Today i’ve got something quite exciting to share with you, my participation in my first ever book tour! I saw the opportunity a while ago and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and read a new book, by an author I’d not actually heard of before. The start of this post will be my review and then towards the end of the post there will be all the information regarding the author, Kaira Rouda, and the synopsis of the book itself. Make sure you check out the sneaky little giveaway too, where you can win Amazon vouchers of money through Paypal! It’s even open world wide!
A perfect husband and wife duo? Or so it seems! Paul & Mia have been together around 10 years when Paul decides the stress of their daily lives means they need a little trip away together to their holiday cottage on Lake Eerie. Leaving the kids at home with a babysitter, who it seems conveniently made passes at him at the office, the set off for what Paul describes will be “the best day ever’.
It’s safe to say that the character of Paul really didn’t appeal to me. He seemed like the kind of husband that I would hate to be married to, over-bearing and generally a bit disinterested. He has very traditional views of women being the homemakers and carers of the children and through the chapters, it seems that he feels his wife, Mia, is incapable of many things, but more so than that, it seems he is hiding things from her too. Although there are snippets of a time where he seems to admire her, or at the very least desire her, the majority of the first third of the book he seems to have simply wanted her to help him live out the all American family dream with the house with the white picket fence and the 2.4 kids.
As the book is written in first person, we get to catch a good old glimpse into his mind to see what is actually making him tick. I feel like we are meant to not actually like him and that’s what makes the book so interesting. Its clear that he has sunk to pretty low levels to dominate Mia’s life prior to the day the book is set and he appears to be the perfect family man from the outside but the perfect psychopath on the inside! Throughout the book, we discover the lengths he has gone to to manipulate things in his life to get his own way and it’s very alarming as they seem to fall under the radar so he’s clearly very good!
What was different about the book for me is that each chapter was actually a period of time during one day and seemed to be set in half hour intervals. At first I felt like this was making the book drag out, but in fact it was allowing the tension to mount throughout the story to really keep you on the edge of your seat! I really liked this actually as you could get a real picture of what was happening and it felt like you were going through the day with them.
I’m trying to keep this review spoiler free so you can go and enjoy it for yourselves. I always find thrillers the hardest genre to review as the most exciting part is obviously the ending when all becomes revealed and secrets are exposed. I love it when you finish a book and get all the answers you were looking for, especially if there’s a nice twist to the plot too. I’m going to say no more and suggest that you grab a copy yourselves so you can see what went down on Lake Eerie with Paul & Mia! If you give it a read, definitely let me know what you think! I would give this a solid 4/5 rating myself and I’m going to be passing it on to my Mum to read next!
More details about the book and author below:
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…
Behind Closed Doors meets Liane Moriarty in this creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming!
‘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
About the Author
Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women’s fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, IN THE MIRROR and THE GOODBYE YEAR (April 2016). Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER’S DAY. Kaira’s work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.
Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE’S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3, and LAGUNA SIGHTS, coming winter 2016. She also helped launch Melissa Foster’s The Remington’s Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE and in the Dare to Love Kindle World, THE CELEBRITY DARE.
Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers, continue to inspire.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.
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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