends that remained at the end. I hope there is a sequel or that this turns into a series to tie those up.

Excellent first book by Ashley Flowers. Hoping to see more from her in the future!

Great book

Aside from descriptive phrases reused too many times throughout the book and a cliffhanger ending that was completely unsatisfying, the actual storyline itself had me on the edge of my seat. I think it was a great first novel so I hope Flowers continues to bring us even more riveting stories to binge in the future.

This was a god mix of the JonBenet Ramesey case and Sharp Objects. But that ending! Just left lots of unanswered questions for my mind lol.

Fantastic book!

Admittedly, I was skeptical before reading Flowers’ first novel—but I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t put this story down, and when I did, I couldn’t get it off my mind. A page turner so cleverly written, giving you everything you need without revealing its secrets too soon. Only gripe: the ending. I echo others complaints that the ending wasn’t fulfilling—it ended on too much of a cliffhanger. And I don’t believe this book needs a sequel, so you’re kind of left questioning if the authors were lost on how to provide a fulfilling ending and this was the easiest way to do so. Otherwise, I highly recommend giving this story your time as it will command your full attention.

Kept me hooked the entire time and was so well written!! Five stars!!

10/10 !!!! I’m a die hard crime junkies fan and couldn’t wait tooo read this book !!! Sooooo well written I loved it and I hope there’s a second book !!!

Interesting twists. A few details taken from real headlines, despite that part, I still liked it.

Enjoyed the book until the last couple of chapters — the ending was really disappointing & did not wrap up any “loose ends.” I’d still recommend the read but I think 3/5 stars is fair.

How disappointed was I with the completely unfulfilling and abrupt, premature ending? Very. I almost gave this novel two stars because of that. I don’t know what the author and the editors were thinking by concluding that ending was anything but frustrating. And all after a terrific, gripping read.

For her first novel I think it was great. Kept me interested the whole way through. There were a lot of twists to the book which I’m still debating if I enjoyed or not. I liked that I couldn’t fully predict what was going to happen, but also gave the book an all over the place feeling like the author wasn’t sure which road to take either. The ending left me wanting more. Will be disappointed if there isn’t a sequel or something!

I love the podcast and this book definitely didn’t disappoint. Shocking surprises throughout the book, highly recommend for all the crime junkies out there!

I cannot believe it really ended like that. Is there going to be a sequel?? Why would you write an amazing crime story only to end it like that??

About halfway through the book, I was convinced I knew how it ended. I was a little disappointed at the predictability, but kept reading. Turns out I was wrong about everything. Kept me guessing right up until the end. Amazing book. Hope Ashley Flowers keeps at it with the crime fiction!

This book was amazing with so many twists and turns. You think you have it figured out but quickly realize you don’t! Great read.

Loved this book, kept me intrigued from start to finish. Just hated for it to end!

Good read. Disappointed in the ending though.

This book has so many twists! I read it faster than I’ve read almost any other book! I have loved Ashley Flowers from Crime Junkie and couldn’t wait to purchase her book when I heard about it!

Amazing murder mystery! Kept me on my toes throughout the entire read!

Absolutely incredible. Read it in 24 hours. I usually pride myself in being able to guess the ending of books but this one definitely surprised me. The characters are all full fledged and developed. Plot is engaging. And the writing in extraordinary. 10/10 impressed excellent read.

Mediocre. Complete spin off of the JonBenét murder… and horrible ending that leaves the reader with so many questions.

I love this book the suspense was killer and you really don’t know how everything is going to wrap up in the end but I had the weirdest itch that told me who to suspect I recommend reading it or buying the audio book consume this book you won’t be able to put it down or pause it if you’re hearing the audio book

What an amazing novel Flowers came out with. Truly a crime junkies dream, and the plot twists keep you on your toes throughout the entire book!!! I cannot recommend something more!!

Great read, great story, great twists and turns with the most ridiculous and disappointing ending of any book I’ve ever read.

Ashley Flower wrote a compelling, engaging, believable novel that keeps you captivated from page one! I hope this is only the beginning of her as an author! She is amazing and this book was one of my favorite mystery novels!

This book was worth the wait! Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down! Just when you think you know who did it there’s a twist!! Would recommend for all crime junkies!!

I’ve followed Ash for years now. Crime Junkies is by far one of my all time favorite podcasts. This novel was undeniably fantastic. The twists will leave your head spinning. I just could not put the book down. I can not wait for more to come!!

ASHLEY!!! This book is everything. I knew I wanted to read it, because literally everything Ashley puts out is phenomenal, but this book blew me away. I was hanging on her every word of this master piece. I related so heavily to Margot’s character, as I am currently a full-time care giver for my own father living with dementia. The twists, the turns, the details in every nuance of this story. Perfection. 🥲🙌🏼

So impressed by this new author! You truly never know where the book is going and the ending is shocking. I read the whole thing over 24 hours. Can’t wait for her next one!

I couldn’t put this book down if I tried! It gave me “mental whiplash” from the amount of plot twists! Over the years I’ve read many mystery books that felt too far fetched to the point I couldn’t get into them. However, this story had me forgetting it was fiction! I smiled, cringed, laughed gasped, and ugly cried throughout the entire thing. I was completely captivated to the very last page and I’m so stressed about the ending (in a good way). I have so many questions and hope there will be more to the story because I am not ready for it to be over!

what a page turner!

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Ashley Flowers 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. Media career Flowers, ....

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