In this 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?
Story Locale: Wakarusa, Indiana
HOST OF #1 HIT PODCAST CRIME JUNKIE: With over 34 million monthly downloads, and 10 million listeners each month, Ashley Flowers has cultivated a highly engaged following in Crime Junkie, a weekly true crime podcast with fans 5.8x more likely to buy books than other social media users, and 5x more likely to buy crime books.
FORENSIC STORYTELLING EXPERT: As an armchair detective, Flowers thoroughly researches real forensic mysteries, murders, disappearances happening in the world once a week. Flowers was also an esteemed member on the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana. She is also committed to advocacy work and recently established the nonprofit Season of Justice to provide financial resources to help solve cold cases. Her TRUE CRME CREDS PROVIDE A UNIQUE TAKE on small town secrets, twisted family life, and the nature of obsession, re-energizing the thriller suspense genre.
COMPETITIVELY ACQUIRED IN US AND UK: We acquired this book at a hot auction, and will be publishing simultaneously with HarperCollins UK.
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Author Website: AshleyFlowers.com