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All Good People Here

By: Ashley Flowers
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley,Karissa Vacker,Ashley Flowers
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2022 Ashley Flowers (P)2022 Random House Audio

Dear Listener,

How did my podcast Crime Junkie influence my debut novel?
"This is a story that has been living inside me for a very long time. Born from lessons I have learned from working in the true crime space, this fiction novel holds truths I hope become bigger than this book. The first being that you never know what happens behind closed doors. Families have secrets, but even more than that, they have their own pain and traumas that can be amplified by people from the outside looking in and casting judgments. I also hope that this book inspires people to never give up on a case. Yes, it is fiction, but I live in the world of cold cases. The protagonist in this story, Margot, is modeled after so many investigative journalists I have come to know over the years. They aren’t done when the piece is written or when the podcast is over. They keep running until they find the truth, and in Margot’s case, until the very last word on the very last page." – Ashley Flowers, writer of All Good People Here

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Too much hype?

Having just finished this book, I’m at a loss for my feelings on this debut novel. The ending is where I have the most issue - no spoilers, it is mostly exposition. Perhaps that is a symptom of being a new author? Overall, I enjoyed the dual timelines and how they interwove. Will definitely read a second novel if she chooses to write one.

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Derivative, but entertaining

As a true crime buff, I found this entertaining! A little too on to the nose with the JonBenet Ramsey case, with a touch of others like Casey/Caylee Anthony. I found the level of parallel distracting and somewhat lazy, like a re-imagining of the JBR case (maybe even a hint of what the author thinks happened there). It was very plot-focused and the characters could have used more development. The ending was abrupt; it was also open-ended, which can work, but not for this particular narrative. It seemed like it was going for Joyce Carol Oates vibes, but fell short on execution. I did like the structure, the shifting perspectives, jumping around in time. This novel had a lot of potential! Overall an entertaining read that kept me engaged, but if they'd spent more time developing it, it could have been better.

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this is literally the JonBenet Ramsey‘s story

I was so excited for this and am so disappointed that it’s literally just the jonbenet story… thought it was gonna be her own.

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A lot of hype for a mediocre story

I don't write reviews. As a matter of fact this is the first one I have EVER written but I felt the truth needed to be told.

I am a true crime junkie. I have been rocking with Ashley and Britt from the beginning and purchased the book out of support for them and will purchase a second because I love them both.

However, I have to be honest this story fell short. People that are giving four and five stars are either doing it because it's Ashley or they don't read true crime. This story is the nonfiction story of JonBenet Ramsey with a little Casey Anthony thrown in and a sprinkle of fiction to tie it all together. There wasn't anything to figure out. The hyped up twists and turns that will supposedly keep you guessing until the very last page just isn't there. I'm sorry Ashley I love you and as I said I will support you if you decide to write another novel but I must be honest this one totally missed mark. I do believe that you have the potential to be a great author as I've seen your growth from when you started podcasting to now and you've become a great podcaster but I believe I'd be doing everyone an injustice to say this book is five stars just because I like Ashley and Britt when the truth is it's barely a two for me.

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Alternate title: Flowers Take on JonBenét Ramsey

Unoriginal story. Just a copy of the JonBenét Ramsey case. Ending was uninspiring and didn’t even resolve.

Not all bad, it was entertaining.. but I couldn’t really get over those two things.

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Extremely Disappointing

I love Crime Junkies podcast and wanted to love this book, but it was torture getting as far along as I did. Twists and turns? I don't thinks so. It was the dullest, most boring crime story I've ever read or listened to. Reading it may have improved the story, as I found the narrator to be just awful. She made the characters sound so slow and stupid. I felt compelled to give it a good chance but when I realized I didn't even care to find out how it ended was when I decided to return it. Not worth the credit but I still love Crime Junkie.

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Cliffhanger ending deserves 1 Star

While the story was OK, I figured out who killed January pretty quickly.

Margot is a typical slacker also known as a disorganized millennial who I despised.

The cliffhanger will not entice me to buy the next book.

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Left a big hole at the end

I enjoy listening to a variety of audiobooks and podcasts. this was a decent listen, with good performances and writing. Sometimes the conversations were unrealistic, but overall an entertaining story. I listen while working and thought I had accidentally skipped a chapter at the end before the epilogue. I went back and checked, even replayed the last chapter to see if I skipped something. Apparently it was intentional. So strange and unsatisfying. I would love to have Luke or another character add some good action and closure to that last chapter. A real missed opportunity to climax and close what could have been a good story.

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I wanted to love it… I’m sorry but it’s I can’t! ☹️

I love Crime Junkie & maybe if she had read this herself I could have listened to it but I had to skip most of the chapters. I skimmed each chapter because I really hoped it would be a great book because I love Ashley & Crime Junkie.
I think the positive comments on here are because they feel Ashley is a friend & wants this new venture into writing to work. Maybe an actual book would have been better because you can read the first and last chapter.
Maybe I’m to picky?
I fell asleep listening to it & woke up with it still playing & there’s nothing new happening.
I wanted to love it. I’m sorry but I really don’t.
I love crime junkie podcast however.

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Amazing!!!!

I’m hooked! Great job Ashley! Crime Junkie here, loving this book so far!! Wonderful book!

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