by: Ashley Flowers
Everyone from Wakarusa, Indiana, remembers the case of January Jacobs, who was found dead 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 fear 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 sick uncle, it feels like walking into a time capsule. Wakarusa is exactly how she remembered: genial, stifled, secretive. Then news breaks about five-year-old Natalie Clark from the next town over, who’s gone missing under eerily similar circumstances. With all the old feelings rushing back, Margot vows to find Natalie and solve January’s murder once and for all.
But the police, the 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 the killer still be out there? Could it be the same person who kidnapped Natalie? And what will it cost to finally discover what truly happened that night?
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓 (a gracious plenty in all honesty)
This was a thinly veiled adaptation of the JonBenet Ramsey case. There seems to be a formula to these types of books- entertaining but predictable…A terrible tragedy has happened and the victims are all alone with no friends or family to rely on. A series of twists and turns and then…the true murderer reveals himself/herself on the last few pages of the book with a confessional soliloquy- so confident they will get away with their long buried secret. In short, pretty good. Read it if you want to…
Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓1/2
This is a very good murder, mystery, suspense novel – a LOT happens here, but it is a fast-paced and easy-to-follow story. Good plot twists that will keep even the most jaded thriller-reader guessing; however, SPOILER ALERT: the ending disappoints. Definitely inspired by the true crime and unsolved murder JonBenet Ramsey.