cover image The Girls Are All So Nice Here

The Girls Are All So Nice Here

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn. Simon & Schuster, $27 (320p) ISBN 978-1-982144-62-3

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. Agent: Hillary Jacobson, ICM Partners. (Mar.)

This review has been updated to remove plot spoilers.