Review: Best Day Ever


Bestselling women’s fiction author, founder of, and Laguna Beach resident, Kaira Rouda, has spent the last decade writing novels that explore what’s behind the closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. This Fall, Rouda has released one of the most anticipated books of the year with BEST DAY EVER (Harlequin/Graydon House; September 19, 2017; Hardcover; $26.99; ISBN: 978- 1525811401), a brilliant and chilling page-turner based in Ohio that focuses on 24 hours in the lives of a married couple Paul and Mia Strom.

In BEST DAY EVER, 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 bucolic Lakeside, OH, a spark of tension begins to burn between them and doubts start to arise. How perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? How much do they trust each other? Is Paul the person he seems to be? And what are his real plans for their weekend at the cottage?

The novel has been praised by PopSugar, Good Housekeeping, Publishers Weekly, HELLO and more. 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, Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage … or a life.


Every once in a while a book reaches out and grabs you.  It is all you can do to put it down and walk away.  Even as you read, chapters turn rapidly and the words fly by.  Best Day Ever, by Kaira Rouda is such a book.  From the very beginning you know this is going to be a good story and you just have to keep reading.  To say more would ruin the magic of reading this one unencumbered by additional information.  Suffice it to say, this is a domestic thriller for the ages and you will spend the Best Day Ever reading it.

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