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Why we love it: This is a captivating and fascinating story of a weekend and a marriage; and how well we best-day-evercan know the people closest to us. The suspense is unrelenting, an utterly riveting tale that will have you devouring the pages to find out what lies at the end.

Paul Strom has the perfect life. He and his beautiful wife Mia are setting off to their lake house for a romantic weekend away, just the two of them; he’s promised her this will be the best day ever. Paul is a successful advertising executive, they have the big house in a nice suburb, and two gorgeous sons. The perfect weekend, the perfect wife, the perfect life. Right?

Well, perhaps. As the two drive towards the country, tensions mount and secrets from the past and the here and now threaten. How much do they trust each other? How well do they know each other? And what exactly is Paul planning when they get to the cottage?

This book is unputdownable, gripping you completely from the first chapter. We get hints of things to come and what has happened previously, leaving us wanting more. The story is mostly told over one day, with varying intervals between the chapters (sometimes fifteen minutes, sometimes an hour), and this clever way of telling the story over a limited time period provides a feeling of immediacy and urgency that will have you rushing to find out how it ends. Interspersed with Paul’s musings of his family and childhood, the story of how Paul and Mia met and fell in love, these flashbacks reveal more and more of the character’s pasts, making their presents and futures even more interesting and compelling.

The story is told by Paul in the first person. He addresses the reader directly – ‘I know what you may be thinking’ – making us feel we are part of the story, complicit in what is happening. From the very beginning, he is an intriguing character – and also contradictory and occasionally sinister. Lines such as ‘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’ and ‘Me and my hot, newly skinny again wife’ (both of which appear in the first chapter) make us wonder exactly who we’re dealing with… and what he’s capable of.

The beauty of this novel is in its subtlety – things are alluded to, leaving the reader to draw their own conclusions, rather than having them spelled out for us. If you enjoyed The Couple Next Door or Gone Girl, this is definitely the book for you.

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                    Publisher details

                    Best Day Ever
                    Author
                    Kaira Rouda
                    Publisher
                    Harlequin
                    Genre
                    Fiction
                    Released
                    21 August, 2017

                    Synopsis

                    "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 towards the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself 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 secret plans for their weekend at the cottage?

                    Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter towards 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.About the AuthorKaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple-award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction. Her novels include The Goodbye Year; Here, Home, Hope; All the Difference and In the Mirror. She is also the author of the bestselling short story "Mother's Day," as well as the Laguna Beach series and the Indigo Islandseries. Her nonfiction titles, Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs and Real You for Authors: 8 Essentials for Women Writers, continue to inspire.Kaira's work has won numerous awards, including the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Award, Readers' Choice Award and an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel.

                    Kaira Rouda
                    About the author

                    Kaira Rouda

                    Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple-award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction. Her novels include The Goodbye Year; Here, Home, Hope; All the Difference and In the Mirror. She is also the author of the bestselling short story "Mother's Day," as well as the Laguna Beach series and the Indigo Islandseries. Her nonfiction titles, Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs and Real You for Authors: 8 Essentials for Women Writers, continue to inspire.Kaira's work has won numerous awards, including the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Award, Readers' Choice Award and an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel.

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                    1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review! I’m thrilled you enjoyed BEST DAY EVER!! Day made!