Paul and Mia Strom appear to be the perfect couple. He is
the perfect husband, has the perfect job, two perfect sons,
and the perfect wife. Perfect is a word that is
very important to Paul as it defines everything in his life.
This weekend he has planned a romantic getaway for only Mia
and himself without their sons. They are going to their
vacation home where Mia can work in her garden as well as
spend romantic time with Paul.
Yes, Paul Strom has planned the "best day ever" for them.
On the drive to their vacation home, tension begins to
develop between them. There are little things, at first,
that just serve to annoy Paul slightly. Mia is also annoyed
slightly. By the time they reach the little village where
their vacation is located, there is some definite tension.
In fact, Paul is childlike in his reaction to anything that
he deems Mia is responsible for in ruining their weekend.
As the day continues, things do not improve, which makes
Paul even more annoyed. The question is just how far will
Paul go to get his romantic weekend back under his control
because he will find that Mia has a few surprises in store
for him, too.
BEST DAY EVER has one of the more unique plots of any books
written this year. Nothing can prepare you for the unfolding
events of BEST DAY EVER, which is why I was held spellbound,
wondering what was going to happen next. One of the most
significant aspects of this book is that there is only a
small chance that readers will guess what is going on before
the last few pages.
Paul Strom is a controlling and manipulative man. That is
evident very early in the story. He is also an intensely
unlikeable character. In reading BEST DAY EVER, I wondered
many times why Mia continues to stay married to him. At
first, she seems to be a rather weak character in putting up
with all of the arrogance he throws at her, but as I
continued to read, I slowly discovered that she might not be
as weak as she first appears.
BEST DAY EVER is a psychological mystery that can otherwise
be called a "thinking person's" novel. It is not a quick
and easy read; not by a long shot. It is, instead, a
remarkable stunner of a book. The plot was a treat for my
senses as it made me think while remaining absorbed in the
story. There is the perfect blend of mystery and puzzle
solving, which is what makes a good book even better. You
might want to treat your senses sometime soon with the BEST
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…”
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?
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