Two former best friends return to their college reunion to find that they’re being circled by someone who wants revenge for what they did ten years before—and will stop at nothing to get it—in this shocking psychological thriller about ambition, toxic friendship, and deadly desire.
The Girls Are All So Nice Here opens when Ambrosia Wellington receives an invitation to her ten-year college reunion. Only, slipped in with all the expected information about lodging and the weekend’s schedule is an anonymous letter that says: “It’s time to talk about what we did.” Instantly, Ambrosia realizes that the secrets of her past—and the people she thought she’d left there—aren’t as buried as she’d thought. Amb can’t stop fixating on what she did—and who she did it with. Larger-than-life Sloane Sullivan (“Sully”), who could make anyone do anything. The game they played to get a boy who belonged to someone else, and the girl, Amb’s angelic roommate, who paid the price.
Amb had thought that she and Sully had gotten away with what they did their first semester at Wesleyan. But as Amb receives increasingly menacing messages during the reunion, it becomes clear that she’s being circled by someone who wants more than just the truth. Amb discovers that her own memories don’t tell the whole story, and that her actions and friendship with Sully had even more disturbing consequences than she ever imagined.
Told in alternating timelines between the reunion and Ambrosia’s turbulent first months of college, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a gripping rollercoaster ride of a novel that examines the dark complexities of female friendship and the brutal lengths girls can go to take what they think they are owed.
Let’s get something out of the way first: no, no they are certainly not nice here! I found myself trying hard to find a redeemable character in this toxic yet enthralling book. Ambrosia (Amb) is invited to her 10-year college reunion and, after trying to avoid it thanks to an ominous, anonymous letter, her golden retriever husband is all in to go! Amb has been diligent since college to hide just under the radar – but it turns out someone with a score to settle has their eye on her and this reunion is the perfect time to settle old scores.
What happens when you make a mistake and befriend the wrong person your first time away from home? The Girls Are All So Nice Here takes you on a dark ride to find out. I loved how deep Flynn dug into the darkness that can circle when all you want to be is adored and included with the “cool girl.” Sully is no Amy Dunne, turning her focus on the female friendships in her life instead, but the two of them certainly are cut from the same cloth.
This is the perfect dark novel for those who like their MC’s unreliable, their plots roller-coaster filled, and their book endings twisted.