Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever is a suspense novel, but what I really liked about it is that it was written from the perspective of the attacker. Paul thinks he is the model husband, but it’s pretty clear to the reader that he is not as nice to Mia as he should be. Paul and Mia are going away for the weekend, and I really enjoyed being inside his head as he and Mia drove to their vacation home and tried to have “the best day ever.” Kaira Rouda did a great job writing this character.

As the title implies, the book spans only one day, and so it was a little drawn out and slow for my taste. I kept reading because I wanted to see how it ended (which I’ve now forgotten because it’s been a couple of months since I finished this book). But really the only thing that stood out to me was the shift in perspective. Domestic suspense novels have become a huge trope lately, so it was nice that this one was a little different, but clearly it didn’t stand out too much if I can’t remember the ending.

Rating: 3 Stars

Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.

Best Day Ever
Kaira Rouda
Fiction
Graydon House Books
September 19, 2017
ARC
352

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.

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