The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Published: March 9, 2021
Paperback, 320 pages
(Thanks to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster, I recieved an eARC to read and review.)
GOODREADS RATING: 4/5 STARS
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
This story was captivating and attention gripping from the very first chapter. I really enjoyed that the story went from past to present in alternating chapters, it really made the story roll out like a red carpet for the reader. The air of mystery definitely held my attention throughout the whole book. There was never a part where I thought the story was slow or boring. It was extremely fast paced.
All of the characters were so unreliable, especially the main character. The girls were so fake, judgmental, and manipulative, I loved to hate them. I found the storyline itself vey unique, but the character relationships seemed so real to me.
I feel like this was a great depiction of a realistic college experience for the most part. The story itself was very dark and twisty, I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride the whole time. I will definitely be buying myself a copy, I can see myself wanting to re-read this one to see if I missed any clues as to what was coming!