Book Review: The Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

I have finally met a book whose title exactly reflected how I felt while reading it. It really was the best day ever reading The Best Day Ever.

The Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda is told by Paul Strom, a glittering business man who appears to have a perfect life: a beautiful wife, two adorable boys, a house in one the best suburbs in the state and a lakeside second home. But, of course, nothing is as it seems and when Paul takes wife Mia away for a romantic getaway at their lake house he has only one thing on his mind – murder.

I really don’t know where to start with this review as every single part of the book was amazing! I guess the first thing that really stood out to me was that the story was told entirely from the viewpoint of Paul. I don’t think I have ever read a thriller where we were right inside the bad guy’s mind. This was a very clever way of showing just how conniving Paul could be considering we start out with an idea of the perfect, loving husband and slowly begin to realise what we are dealing with is a much darker personality.

Paul is certainly the main character in this book and it feels like all the others just play a supporting role, no matter how important they are to the overall story. But we do get to learn a lot about Mia over the course of the book. It is Mia is the one who really grows as a character, not Paul, and I have to admit that I really liked her. She is not what she initially seems and even though I would have sympathy for anyone currently in the sights of a murderer, the more I got to know her, the more I aligned myself on her side.

My absolute favourite thing about this book was the sense of anticipation that was built. I haven’t read a thriller which was able to do that quite so well in a while. Also, Rouda built the anticipation of when rather than what and this was a good twist in itself. Some of you may feel concerned that the book is too dragged out considering its entire contents take place over the course of one day but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The flow is wonderfully natural, hard to rush and will have you devouring every word.

I think this might actually be the thriller of the year for me! Don’t believe me? Go grab a copy and prove yourself wrong!

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.



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‘A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page.’  Publishers Weekly

‘Fast-paced, dark, and slightly disturbing, you won’t be able to put this book down until its jaw-dropping ending… Absolutely brilliant!’
Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep

‘Through self-conscious charm and a chilling wit, Rouda’s narrator creates laugh-out-loud moments that will feel like guilty pleasures. This may well be the most entertaining read of your year.’  Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy, on Best Day Ever

‘Deliciously diabolical and highly readable, BEST DAY EVER kept me flipping the pages with anticipation and fascination. Unputdownable!’ A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife


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  1. Good to find your post on Irish Bloggers as this sounds like one I definitely need to read. I’m also attempting the POV of being inside the bad guy’s head and it’s a bit daunting! Thanks

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