Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
Published by Graydon House on September 19, 2017
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense
Format & Pages: paperback, 350
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I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…
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’ve been thinking about Best Day Ever since finishing it a few days ago, running the story through my mind and trying to figure out HOW to review this without giving away any spoilers. That’s a toughie, so this is going to be short and sweet.
The narrator, Paul, has a perfect life. A beautiful wife, Mia, two wonderful sons, a great career and big suburban house. And today, he and Mia are taking a trip to their lake house for the best day ever. Told over the course of nearly 24 hours, we follow these characters as they drive and tension begins to emerge and ask, just how perfect can someone’s life be, really?
I, for one, really enjoyed this tale of domestic suspense. Let me be clear: this is not a fast paced thriller with plot twists galore. Instead, layers are peeled back slowly but surely as the truth emerges, and any aspect of the plot that might be considered a twist has more than enough clues planted along the way for you to figure it out well beforehand. But that’s not really the point. It’s a character study of a complex and compelling nature.
Best Day Ever won’t be for everyone, but if you like suspenseful character driven stories, maybe give this a shot. I do recommend going in as blindly as possible, though – this one is so easy to spoil even in a simple review!
*Many thanks to Harlequin Books for providing an arc of this edition in exchange for an honest review.