Book Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

September 19, 2017 Book Reviews, Fall, Thriller 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira RoudaBest Day Ever by Kaira Rouda
Published by Graydon House on September 19th 2017
Genres: Psychological, Thriller
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley
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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…

Paul 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?

Forcing 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 conclusion. 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.


This is one of those books where I was very glad to have read it on my Kindle. I kept wanting to glance at the next page to see what would happen next. Thankfully, only being able to see one page at a time hindered my impatience!

The genre for this is set to Thriller. The synopsis is pretty vague but intriguing! And with it being under the genre, thriller, I knew I wanted to read this.

This couple has everything that most people want. A good marriage, Paul has a high paying job where he is respected, a house in a great neighborhood, and two boys who go to a reputable school. They decide to take a little break from life and go away for a weekend, leaving the kids with the sitter, so they can get back in touch and enjoy “couple” time.

Paul’s inner dialogue is fascinating. Sometimes exhausting, but it is nice seeing his thoughts. Although even as he is telling this story, he does not divulge too much. Straight away, the narrator, says some things that give me question marks. If I was a cartoon character they would pop up all over the place! I’ll just take a note from Aubrey’s playbook and post stickers everywhere!


Paul drops some serious clues. I highlighted a few and read them all out to my husband to see if he was getting the same psycho vibe that I was. It’s not that Paul is full out crazy, but he says things that show, very early on, that he is controlling.

I can be helpful when I want to be, although I don’t want to remind Mia of this fact as she may come to expect it.

or how about

as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.

and here’s a fun one!

It’s a bit late for Mia to be contemplating finding herself. What could she possibly find that I don’t already provide?

Again, these quotes just add to his mystery. None of what he says is full out psychotic, but those question marks do keep popping up.


Mia, on the other hand, seems a bit meek. Maybe that’s why they work, as far as we know at the moment anyway. The book is called The Best Day Ever. But there is this constant underlying threat there. I was never sure by which person it would come from because they bounce back and forth from being stressed and arguing but not really arguing, to seemingly being perfectly fine.

Although nothing is actually happening, they’re just taking a drive and talking, my heart is pounding. I don’t know what is going to happen next or who the villain is! (I have my clues though, lots of them now!)

And even as I hope that it will continue, I just wanted to speed read to the end!

There is a moment about 70% in where the full thing starts coming out. All of the clues were placed perfectly, adding up to a not super in your face villainy, but downright dastardly all the same. I was dying near 85% wondering how everything was going to come about.

The ending was my least favorite. It matches the story and the way the characters worked through it all, but I just wanted something more. Maybe I’ve watched too many horror movies (I am a product of 80 horror movies) but the ending is growing on me. It’s not flashy, but not every ending has to be.

In short: I want to read more of Kaira Rouda’s work. I hated that this ended, even while I had to continue pacing myself not to speed read through the story.

The author’s note at the end was fabulous. I loved reading about how Kaira Rouda came up with these characters. Sometimes it just works and you have to roll with it, no matter how twisted the plot is!



Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5



Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction exploring what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. Her next novel, BEST DAY EVER, is out September 19th.

She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @KairaRouda; and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books.

If you’d like to host Kaira at your book club, in person or via Skype/Facetime, please reach out through her website




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