A bit predictable, but all in all an enjoyable book!
Just Released September 19th!
Hey Everyone! Harper Collins sent me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys! The main character of this book is a seriously twisted human being who I loved to hate! Before I get on with my review though, I have to make an honest comment (this doesn’t imply that I’m usually dishonest for the record). Here goes…These kinds of books are getting a bit too common for me. What I mean by these kinds is the creepy thriller, unreliable narrator, husband vs. wife, etc. type of books. They have exploded in the publishing industry since Gone Girl (which I loved) but they aren’t all on the same level. The closest book I have found that compared to the thrill of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Click here to purchase Gone Girl on Amazon for me lately was Behind Closed Doors by B.A Paris Click here to purchase Behind Closed Doors on Amazon. I HIGHLY recommend that one. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book but I found myself trying to predict what was going to happen and I wouldn’t even say this book fooled me in the slightest as to who the “bad guy” was. Usually, these books try and hide who the bad guy is in the beginning. They will toss around some weird circumstances, change the narration every other chapter and generally try and throw you off the scent. This one began immediately with all sorts of tricky wording and situations to try and make you pick a side. Is the husband a controlling, narcissistic, psychopath? Or is the wife a conniving, patronizing and evil woman? Maybe a bit of both? I took some notes while reading this which you can see on my Good Reads account if you follow me there. But they are a bit spoilery so you may want to avoid reading them until after you read the book. Within the first 30 or so pages here are a few things that were already weighing on my mind:
- Paul (the husband) lost his parents under strange circumstances
- Paul’s wife Mia has been ill for a long time without an official diagnosis
- There is something in the glove box that he doesn’t want his wife to find and he makes a big deal about not opening it.
- Paul narrates the story and is constantly making comments in his mind about Mia and her appearance. He says things like, “My voice has returned to its normal tone and that pleases me.” Creepy right?
I found myself kind of rolling my eyes for the first 100 pages or so thinking that Pauls wife was kind of an idiot. How could she be with a man like this? But slowly, I got sucked into this story and once I was in, I was totally invested. In a way I felt like the end fizzled out a little, but the epilogue actually made up for it. So, my advice is to pick this one up if you are in the mood for a good book with a very interesting couple that has some serious issues. Check out the plot summary below. Click here to purchase Best Day Ever on Amazon
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 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.
Praise for Best Day Ever
“An unreliable and chillingly unrepentant narrator.” —Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and The Outliers
“Highly entertaining and truly surprising!” —Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year
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