Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Book Rating (out of 5):

3 to 3.5 stars. I received this ARC at BookCon from the Harlequin booth. First of all, I loved the cover and the feel of the book. The pages are a little jagged at the edges and it’s just a really cool looking ARC. I hope they don’t change much about that in the final edition.

Anyway, the entire time I was reading Best Day Ever, I kept thinking up alternate titles for this book. Titles like “A Day in the Life of a Sociopath” or “Inside the Mind of a Psychopath”or “F*** Me, I Guess the Jig is Up”.

In the book, we get up close and personal with Paul who is the unreliable narrator of this slow build of a thriller. He keeps referring to what he is sure is going to be the Best Day Ever as he embarks on a weekend away with his wife. He wants it to be the perfect day, but nothing quite seems to be working out as he planned. All of this is slowly revealed as he tells the reader about himself, his wife and their life together. And slowly, you begin to see that Paul is not quite who he wants you to think he is.

I give it 3 to 3.5 stars because I found myself getting a little bit antsy and a little bored at times in the beginning. To the point where I was tempted to just flick to the end and see what happens. But then something interesting would happen and I’d decide to stick with it. You get just enough bites of info to keep you interested, keep you wondering where this day is ultimately going to lead. 

Things pick up a lot about 200-250 pages when we finally get to the meat and potatoes of Paul and his relationship with his wife. From there, the day starts to unravel faster than a ball of yarn tossed from a skyscraper. I felt like I was watching American Psycho at the very end when Patrick Bateman completely loses his shit and goes on a killing rampage.

Paul’s final outburst is pretty epic, and frankly, I was only reading at one point to see how this nutbag was going to go out. I was pretty sure it was going to be in an epic blaze of glory.

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Duh, Patrick? I mean, Paul.

This is not a book that I would typically pick up, but overall, I enjoyed it. Mostly because of that ending. I’m curious to see what others think of it.

Best Day Ever is out TODAY!


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