All Good People Here: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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?
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 35 minutes|
|Narrator||Ashley Flowers, Brittany Pressley, Karissa Vacker|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 16 2022|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #334 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#6 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
#8 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#25 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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From start to finish I was so engages and interested in the book. The plot, the twists and everything in between was amazing. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time
Definitely read this book ♡ hopefully one day if I ever meet Ashley flowers I can get her to autograph my copy
Ashley did a great job - writing your first book is now easy feat. It does read however like someone’s first book. Style, flow, and language have an inexperienced air throughout.
If you’ve read the fictional book Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (fantastic book btw) you’ll be reminded of it through your AGPH. Disappointingly so. It’s hard not to see the similarities - throw in some Jonbenet Ramsay inspiration and this is basically this book.
So while it’s easy to see where a lot of the major ideas came from, it does make a compelling read and I did read it all in two days and was drawn in. There are several twists- some predictable and out of nowhere. Predictable maybe if you are a crime junkie at heart. I also don’t know if I love or hate the ending.
One beef I have is that the inner jacket description of the book doesn’t match the plot entirely. “But the police, Natalie’s family, the townspeople, they all seem to be hiding something.” Natalie’s family is like, not in the book at all. I really thought there would be more about her case but it really is just a blip in the plot. The description says Margot digs into Natalie’s disappearance but she doesn’t really at all. It’s all about January.
Otherwise I’m happy I read this, I’d been looking forward to the release. But these were my pain points with it.
Top reviews from other countries
Wirklich eine gut durchdachte Story mit glaubhaften Charakteren und vielen Überraschungsmomenten. Ich bin gespannt, wie es ausgeht!
Now for the reason of only 4 stars... This book is riddled with unnecessary "F" bombs. Seriously, they're everywhere. There's at least one in every single chapter, if not multiple. I was extremally disappointed, because Ashley has such class and elegance in her podcasts, that I felt like the use of all the 'f' words distracted from the story. Her writing was beautiful, and she described the characters moods, settings, and situations so well, that it was absolutely unnecessary. It really got annoying - seeing it littered all over the pages. I got to the point where I was skipping over it, and it conveyed just as much feeling and intensity - if not more so.
Ashley, I know you're better than this. I'm convinced that you conveyed the characters beautifully, and this downgraded their exquisite make-up. I wish I could give this 5 stars, I really do. It just almost feels like Ashley Flowers was persuaded to litter the book with so much foul language, because she absolutely does not do that on her podcasts - which is one of the reasons that she's one of my top favorite podcasters. She's classy, genuine, down to earth, and can tell a story that pulls at your heartstrings and gives you full body chills without all the 'f' bombs. I was just disappointed, and frankly, a little shocked. Again, I'm an absolute huge fan, and have been for years and years. It would've been so much better, and I would've been recommending this book to absolutely everyone, had the language not been an issue. Now I definitely have to preface to everyone I talk to that if this grinds on their nerves, it might not be the book for you.