10 All Good People Here Book Club Questions For Discussion

Imagine a journalist going back to her small town because a childhood friend’s murder is still unsolved. 

Then, guess what? 

Another girl goes missing! 

This creepy story, by the host of “Crime Junkie,” is all about that journalist digging up dark secrets in a town that seems nice on the surface. 

Buckle up for a wild ride where the past meets the present in a shocking way.

Our book club questions will get you thinking about this mysterious tale, but be warned – the truth can be scary!

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All Good People Here Book Club Questions

  1. Ashley Flowers skillfully crafts a narrative featuring unreliable characters, hidden motives, and secrets. How does the depiction of Krissy through both flashback chapters and the opinions of her neighbors and detectives influence your initial understanding of her? Did your perception of Krissy shift throughout the book, and if so, how? Additionally, consider how Flowers employs Margot’s own struggles with self-doubt and guilt to raise questions about her reliability as our central narrator.

  2. The pervasive nature of small town life plays a crucial role in the novel. How does the intense scrutiny and tendency towards gossip within Wakarusa shape the initial aftermath of January’s murder and the subsequent investigation? Explore how this environment both helps and hinders Margot’s efforts to uncover the truth. Is the intense public interest a form of true concern for the missing girl, or does it feed a morbid spectacle?

  3. All Good People Here presents a complex and morally ambiguous view of justice and accountability. Consider Margot’s decision not to disclose the truth about the twins’ paternity at the end of the novel. Was her choice motivated by compassion towards Billy and Jace, or is it an act that withholds full justice from January? Moreover, examine the portrayal of Billy’s actions. How does Flowers complicate the traditional “good vs. evil” narrative of crime stories by showing the humanity within a killer?

  4. The role of media sensationalism in true crime cases is a central theme of the novel. Discuss how the catastrophic media coverage of January’s case fuels public opinion and influences the course of the investigation. How does the public’s perception of Krissy and Jace, heavily shaped by media portrayals, contribute to the injustice they face? Could the novel be a commentary on the potentially damaging narratives created by true crime media?

  5. The novel delves deeply into themes of survivor’s guilt, lasting trauma, and the pursuit of purpose. Discuss how Margot’s survivor’s guilt is a driving force throughout the novel and informs her relentless pursuit of justice. Analyze how Margot’s personal journey intertwines with her role as a truth-seeker in the case. Furthermore, explore the ways in which long-term trauma influences the lives of Jace, Luke, and even Billy Jacobs.

  6. Ashley Flowers, as the host of the popular true crime podcast Crime Junkie, brings a unique perspective to the genre. Discuss ways in which the novel both aligns with and departs from the typical conventions of true crime stories. For example, consider how it deals with the resolution of cases and the representation of crime victims. Does Flowers use All Good People Here to subtly critique and address potential problems within the true crime genre?

  7. The dual timeline structure plays a crucial role in the novel. How does the juxtaposition of Margot’s 2019 investigation and the 1994 chapters surrounding January’s murder enhance the narrative? Analyze how the past informs the present, and in particular, how societal attitudes and investigative practices potentially influence the two cases differently.

  8. Margot’s relentless pursuit of justice comes at a personal cost. Discuss how her obsession with January’s case impacts her relationships and her career. Consider whether her actions could be seen as justified, or potentially destructive to herself and those around her. Does the novel raise questions about the limits of personal involvement in such cases?

  9. All Good People Here features complex portrayals of motherhood. How does the novel explore the pressures and societal expectations placed upon Krissy in her role as a mother? Compare her mothering to that of Margot’s own mother – what does this tell us about both women? Additionally, analyze the concept of “motherhood” in the sense of how Margot’s nurturing instincts extend to solving January’s case.

  10. Like many thrillers, All Good People Here relies on twists and unexpected revelations. Was the final “reveal” regarding Billy as January’s killer satisfying? Did it make sense given his character development throughout the novel? Were there other clues or hints cleverly placed along the way? Discuss other moments in the story that had an impactful surprise element, and the role they played in heightening suspense.

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  1. About to discuss this book in my next book club meet and was searching for good questions. Guess what? These are perfect to begin with.

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  2. Great concept with the questions involved. One questions follows another and this will definitely improve the discussion sessions. While some questions might be a bit philosophical and tough, I overall appreciate the efforts that you have put in.

    1. Appreciate the honest feedback Jaime. We will definitely pass on the feedback to our team and make sure to improve our posts.

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