Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
Published September 19th, 2017 by Graydon House
Genres Suspense, Thriller
Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever. But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.
I really enjoyed this book and really wish I had read it sooner! The book is written over the course of one day and the chapters are times throughout the day. Our narrator, Paul Strom, is not only a complete narcissist but I think he would probably also meet the clinical diagnosis for a sociopath. This book actually reminded me of the narrator in the book You a bit. So the book starts off with Paul and his wife Mia heading to their lake house for a weekend alone. You almost immediately get the sense that something isn’t quite right with Paul, the way he speaks and the things he was thinking. Although, the things he is thinking are completely wrong, some of them were so ridiculous that they made me laugh (i.e. when he talking about women wearing yoga pants in the beginning of the book). Mia, through Paul’s perspective, comes off as a weak character. Paul is constantly thinking negative things about her and until I fully understood who exactly Paul was as a person, I couldn’t figure out how I felt about Mia.
This book moves along at a steady pace and I never found myself bored, even during some of the slower chapters. Paul is narrating during the present day, but frequently starts talking about things from the past, from his childhood up to his marriage with Mia, which fills in a lot of details about their lives. When I first finished the book, I found the end to be a bit anti-climatic, but after thinking about it, I really liked this book, as well as the ending. Although I did figure a few things out pretty quickly, there were other things that I never noticed and everything wasn’t as it seemed. I’m eager to read more from this author in the future.
Thank you to the publisher, Graydon House, for sending me an ARC of this book.