‘Gone Girl meets Mean Girls and The Secret History’ Guardian
A darkly intoxicating novel of female friendship and obsession that will keep you turning the pages, perfect for fans of My Dark Vanessa and The Virgin Suicides
Nice girls can do bad things…
When Ambrosia first arrives at prestigious college Wesleyan, she’s desperate to fit in. But Amb struggles to navigate the rules of this strange, elite world, filled with privileged ‘nice’ young women – until she meets the charismatic but troubled Sully, with whom she forms an obsessive friendship.
Intoxicated by Sully’s charm and determined to impress her, Amb finds herself drawn deep into her new best friend’s dangerous manipulations. But if she wants to play Sully at her own game, Amb has no idea just how devastating the consequences will be…
Deeply unsettling and compulsive, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a gripping exploration of the brutal lengths girls will go to, to take what they think they are owed.
Readers are gripped by The Girls Are All So Nice Here:
‘I couldn’t stop turning the pages of this obsessive thriller’
‘The Secret History meets Heathers, with a dash of Mean Girls’
‘Dark, twisted and compelling’
‘A compulsive exploration of the dark complexities of female friendship’
‘Gripping and addictive’
‘This deliciously dark tale had me on the edge of my seat’
‘Impossible to put down’
‘This book really got under my skin’
About the author
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn was born in London, Ontario, Canada, where she resides currently with her husband, two children, and senior Chihuahua. She is the author of the young adult novels Firsts, Last Girl Lied To and All Eyes On Her. The Girls Are All So Nice Here is her debut adult novel.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This is a deliciously dark study of female friendships, and how they can quickly spiral. Laurie Elizabeth Flynn takes us (back) to the campus of Wesleyan—a prestigious, upper-class college full of privileged, complex young women. Our lead is Ambrosia “Amb” Wellington, preparing to return to Wesleyan for a 10-year reunion despite harbouring a dark secret about her time at the college that has shrouded her adult life. Flynn flits between the present day and Amb’s schooldays to create a feeling of real claustrophobia. You know the terrible thing is coming, but witnessing the devastation it’s created while watching Amb’s toxic friendship with the enigmatic Sully unravel remains completely thrilling.
Flynn's disappointing latest (after Last Girl Lied To) stages a 10-year reunion at Wesleyan College against a sinister backdrop. Amb Wellington reluctantly attends despite receiving messages from an unknown sender, prodding her to meet there and talk about her darkest secret. In college, Amb schemed with charming sociopath Sloane "Sully" Sullivan to break up another couple. As the reunion looms closer, Flynn gradually unfurls the details and disastrous consequences of their plot. Amb and Sully haven't seen one another since college, but at the reunion Sully confirms she's also been getting ominous notes. Amb also worries the conniving Sully might try to steal her hapless husband, Adrian, who comes along and doesn't know any of this backstory. The plot, though, fails to convince: among other implausibilities, Amb attends the reunion despite not liking most of her peers and suspecting that someone might take revenge there. Moreover, the preposterous climax is unsatisfying. Fans of psychological thrillers won't find much to shout about. This review has been updated to remove plot spoilers.