All Good People Here- Book Review

Title:- All Good People Here

Author:- Ashley Flowers

Date published:- August 16th 2022

Genre:- Psychological Thriller

No. of pages:- 312 pages


Plot:- 4/5

Writing:- 4/5

Overall rating:- 4/5

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.

Everyone from Wakarusa, Indiana, remembers the case of January Jacobs, who was found dead 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 fear 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 sick uncle, it feels like walking into a time capsule. Wakarusa is exactly how she remembered: genial, stifled, secretive. Then news breaks about five-year-old Natalie Clark from the next town over, who’s gone missing under eerily similar circumstances. With all the old feelings rushing back, Margot vows to find Natalie and solve January’s murder once and for all.

But the police, the 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 the killer still be out there? Could it be the same person who kidnapped Natalie? And what will it cost to finally discover what truly happened that night?

I listened to the audio book of this book and…well here goes my review.

In 1994, January Jacobs was found murdered in the basement of her home. Her mother was the suspect of her murder, though she was never charged with January’s murder due to lack of evidence. The small town of Wakarusa, Indiana was haunted by the murder of Janaury Jacobs.

Present Day, Margot Davies, a struggling journalist and a childhood friend of January Jacobs returns back to the small town to look after her uncle. The small town soon became grappled with a disappearance of a young girl Natalie Clark. Margot believes that the disappearance of Natalie Clark is similar to January’s case. Is she right? Has the same killer returned back to the small town after all these years?

I actually enjoyed this story from the first chapter to the end that I almost rated this five stars. There were so much twists and turns in the book, too many viable suspects including supecting her own uncle. This was a mind blowing gripping psychological thriller and it was quiet unputdownable too. But the ending…kind of lowered my rating to four stars. I felt the ending was hurried, rushed and that there was some kind of cliffhanger in the book. Will there be another book? What’s going to happen next? Hopefully, it will be another book but I am not sure.

Overall this book worth four stars!

Ashley is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of audiochuck, the award-winning, independent media and podcast production company known for its standout content and storytelling across different genres, including true crime, fiction, comedy, and more. Most recently, Ashley released her debut novel, All Good People Here, a fiction crime thriller that became an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller in August of 2022.

As CEO, she works with her team to create an overarching content strategy and vision for the network of shows and company growth. She also hosts several audiochuck shows, including top-rated podcast Crime Junkie, The Deck, Red Ball, and Full Body Chills. At the core of the company and all its podcasts, Ashley and her team are committed to developing responsible true crime content.

In addition to her work at audiochuck, Ashley is passionate about advocacy work and recently established the nonprofit Season of Justice to provide financial resources in order to help solve cold cases. She sits on the organization’s board of directors.

Ashley was born and raised in Indiana, where she continues to live with her husband, her daughter, and her beloved dog, Charlie. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Services from Arizona State University.

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