BEST DAY EVER by Kaira Rouda | Kirkus ReviewsThis review was originally published on Bookreporter. The story is told over the course of only one day, the day that Paul Strom has meticulously planned out, the day that he promises himself and his wife, Mia, will be the best day ever. Paul Strom has a high-powered advertising career, a gorgeous wife and two young boys, a beautiful home - plus a vacation cottage - his life seems perfect. He is proud of himself and projects that image of perfection, of having it all, to the world. However, we quickly learn that Paul is a total fork jerky, arrogant, self-absorbed. Author, Kaira Rouda agrees with my assessment and has been using the hashtag creepypaul on social media, go ahead, read it and join her. We hear his justifications and rationale, his shift in strategies and his concerted use of tools to keep himself under control.
Best Day Ever
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Rate this book. 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.
BEST DAY EVER - BOOK REVIEW - Candiland BookClub
I received a review copy from the publisher. This does not affect the contents of my review and all opinions are my own. Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda. The story is a look into the lives of a seemingly perfect couple: Paul Strom is a successful advertising account executive in his mid-thirties, and Mia is his beautiful younger wife who comes from a prominent and wealthy New York City family. Hitting the road bright and early, the two of them are determined to make the most of their weekend, but tensions start to rise almost immediately as they start discussing recent issues in their marriage. The perfect couple might not be so perfect after all, as dark secrets about their life begin to come to the surface. From the start, she comes across as very standoffish and passive aggressive, not to mention high maintenance and uncompromising.
So why do I want to keep reading his story? But I had to find out what she had in store for us next. Paul and his wife, Mia, are getting ready to go on a weekend trip to their lake house. He has lots of plans. And they are all a surprise. But as the trip continues, tension mounts.
There's nothing more disappointing as a reader than picking up a book you're excited about, and strongly disliking the read. What seemed intended to deliver a twisty domestic thriller with an unreliable narrator turned out to be dissatisfying at best, and at worst a simplistic and forced attempt at the psychological complexity a crime novel can offer. Newcomers to crime fiction might be, through no fault of their own, convinced that this kind of read is exemplary of the genre; I would welcome the opportunity to steer them in another direction. 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. 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.