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.
“I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…”
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.
The babysitter has arrived, she is a little untrustworthy, but Paul doesn’t mention this to his wife, Mia. He has a weekend planned at their lake house, and this is going to be the best day ever.
Mia and Paul met at work. Mia just out of college and Paul new to the company. Immediately attracted to each other, Paul didn’t hesitate to ask her out (breaking company policy). After all, Mia was young, beautiful, and it didn’t hurt that she came from wealth. Against her parent’s wishes, Mia and Paul marry, and the isolation slowly begins.
Told through the point of view of a psychopath (Paul), the story takes the reader through 24 hours of the couple’s life. Paul is quite overbearing, exuding massive confidence (he’s conceited to the core) and distrust. In other words, he is despicable. Mia, timid at times, is slowly rebuilding her confidence and taking back control.
This book is fast paced with unexpected twists. It’s obvious that Paul is the creep in the story, but finding out just how creepy he is leads to intensity while reading. The mind games are also interesting as the characters personalities are revealed through their conversations and actions while traveling to the cabin.
I highly recommend this book to readers looking for a psychological thriller! Just a little side note…the cover of this book is gorgeous.