Book Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 4 Stars

Amy Dunne, look out… there’s a hot new sociopath in town!

Check out the book trailer! It’s the first one I’ve ever seen! Really cool and creepy!

Paul Strom, a successful advertising executive, has planned a romantic day for his beautiful wife stay-at-home wife Mia. He and Mia have the perfect life – an enviable lifestyle, financial stability, a beautiful home, luxurious furniture and décor, a sparkling lake house, and two beautiful little boys. He and Mia have a leisurely drive to the lake house and enjoy playful and loving banter along the way.

But as we spend more time with Paul and Mia, it’s very apparent that things aren’t what they seem because Paul is a sociopath.

Best Day 1

A sociopath is defined as “a person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

I never really understood what that meant until I read this book. The story is told from the perspective of Paul, so the reader literally gets into his head and is privy to his real thoughts and feelings which most often contradicts his behavior.

Beneath Paul’s carefully polished facade is a mean, cunning, despicable, evil, manipulative, lying, stealing, cheating man who can barely count as a human being.

Best Day 2

This book is a fascinating read on a sociopath, which is the type of person that lives among us as a neighbor, friend, family member, or even a spouse, and the justifications that sociopaths make to themselves that are unlike normal people.

I loathed Paul but I kept reading because the writing is very engaging and I wanted to see how the plot progressed.

This book is a slow burner but just interesting enough to keep the reader engaged. The sunny and light atmosphere changes to a dark and ominous one as the author weaves disquieting clues through behaviors and character reflections as the reader drives to the lake house with Paul and Mia.

The book picks up in pace during the last 25% and there are some surprising twists that make it all worth it. I found the ending very satisfying.

Overall, we find out that the truth is the opposite of the picture-perfect image that Paul portrays and I enjoyed learning about the mind of a sociopath.

Pub Date: 19 Sep 2017

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