Best Day Ever
by Rouda, Kaira

As Paul and Mia Strom drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? By a USA Today best-selling author. 60,000 first printing.

Paul Strom is driving his wife, Mia, to their lake house for a long weekend. The Stroms are one of those picture-perfect couples: he's a high-powered executive, they have two beautiful young sons, they enjoy the finer things in life. But underneath the glossy veneer lies something broken. The action takes place over a single day, as Paul narrates the ride to the lake and what happens after they arrive. But, as readers who love suspense will discover with glee, Paul is the consummate unreliable narrator. He keeps telling Mia that he's whisking her away for the "best day ever," but his idea of a great day is quite a bit different than any nonsociopath would expect. Luckily, Mia is no damsel in distress and has a few tricks of her own ready for Paul. Rouda keeps the pace taut, the action spare, and the characters intense as she takes readers on an hour-by-hour recounting of the couple's fateful getaway. Rouda's first book under Harlequin's Graydon House imprint heralds the publisher's welcome move into "edgy women's fiction" and will be sure to find a wide readership. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

A husband and father has a very, very special weekend planned for his wife in this creepy little chiller.Ohio couple Paul and Mia Strom are heading up to their lake house on the shores of Lake Erie for the perfect weekend, and Paul is determined to make it the best day ever. Their two young sons are with a babysitter, and Mia, who has been struggling with a mysterious illness, is feeling better. And why shouldn't it be a perfect day? Paul and Mia have a perfect family, and Paul is the perfect husband (he even says so) and Mia, the perfect housewife. All is...well, perfect. Or so Paul would have everyone think. After 10 years, the shine has worn off for Paul, but he chose Mia for a reason, and he's determined to make it work; he'll do it on his terms, though, and this weekend will be a turning point. But Paul's skeletons are falling out of the closet in droves, and Mia isn't the wilting housewife he thought she was. The Stroms seems to have it all and are a king and queen of t heir suburban domain, but there's a creeping rot underneath, and his name is Paul. There are children at stake, though, not to mention Mia, who has endured this man for far too long. Rouda's (The Goodbye Year, 2016) choice to have Paul narrate is a compelling one, and he is about as awful as he can possibly get without going completely over the top (although a laughable attempt to whisk his mistress off to Disneyland in the middle of the night pushes it a bit). He laces his narrative with just enough snippets about his fraught childhood to give his warped pathology some psychological heft. The conclusion even leaves a little bit of uncertainty for readers to chew on. Darkly funny, scandalous, and utterly satisfying. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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