Book Review | All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

 *I received a free advanced copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

: 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?

Rating: 2

My Thoughts: I am so disappointed in this book. I am a huge fan of Crime Junkies podcast, so I was pretty excited for this book. And, it was a pretty good read for the most part.

It kept me guessing. I didn’t figure out a lot of the answers until they were being revealed. I love a mystery/thriller that keeps me guessing. Margot and Krissy were both great characters and I liked reading both points of view.

The two things that ruined it for me — January’s murder was basically a rip off of Jon Benet Ramsey and the ending was absolutely terrible and has zero closure. It seems like the author just decided to stop writing instead of writing an actual ending.

Book is being released August 16, 2022.

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