I wonder if she is asking me for something, for some understanding. Some type of compassion or empathy. I’m not good at those emotions, or, if we’re being honest, any emotion except anger.” -BEST DAY EVER
Hey bookworms, it’s time for my first book review of the year! I was fortunate enough to win a copy of BEST DAY EVER in an Instagram giveaway, so I started my year with this crazy story. It took me a while to get through because of the holidays, but that was my fault. In actuality, this book is a quick, fast-paced read, so if I’d read it during a normal time of year, I’m sure I would’ve flown through it.
First of all, can we talk about the cover? The pop of red grabs the reader’s attention immediately, and I love that it looks like an envelope (which is important later in the book), and the pages have deckled edges, which are my favorite. For those who don’t know, deckled edges are the ones left unfinished rather than smoothed out (I just recently learned that, too). Anyway, the story:
BEST DAY EVER by Kaira Rouda is a psychological domestic thriller which follows Paul Strom and his wife, Mia. Paul is a successful businessman, he’s wealthy, he has a perfect little family, and he feels like he’s on top of the world. He and his wife go on a weekend getaway in the country to spend some quality time together. Over the course of about 24 hours, the day Paul has dubbed the “best day ever” quickly unravels. The reader learns Paul’s perfect life isn’t quite as perfect as it appears.
This book is so well written and is a slow, suspenseful burn. You can feel something bad is coming, but because you’re seeing things from Paul’s point of view, it takes time to realize what those things will be and how bad they will get. Paul’s voice is witty and chilling, and he’s the kind of narrator I loved to hate. He’s egotistical, clever, and narcissistic, and the more I got to know him, the more his darkness unfolded. He’s completely unreliable, but it was so much fun being inside his twisted head. I would recommend BEST DAY EVER to any thriller fan, but be forewarned, you’re going to hate Paul!
‘There’s a difference between not expressing things and not feeling them. Remember me, Poker-face Paul? It’s a blessing and a curse. I’m a guy. It’s how we are, genetically. You know, hard on the outside, soft on the inside. The delay, honey, is all in your pretty little head.'” -BEST DAY EVER