Review: ‘Best Day Ever’, by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever Paperback  by

 

  • ISBN: 9781848456914
  • Imprint: HQ
  • On Sale: 07/09/2017
  • Format: Paperback
  • List Price: £7.99

 

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Blurb
A loving husband. The perfect killer?
‘I wonder if Mia thinks I have a dark side. Most likely as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.’
Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs.

But he also has his secrets. That’s why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever.

Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan

Behind Closed Doors meets Liane Moriarty in this creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming!

Paul Strom has it all, a great job, a beautiful wife and two small sons, a house in the suburbs and a summer cottage by the lake.

Or does he?

Paul is an incredibly unreliable narrator, he tells the world what he wants it to believe about him, while quietly going about his real life. A life that doesn’t quite line up with the story he’s telling. He’s faking it all, even his emotions. He has an idea in his head about how his life is supposed to be and what the people around him are supposed to do, and forces everyone and everything to fit his mould. When it doesn’t he removes the problem. Permanently.

He’s manipulative and a liar. The reader picks up quickly that thinks aren’t quite as they appear from the odd phrases he uses and his responses to any challenges. He’s completely incredulous when things don’t go his way on ‘the best day ever’.

His history is unearthed, although this reader managed to put a few of the pieces together before that. I honestly thought Mia would kill him instead of him killing her, but the ending is better than that and less predictable.

A very good book. Well written and plotted, with complex characters and interesting twists.

4/5

 

 

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