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Best Day Ever: A Riveting Psychological Thriller about the Perfect Marriage Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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"A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page." –Publishers Weekly "We read Best Day Ever in one sitting-ripping through the pages with a breathless urgency. The book takes place over just twenty-four-hours, making you desperate to know: what exactly does the seemingly perfect Paul Strom have planned for his wife when he takes her away for the weekend? Here's what we can tell you: whatever you think it is, you're wrong. Best Day Ever isn't even close to what you're expecting. Best Day Ever is a creepy, spine-tingling and utterly addictive tale of domestic suspense."
– Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of The Good Widow
"Riveting and provocative, Best Day Ever is a gripping suspense that plays with your mind and makes you wonder how well you truly know your spouse. Accomplished author Kaira Rouda deftly navigates a day in the life of Paul and Mia Strom where what appears to be a perfect marriage is not all what it seems. Fast-paced, dark, and slightly disturbing, you won't be able to put this book down until its jaw-dropping ending. Rouda kept me glued to my seat. Absolutely brilliant!"
– Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep
"His voice will grip you. Through self-conscious charm and a chilling wit, Rouda's narrator creates laugh-out-loud moments that will feel like guilty pleasures in light of the story's high-impact conclusion. This may well be the most entertaining read of your year."
-Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy, on Best Day Ever
"...it was completely addicting. It will be a Bets On pick. Those who loved THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (another Bets On title) will want to take note of this one." –Carol Fitzgerald, BookReport.com
"Best Day Ever could be the best thriller of the year." -Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of Not a Sound
"Had the best day ever reading Best Day Ever. Great narrator in Paul, LOVE his voice! Fabulous book." -B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown
"Perfectly plotted and devilishly dark, Kaira Rouda's Best Day Ever won't let you go until that last page is turned. Entertaining and provocative, I could not put this one down!" -Karma Brown, international bestselling author of In this Moment
"An intriguing, perfectly-paced page-turner, BEST DAY EVER is one hell of a ride!-Amy Hatnavy, author of It Happens All the Time
"Chilling, satisfying suspense...it will cost you sleep as you race through the pages."-Good Housekeeping "Creepy and claustrophobic, Best Day Ever ratchets up the terrors of a seemingly happy marriage from page to page. I loved this book. Kaira Rouda is a name to watch." –J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
Kaira Rouda is the USA Today bestselling author of novels including Here, Home, Hope, The Goodbye Year, In the Mirror and All the Difference. Her stories explore what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. She lives in Southern California with her family and she's at work on her next novel. Visit her website, KairaRouda.com. Connect with her on Facebook.com/KairaRoudaBooks; and on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter - @KairaRouda.
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After hiring a sitter for their two boys, Paul packs the car and waits for his beautiful wife Mia, so that they can set out for the drive from Columbus to their Lakeside house for a long anticipated weekend alone. There is a tension in the air from the moment they get in the car. As Paul senses it, he is not going to let anything get in the way of his weekend plans and will do his best to accommodate his wife. Even when she asks to stop at an of the way bakery, which he doesn’t want to do, even when she asks for a bathroom break, which she knows is not part of their routine. Ever. When she changes the special CD with all of her favorite songs, that he made especially for the drive, to country radio, which he despises. He will give in to all of her desires. This is the best day ever.
Their conversation during the drive hits bumps that Paul has not anticipated. From his lovely wife? Everything, it seems, is rubbing Paul, who is usually in control, the wrong way.
When they arrive at the cottage, things are not going according to Paul’s plans either. Wow, Paul. Maybe the best laid plans have gone awry, you little mouse.
Rouda’s writing is skillful, the story so good, that I was spellbound. Simply, the best book ever.
The whole book takes place over a day, and is extremely well written, with so much content packed into it.
It is written from the perspective of Businessman, Husband and Father, Paul Strom. Well what an arrogant, self-centered, egotistical man he is. There are some great chauvinistic comments, like when talking about women saying they should "Look good, take care of the kids" and referring to his wife saying "At home these days, I am king of our castle and my queen needs to fall back in line". I really disliked him. But how well written his character was!
There are some great lines written in this book from Paul's' perspective and they actually make you laugh in places. I kept wondering if I knew anyone like this or even if someone like this actually existed. If they do then I'm glad they're not in my life! It makes you think a lot when you're reading it, about what some women may well go through in real life. In parts it's some underlying form of domestic abuse.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, and when I read the synopsis that this was a psychological thriller, I couldn't understand after reading the first 100 pages or so of the book, where the thriller part was going to come in to the story. I soon realised that the author was teasing us and very cleverly leading us into a real roller-coaster ride.
This book has such a twist at the end, so without saying anymore and giving any spoilers, you'll just have to read it and find out for yourself!
I look forward to reading more from this author.