A USA TODAY Best Book of 2021
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 “propulsive” (Megan Miranda, bestselling author of The Girl from Widow Hills) psychological thriller.
A lot has changed in years since Ambrosia Wellington graduated from college, and she’s worked hard to create a new life for herself. But then an invitation to her ten-year reunion arrives in the mail, along with an anonymous note that reads, “We need to talk about what we did that night.”
It seems that the secrets of Ambrosia’s past—and the people she thought she’d left there—aren’t as buried as she believed. Amb can’t stop fixating on what she did or who she did it with: larger-than-life Sloane “Sully” Sullivan, Amb’s former best friend, who could make anyone do anything.
At the reunion, Amb and Sully receive increasingly menacing messages, and it becomes clear that they’re being pursued by someone who wants more than just the truth of what happened that first semester. This person wants revenge for what they did and the damage they caused—the extent of which Amb is only now fully understanding. And it was all because of the game they played to get a boy who belonged to someone else and the girl who paid the price.
Alternating between the reunion and Amb’s freshman year, The Girls Are All So Nice Here is a “chilling and twisty thriller” (Book Riot) about the brutal lengths girls can go to get what they think they’re owed, and what happens when the games we play in college become matters of life and death.
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.