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- Publisher: HQ (7 Sept. 2017)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XBDLGGJ
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- Customer reviews: 511 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Best Day Ever: A gripping psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming! Kindle Edition
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"His voice will grip you. Through self-conscious charm and a chilling wit, Rouda's narrator creates laugh-out-loud moments that will feel like guilty pleasures in light of the story's high-impact conclusion. 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
-We read Best Day Ever in one sitting-ripping through the pages with a breathless urgency. The book takes place over just twenty-four-hours, making you desperate to know: what exactly does the seemingly perfect Paul Strom have planned for his wife when he takes her away for the weekend? Here's what we can tell you: whatever you think it is, you're wrong. Best Day Ever isn't even close to what you're expecting. Best Day Ever is a creepy, spine-tingling and utterly addictive tale of domestic suspense.--- Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of The Good Widow
-Riveting and provocative, Best Day Ever is a gripping suspense that plays with your mind and makes you wonder how well you truly know your spouse. Accomplished author Kaira Rouda deftly navigates a day in the life of Paul and Mia Strom where what appears to be a perfect marriage is not all what it seems. Fast-paced, dark, and slightly disturbing, you won't be able to put this book down until its jaw-dropping ending. Rouda kept me glued to my seat. Absolutely brilliant!- - Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep
-His voice will grip you. Through self-conscious charm and a chilling wit, Rouda's narrator creates laugh-out-loud moments that will feel like guilty pleasures in light of the story's high-impact conclusion. 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
..".it was completely addicting. It will be a Bets On pick. Those who loved THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (another Bets On title) will want to take note of this one." -Carol Fitzgerald, BookReport.com
"Best Day Ever could be the best thriller of the year." -Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of Not a Sound
"Had the best day ever reading Best Day Ever. Great narrator in Paul, LOVE his voice! Fabulous book." -B.A. Paris, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown
"Perfectly plotted and devilishly dark, Kaira Rouda's Best Day Ever won't let you go until that last page is turned. Entertaining and provocative, I could not put this one down!" -Karma Brown, international bestselling author of In this Moment
"Chilling, satisfying suspense...it will cost you sleep as you race through the pages."-Good Housekeeping
"We read Best Day Ever in one sitting-ripping through the pages with a breathless urgency. The book takes place over just twenty-four-hours, making you desperate to know: what exactly does the seemingly perfect Paul Strom have planned for his wife when he takes her away for the weekend? Here's what we can tell you: whatever you think it is, you're wrong. Best Day Ever isn't even close to what you're expecting. "Best Day Ever is a creepy, spine-tingling and utterly addictive tale of domestic suspense."- Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of The Good Widow
"An intriguing, perfectly-paced page-turner, BEST DAY EVER is one hell of a ride!-Amy Hatnavy, author of It Happens All the Time
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"A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page." -Publishers Weekly "We read Best Day Ever in one sitting-ripping through the pages with a breathless urgency. The book takes place over just twenty-four-hours, making you desperate to know: what exactly does the seemingly perfect Paul Strom have planned for his wife when he takes her away for the weekend? Here's what we can tell you: whatever you think it is, you're wrong. Best Day Ever isn't even close to what you're expecting. Best Day Ever is a creepy, spine-tingling and utterly addictive tale of domestic suspense."- Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of The Good Widow --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This was sinister and creepy from the get go, Paul Strom has to be one of the most creepiest characters I have read in a long time, clearly a Sociopath who shows little emotion other than what he wants to show - he doesn't get called Poker Face Paul for no reason!
Best Day Ever is set over a 24 hour period, Paul and his wife Mia are heading to their cottage for the weekend, just the two of them, child free. Mia has been sick for a while now and he sees this a perfect opportunity for her to recoup and relax, though it is clear from the get go that something is going to go down over the weekend but you really are left guessing as to what Paul has in store for him and his wife.
Paul is one of those characters that you are supposed to hate but he hooked me right in that even I was beginning to believe his justification for some of his actions! He is a man who likes to be in control of everything so when his wife starts to act “unusual” in his eyes, over the course of the weekend the mask he has held in place for so many years begins to slip and the whole story begins to unfold.
This story was expertly written and the tension twists and turns really had me on the edge of my seat, I devoured this book and this is far different from Ms Rouds other works, it is clear that she can wear the hat of writing different genres brilliantly!
It's so refreshing to finally read a thriller type with a different ending to the typical. It was a real fantastic end and I read the book in 6 hours straight! Very impressed with this author, will be looking out for more by her!!
I can't thank Kaira Rouda enough for bringing this deliciously disordered personality to life.He makes for compulsive reading and drives this book along at pace.
Kaira MUST ensure we meet with him at some point in the future.
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The story takes place in a single day, with the exception of the last chapter. Paul takes his wife Mia to their lakeside house in Ohio. He plans to spend the perfect day with her. He wants to be alone with her and enjoy “the best day ever”. Unfortunately, not everything works as planned.
The book is just fun. The story is told from Paul's point of view. We are in his head, so to speak. Paul is a psychopath and extremely narcissistic. He has a very high opinion of himself and precise ideas of how everything has to be to his liking. Mia was until this day the perfect and willing wife. She also has rich parents. But somehow apparently he does not have everything under control anymore. In his boundless confidence in his own genius he has missed that something has changed behind his back.
You could complain about the lack of a story because there is not much happening. The plot is rather small. Paul drives with Mia in a car, goes out for lunch, goes shopping and then leads his wife out to dinner. We as readers are practically in his head the whole time. He basically has a long monologue. Paul is one of those characters you love to hate. I found him very amusing. He is an un-empathic psychopath and knows it. I enjoyed the book a lot. I think it's terrific written and Paul is a ghastly-fascinating character.
"Best Day Ever" is an exciting, amusing and dark reading pleasure. If you love a good psychopath, well here you are!
Von einem Thriller erwarte ich ein Mindestmaß an Spannung. Die fehlt hier - die Handlung ist viel zu vorhersehbar, um auch nur ansatzweise spannend zu sein. Paul, Hauptfigur und Ich-Erzähler der Story, ist ein selbstverliebter Angeber, ein Narzisst und Psychopath. Immer wieder erwähnt er nebenbei irgendwelche Verwandte/Kollegen/Verflossene, die ihn erst verärgert und dann ein schlimmes Ende genommen haben. Dass Leichen seinen Weg pflastern, ist ebenso offensichtlich wie der finstere Plan, den er für den vermeintlichen 'best day ever' schmiedet. Anfangs habe ich auf Überraschungen gehofft, die eine oder andere unerwartete Wendung - vergeblich. Bis zum hektischen Showdown am Ende passiert nichts, das man nicht erwartet hätte.
Und der Humor? Ok, über Pauls haarsträubende Prahlereien kann man zu Anfang noch etwas schmunzeln, aber da er immer wieder die gleichen dunklen, ach-so-geheimnisvollen, Andeutungen wiederkäut, verliert das schnell an Unterhaltungswert und nervt schließlich nur noch.
Das Beste an dem Buch ist, dass es mit knapp 350, nicht zu klein bedruckten, Seiten dünn ist, und man das Lese-Elend schnell hinter sich hat.
Er hat ein superschönes Eigenheim in bester Lage, ein supertolles Haus am See in bester Lage, eine wunderhübsche Frau, zwei gutaussehende blauäugige Jungs, eine erfolgreiche Karriere und sieht selbst auch noch sehr gut aus (bis auf den Bauch, der weg muss) - was kann das Leben noch bieten?
So denkt auch der Leser als er die ersten Zeilen liest. Eine langweilige Bilderbuchfamilie, der "American Dream", was soll da an Spannung noch kommen.
Aber es wird spannend, dazu noch sehr unterhaltsam. Man kommt aus dem Schmunzeln nicht mehr heraus. Paul Strom erzählt und erzählt von seinem Leben, seiner Ehe, seiner Karriere - und nach und nach tun sich hier Abgründe auf. Man merkt, dass er sich - und anderen - einiges vorlügt und dass die schöne Fassade trügt.
Die mir bislang unbekannte Autorin schreibt schlichtwegs hervorragend - sie schafft es absolut, sich in die Psyche dieses von Eigenlob strotzenden Paul hineinzuversetzen und mit der Zeit merkt man, dass er total in der Klemme steckt und das Leben nicht so rosig ist, wie er es vorgibt.....
Sprachlich sehr gut umgesetzt, keine Seite langweilig, selten kommt ein Krimi samt kriminellem Protagonisten so unterhalsam daher.
Fazit: Eines der wenigen Highlights des Bücherjahres 2017. Absolute Kaufempfehlung!
Great book everybody should read - a page turner.