My only complaint is in the beginning the case felt reminiscent of the Jon Benet Ramsey case. Dancer vs beauty queen, twin vs brother. Those sort of things. It felt to safe. However, as the book and characters developed I was pleasantly surprised with how captivating it became. I hope Ashley continues to write more novels. She definitely has a gift.
I so very much wanted to love this book. I'm a pretty big Ashley Flowers fan from all the great podcasting work she does. I didn't love the book. It's pretty solid. It's not bad, by any means. I feel like it was very cookie cutter. It checked all the murder/mystery/thriller boxes. It just didn't go much beyond that. I had figured out all the plot twists well ahead of time. I thought it was pretty obvious, actually.
I hope Ashley keeps writing novels. I think this first time out was a solid effort. Just a little too safe, and cliche.
Her true crime background really helps to takes you on a journey in this thrilling murder mystery! Wish the ending had a little more closure, but still a great listen!
Great book! really interesting and surprising. not a huge fan of the way it ended but i understand why it was done that way. i would reccomend!
Absolutely loved the storyline until the end, hated the ending. I would have liked some closure.
I went into this book with high expectations because I love all of Ashley Flowers’ podcasts. It honestly just let me down. I really hated the narration, like I get it would have been too much work to include a male voice actor, but at times it was so distracting. To be fair, I don’t think fiction is for me, because of my crime junkie mind I wanted to see which each character looked like. If she were to make another book, I’d probably read it, but I definitely would go in with lower expectations
Every time you think you have it figured out (right along with Margo), the plot takes a turn. Such a great story, Ashley wrote!
The story line references Jon Bennett, Ashley did an excellent job keeping my attention with all of the details and well thought out story telling. At the beginning of the book I couldn’t connect with Margo, half way through I really came to like her character so I’m a little confused on the ending.. I’m hoping there’s a sequel or some type of explanation to what happens to Margo. Thanks Ashley for the awesome ending, your voice reading the epilogue was the best part. Can’t wait to see where you take us crime junkies next!
Crime junkie here! Ashley you hit it out of the park on this book! You promised there would be so many twists and turns...you delivered! Can't wait til book 2! #crimejunkie #fullbodychills
This book!! WOW! When she said it will leave you guessing until the last page she wasn't kidding! Highly recommend!!
I mostly enjoyed the book, saw a lot of parallels to jonbenet ramsey which seemed kind of lazy to me. I hated the ending. It was a big build up and then a rushed through ending leaving you on a cliff hanger.
I couldn't stop listening. Just when you think you have it figured out, there's another plot twist. Excellent book.
Great book! Very "active" throughout with what I felt was very little unnecessary 'filler'. I will say that the voice narration for the male parts was a bit hard to listen to and was initially very distracting. I found myself wanting to buy the physical book so I could just read it myself - allowing me to 'hear' all the voices as I would imagine them to sound. I may very well buy the hard copy so I can read it myself, but I made the decision to stick with the audio book for now so I could hear it while driving to and from work each day. The epilogue was chilling for sure.
It was a good listen while all the other podcasts were on a break.
I love podcasts by Ashley Flowers. I was in Claire how she would do as an author but she is awesome. This book was beautifully written and kept me guessing until the end.
Keeps you guessing. Loved it
My first audiobook of the year and what a story!!!
I really enjoyed this fast paced crime thriller. It had everything I wanted: dark secrets, evil villains, disturbing small towns and a twist so sudden it took me by surprise.
Lots of thanks to the amazing narrators, who did a superb job in getting a chilling feeling across and made me gasp out loud a few times.
And that ending! Mindblwoing but then, I do enjoy an ending that keep you guessing.
A very good read
I love Ashley Flowers so was hoping this would be a good one. It is so very very cheesy. Disappointed to say the least.
Love love the story
Full of cliches and I found it to be very predictable. There are plot holes and inconsistencies as well as a cast of typical characters without depth.
I’m shocked the reviews are so good.
The storyline kept me interested there was always something new…. It made you keep trying to guess what happened! I really enjoyed it and would recommend it. The ending was a bit shocking.
I am going to agree with those who felt it was closely related to the Jon Benet case. Being that the Benet case was & still is considered to be a high profile unsolved cold case, it allows for one to deduct any hypothesis regarding the theories related to the case. This book follows many of the hypothesis given in that case. While this book was an enjoyable read, i found myself easily surmising what the next chapter would focus on. After learning of certain people or scenarios it was all too clear, to me, what direction the following chapters would be about.
With that said, kudos to Ashley (using her first name as if I know her personally!) for believing in herself, knowing she has what it takes to follow through on such an endeavor & I am eagerly awaiting the next book!
ALL GOOD PEOPLE HERE -- I enjoyed this book. It held my attention and I eagerly listened to hear what would happen next. An excellent twist of circumstances kept me attentive. I believe Ashley Flowers writes well and hopefully will continue writing mystery crime novels.
This book pulled you in. A page turner, wanting to know more.
This book was such a wonderful listen. The narrator did a great job telling Ashley’s story. I was nervous I wouldn’t like it being narrated by anyone but Ashley, but I was pleasantly surprised! This book sucks you in, making you not want to stop listening! Anyone on the fence… give it a shot- you will not be disappointed!!!
So so soooo good!! Every time I thought I had it figured out BOOM plot twist! She wasn’t kidding when she said it had a lot of twists. I was so hooked I was looking for reasons to have my earbuds in. Never saw that ending coming….
Did not expect the ending! It was a good book. Definitely recommend.
What a dark and twisty small town crime thriller! It will keep guessing and asking questions, even beyond the last word!
I loved it! Great characters and twists kept me dying to know what happens next. Great job Ashley Flowers this is hopefully the start to many more to come!
Great book! Loved the listen and the twists and turns throughout the chapters. Literally solved in the last seconds of the book!!!!
I couldn’t get into this book at all and it’s largely due to the narrator.
This story was unexpectedly compelling and well written! I listened to podcasts all the time, so I was familiar with Ashley flowers name and the book has been promoted in the Podcast I listen to but I really didn't expect much. I mean podcasts are often not particularly well written. This was way above and beyond what I had expected in fact I no longer think of Ashley flowers as a Podcast person just a Podcast person and I now think of her as a writer who podcasts.
The story had so many twists and turns I always thought that I was seeing where we were going, and yeah at times I suspected all the people that she did, but the way that it was woven together was just brilliant. It's exceptional I'm really looking forward to her next work.
I'm a huge fan of the Crime Junkie podcast and was excited to get this book. It did not disappoint! Ashley Flowers is amazing and the Readers were incredible. I don't love the ending, but that's mostly because I didn't want it to end! Highly recommend!
Fabulous book!!!! 5 stars for sure !
I respect Ashley and had very high hopes for this book. The similarities with the Jonbonet Ramsey case bothered me. I also figured out the killer about 1/3 of the way into the book. I didn’t hate it …. It was just very predictable.
So good! So many twist and turns it keeps you on your feet. Highly recommend!
For her first book this was amazing. Story kept me captivated. I finished it in one day. Great Job!
Terrific book, so glad Ashley finally came out with it. Very captivating and it keeps u wanting more. The way the story unfolds is incredible and I was not let down by this story by any means.
I loved the book! I haven’t read a fiction book in a long time but was drawn to this because it was set in Indiana where I am from. Couldn’t stop listening until it was done!
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