Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda *Review*

Thank you so much Get Red PR and Harlequin Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  I rate this psychological thriller 3 out 5 stars!

“I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence.  Today will everything I’ve promised her..and more.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Experience:

Psychological thrillers are a genre that for the most part I avoid.  I try so hard to love them, but I always get so bored and see the “twist” coming a mile away.  Best Day Ever delivers the typical psychological aspect of a narcissistic, egotistical, asshole in Paul Strom.  Yet surprisingly I really liked him, one of those characters who is so awful you can’t look away.  I also enjoyed how Mia came into her own, I don’t want to give anything away so I will keep that vague.

The writing itself flowed easily and while the beginning is a little boring, about half way through it picked up and I was interested in what the outcome of these characters would be.  The overall storyline though is slightly underwhelming and unoriginal.  No spoilers, but I will say I was able to predict where it was headed early on and it just seemed like your typical TV movie story.  Even still I walked away happy I read this book and enjoyed it more than I usually do with psychological thrillers.

I would recommend this book to fans of this genre as it’s a quick read and Paul Strom is actually kind of funny in just how ridiculous he is and it’s entertaining being inside his head.  I would love to see what happens next for Paul.

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