Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

best day everPaul 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.


Happy publication day!

I decided to read Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda after seeing some good reviews about it. It ended up being a creepy, addictive read. The story is narrated though a single POV (apart from the epilogue). I won’t mention who the narrator is because I think it is best to find out when you read the book for yourself.

The book reminded me a lot about the You and Hidden Bodies series. The narrator who is one of the MCs is so dark and twisted, one of those villains that you find yourself not hating as much as you should. The twisted narrations were creepy yet so addictive. I liked the  narrative style which was used. It sounded conversational such that the narrator kept addressing the readers. We found out things before the other characters because we knew the narrator’s secrets. After all, we were in his mind.

The plot-line reminded me of the TV show 24 because all events take place in one day. We get hourly updates at first and then thirty minutes and sometimes fifteen. As the time goes by, so does the story line. It gets twisted as more discoveries are made. I couldn’t believe just how much was revealed in that day.

I really enjoyed reading Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda. It’s the kind of book that you find yourself thinking about when you are not reading it. The villain is obviously a sociopath and the fact that readers get stuck in this twisted mind is both scary and fascinating at the same time. If you are looking for a creepy, psychological thriller then you might enjoy this one.

23 thoughts on “Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

    1. I totally get you. I can’t believe how his mind worked. Some of his thoughts were so creepy and ridiculous lol. I look forward to reading your review 🙂

    1. I have been lucky because this doesn’t happen often enough. I usually end up with some good reads mixed with some not so good ones but this time, it has been 5 stars, one after the other.

      The book really made me think about what goes on in other people’s minds. Do we truly know other people? It definitely was interesting. Thank you 🙂

    1. Glad to hear that. Its an addictive genre and lately, there are so many good thrillers. I hope that you will find some that you enjoy 🙂 Thank you.

    1. I loved the cover too and the red envelope especially after reading that bit in the story about the envelope that one of the MCs found.

      Thank you for recommending this book to me through your review. I enjoyed it 🙂

    1. It really was. The protagonist had a way of getting into reader’s heads. My mind was totally occupied by the book for a while. I think that you will enjoy it if you decide to read it Inge.

      Thanks 🙂

  1. Great review! I’m glad you liked it!! 😊 I’m not sure why it didn’t work for me. I was just bored, and I enjoy slow burning novels, and psychological thrillers are my favorite genre. I guess it was a case of it’s me not the book, lol. I read it days after reading The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter, so that could have been why. Nothing could have lived up to the expectations of a good suspense/thriller after Slaughter for me. Maybe I should try reading it again lol.

    1. I think I really need to read The Good Daughter.I have heard nothing but good things about it.Now that you’ve mentioned it,I’m adding it to my TBR.

      I remember we discussed this one just after I’d gotten it.It does have some mixed reviews on good reads so could be your previous read or something about it didn’t work for you.Will you read the sequel?

      1. You definitely need to read The Good Daughter!! 😊 It could have been a combo of both…I had the storyline figured out before I reached the 20% mark so after that, I was just reading to see if I was wrong. I’d have at least liked to have gotten some suspense, lol. So it was a mixture I think. It was well written though, so I do think I will read the sequel but not read Karin Slaughter beforehand! Lol!

  2. Lately all the reviews have been positive but there was something about the blurb that didn’t appeal to me. Plus, I think I’ve a spoiler, so…hahaha Great review anyway 😀

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