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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Genre: Suspense/Psychological Thriller
Pubilsher: Graydon House
Release Date: September 19, 2017

Paul Strom seems to have it all. He has the dream job in advertising, a loving wife and two sons, a nice house near his childhood home, and a lake house. A trip to the lake house is where he plans to make sure his wife has the best day ever. He's the man of the house. The one who provides a steady household income, makes sure his family has everything they need, and it's time to treat his wife to a romantic weekend alone.

Creating the best day ever is all he can think about, even if things get off to a rocky start.

Strengths and Weaknesses

The definition of an unreliable narrator is a narrator who you cannot trust. That's what you have here. It's clear from the start that something's up. The story is told in the first person, and everything is from Paul's perspective. It didn't take long before I knew there was something seriously weird about this guy. He's easy to dislike.

A lot of the story takes place on the car ride out to the lake house. The tension between Mia and Paul is clear. As each chapter progresses, you get a little more insight into why there's tension between them. You start to wonder what this romantic getaway is really about. I knew what was coming, but I wasn't sure who would initiate things. As it continued, I began to realize it was going to be pretty predictable. That's where the story lost me, nothing was surprising anymore.

RTR's Bottom Line

The pacing in Best Day Ever proved too distracting for me. I knew what was coming and nothing seemed hurried or rushed to get to the key action. By the time I was at 62 percent on my Kindle, I wanted to skip to the final chapters. I kept reading, but I think had I skipped, I wouldn't have missed much. I knew what was coming too early on. Without giving spoilers, I kind of wish this novel had the Agatha Christie type of twist that I hoped was coming. Had that happened, my feelings on the book would have been completely different.

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