A loving husband. The perfect killer?
‘I wonder if Mia thinks I have a dark side. Most likely as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.’
Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs.
But he also has his secrets. That’s why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever.
Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan…
Worldbuilding: The Columbus and Lakeside settings were nice. I enjoyed the idyllic Lakeside more.
Characters: Paul was a very interesting main character,though very unlikable. In the beginning he came off as smug, full of himself, cocky for sure – a manipulative and controlling narcissistic bastard. I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of him, but he did give me the creeps. As the story progressed, his psychopathic nature became clearer and clearer, and I had a sinking suspicion I knew what the “Best Day Ever” would be about.
Plot: The story was interesting, though it took a while to kick in, shall we say. The pace progressed, going from slow to super-fast, and the tension progressed from suspected to clear to physically manifested.
Writing: First person, present tense narrative, Paul’s POV except the Epilogue. His voice was strange yet interesting to follow, as his perspective on things was skewed to say the least. He started out as unreliable narrator but became more and more honest as the story evolved.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my psychological thriller moods.
I recommend Best Day Ever to fans of unreliable narrators, psychopaths as MCs, and twisted stories. It feels a bit slow in the beginning, because Kaira Rouda establishes something like a baseline for Paul, so the reader can pick up on the clues about his nature. But it’s an interesting and fun ride.