Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever

"...a great read that has made me want to get started right away on this author's other books."


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, and provider. That's why he's planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. It will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and into the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them. How perfect is any marriage, really? How much do they trust each other? Is Paul the person he seems to be? And what are his secret plans for the cottage weekend?

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'Best Day Ever' was my first introduction to Rouda. The book is mostly based over 24 hours, starting with the car journey to their lake side cottage. The story is told wholly from the perspective of Paul and when starting to read Paul appears a solid family man. I was really interested to carry on reading to find out how or why this man was driven to plotting to kill his wife. Whilst set in the present, to give background and more details, the story will often go back to the past, revealing more layers about Paul. As I continued to read their characters became more evident, as did their motives. The story is very cleverly written. It's very simple, not overly complicated. The story will end either with Paul killing Mia, or not… but its simplicity is what makes it such a good read. There are really only the two main characters in the whole book, with brief appearances from other minor characters stopping by. But both Paul and Mia were big enough to fill the book and keep me interested. 'Best Day Ever' is a great read that has made me want to get started right away on this author's other books.

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