All Good People Here: the gripping debut crime thriller from the host of the hugely popular #1 podcast Crime Junkie, a No1 New York Times bestseller

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All Good People Here: the gripping debut crime thriller from the host of the hugely popular #1 podcast Crime Junkie, a No1 New York Times bestseller

All Good People Here: the gripping debut crime thriller from the host of the hugely popular #1 podcast Crime Junkie, a No1 New York Times bestseller

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U fantastičnom debitantskom romanu voditeljice popularnog true crime podcasta Crime Junkie, jedna će novinarka, godinama progonjena neriješenim umorstvom svoje prijateljice iz djetinjstva, na površinu izvući mračne tajne svog rodnog grada. Svi se u gradiću Wakarusi, u američkoj saveznoj državi Indiani, sjećaju zloglasnog slučaja January Jacobs, čije je tijelo otkriveno u jarku tek nekoliko sati nakon što je prijavljen njezin nestanak. Margot Davies tada je bilo šest godina, koliko i January, i živjela je preko puta žrtve. U dvadeset i pet godina koliko je otad proteklo, Margot je odrasla, odselila se i postala novinarka. No, cijelo je to vrijeme progoni osjećaj kako je to mogla biti ona, kako je ubojica pukim slučajem odabrao njezinu prijateljicu. Kada se Margot prisiljena vratiti kući kako bi se brinula o svom stricu koji boluje od demencije, shvatit će kako se našla u mjestu koje se nimalo nije promijenilo: uskogrudnom, zatvorenom i brzom kad treba nekoga osuditi. A tada će poput bombe odjeknuti vijest kako se u susjednom gradu dogodio zločin koji neodoljivo podsjeća na onaj otprije dva desetljeća. Twenty-five years ago, January Jacob’s parents awoke to find their daughter’s bed empty, a horrifying message spray-painted onto their wall. Hours later, January’s body was found discarded in a ditch. Her murder was never solved. But the town remembers. Crime Junkie fans and readers alike will be ready to settle in for what can only be described as a hair-raising, thrilling, twisty and chilling read that is every bit what we would expect from our favorite hostess.” — BookTrib According to a podcast I just listened to, the medical examiner in the Anthony case testified that 100% of the time, parents who find their kids accidentally injured call 911. The hallmark of a good thriller for me is this: how much can the author give away to allow us to guess along and still be surprised, yet make it all line up? The dual timeline definitely helps here as we are always thinking about January’s case from two perspectives, gathering different insights from both the past and present. Ultimately, this made for a really interesting reading experience.

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? Now, rather than keep ranting I am going to finish with the ending… my god that ending. Trash is all I can say. It was suppose to create suspense and have us wondering and hoping… but it just leaves the reader hanging with no resolution - but then the epilogue gives a play by play of another part of the book which took hand holding to the maximum. It was complete rubbish I hated the ending. It completely ruined the entire book and any parts that could have been good for me. 😡 January Jacobs, went missing from her home one night in 1994. Her body was discovered in a ditch less than two miles from the Jacobs home. This has clearly been inspired by and based on a real-life crime including a child (!), so we are not going to even mention that and basically create a theory about that and profit off of it and not even disclose it. Is this history repeating itself again? And is the "author" getting away with it again? Doesn't sit right with me. All this aside, the storyline was captivating enough that it kept me going. Ashley always has been a good storyteller. I just didn’t buy the story in the end. To me, it was a lot more believable that the Wallace guy had done it. Having Billy be the killer seemed like it was just a tactic to catch the reader off-guard– a gotcha moment. I would rather have had Wallace be January’s killer and Billy be Krissy’s. Really, I would have believed almost any motive for Billy to kill Krissy– he found out he wasn’t the father of Jase and January, he believed her to be January’s killer all those years and then just snapped, he found out that she was having an affair with a woman–except for the one that was given.I am not super familiar with the JonBenét Ramsey case, but there seem to be some superficial similarities: While it’s most likely intended to leave readers hanging for more, I also felt that it reflects our expectations of stories, especially those about crime. We look for a neat ending, for the bad guy to be brought to justice and for our heroes to persevere, unharmed. But that’s not how reality works, very few things are this simple. And while we get to know what happened to January, we don’t get the satisfaction of wrapping up Margot’s story with a neat little bow. Dave/Luke knew (since 1994) that he was the father of Krissy’s twins, knowledge made even more painful by the fact that he and his wife Rebecca were unable to have biological children. He attended January’s dance recitals to watch her from afar.

Margot thinks that there is no way January could have been holding onto the blanket during all the events that led to her death. She is certain someone had to have planted the blanket BEFORE Jace found January (and before Krissy staged the scene.) If Jace is telling the truth, that person had to be Billy.Although it IS NOT written in a podcast format, it unfortunately still mostly READS like one-with the exception of the sub-plot with Margot’s Uncle. There is also a theory about a heated sibling dispute possibly involving a flashlight and some pineapple. But after what happened to January, WHY did Dave/Luke never say anything about this to Krissy or the police or anyone? WHY? Due to his dementia, we will never know. Maybe he told his brother Adam (Margot’s father) leading to his alcoholism. (Just a joke. Sort of.) Spoiler Discussion for All Good People Here Here are my major questions about All Good People Here:

Margot Davies: a newspaper reporter in her early thirties. Was friends with January Jones, who disappeared in 1994 at age six.


While some aspects of the fictional plot may remind true crime aficionados of real cases, the twist at the end is wholly original.” — Good Housekeeping This case took place in the late 80s in the Midwest, and I was not familiar with it, but is a truly horrible and heartbreaking story. Krissy then decides to tell Dave that he is the twins’ father. After that meeting, she writes Jase a letter saying, “I learned something about your father. He isn’t who you think he is.”

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. Initially when I started this review I was going to give it 2 stars but in good faith I cannot - clearly there were too many things I disliked - I am going to downgrade to a 1.5 rounded down to 1. Sorry, I really wanted to like this one, it was my first NetGalley read for a while and I was pretty pumped - completely let down though. 😪 Speaking of the end, it’s the only part of the book I didn’t love, as there were loose ends I didn’t feel were tied up (and I love when everything is tied up neatly!). This wasn’t enough to keep me from loving the book, though. Is poor Margot dead? We have to assume that Margot finds a way to get away. Reasons Why Margot is NOT a Crime Junkie Next, Krissy woke up and found Jace standing over January’s body. She thought that Jace had killed January because he was jealous of all the attention she got. To protect Jace, Krissy staged the scene. She used a hammer to smash the basement window from outside and spray paint threats on the wall and make it look like an intruder took January.

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Another bug bear for me in this novel was the sheer amount of times that Margot felt guilty over leaving her uncle with his condition. Or after an episode. Seriously for starters just say he has dementia or early onset dementia stop referring to it as his condition. AND we get it you felt guilty as you stare longingly at your uncle who looks so different these days as you take off investigating a cold case that you really have no business being part of in the first place. If you felt so guilty you wouldn’t be roaming the countryside looking for a killer. Just get on with it… feel guilty but accept it stop meandering over the point. 🥴 Above, I argued that there was no logical reason for Billy to kill his daughter. Is he just a psychopath who cold-bloodedly kills two (or three) people over something that clearly could have been interpreted as an accident? I think January’s fall down the stairs would have been seen as a tragic accident, due to sleepwalking or slippery stairs. (Shades of The Staircase!) Both January’s and JBR’s parents gave somewhat awkward media interviews that made the public suspect they were not being forthcoming about everything they knew.

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