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"As I opened the door and stepped into the humid night, her scream followed me out. But I knew there was still love for me in her heart....

"I'm unforgettable."

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 toward 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 who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the best-selling 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.

©2017 Kaira Rouda (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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Graham Halstead gave life to character!

The story, intriguing in some ways, predictable in others, was given a jolt of life by the creative, snarky voice behind Paul. A great example of how much more the story can engage you when experienced through the audible version. A few surprises kept the plot from being as predictable as it could have been. But I enjoyed the sound of this book very much.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Book..But Author Quit at the End

First part of book was excellent. But, at the end...when you could get the other characters perspective on events (you REALLY wanted it). It ended. Almost, like half a book. Disappointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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There are some crazy people out there!

Best Day Ever: A Psychological Thriller by Kaira Rouda, narrated by Graham Halstead and Amy McFadden was one I had on pre-order and couldn't wait to listen to! I was so excited when it finally appeared on my Audible app! I definitely recommend it to those who enjoy thrillers and books about psycho, crazy people...husbands, in particular! It is well-written, and every time when I thought this man (husband) couldn't get any more looney, he did!

The performance by Graham Halstead was controlled and consistent. He played the part well, and his calm demeanor, overall, made the main character seem even more psycho! We only heard from Amy McFadden at the end (in the Epilogue), which disappointed me a little because I really enjoy listening to her narrate books! I thought we would get to listen to both of them throughout the entire book, but, sadly, that was not the case. :-(

Overall, I would rate this audiobook between 4-4.5 stars. It kept me fully engaged, and I couldn't wait to continue listening the second I got out of work. This was my first book from Kaira Rouda, and I 100% plan to check out more of her work. I'm also excited to see what she comes up with next!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A riveting, fast-paced psychological thriller

WARNING! Best Day Ever is addictive - a riveting, fast-paced psychological thriller that will pull you in immediately. Rouda obviously did her research. Her character development is brilliant. The more I listened, the more I hated Paul (the narrator) - a despicable narcissistic sociopath. A sign of a great book is when you can't stop thinking about the characters! It's been hours since I finished the book and Mia and Paul are still stuck in my head.

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All the Stars!!

What made the experience of listening to Best Day Ever the most enjoyable?

the narrator was sooooo good.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No - it was not that kind of a book. It was more of a slow simmer. Didn't take anything away from the book tho.

Which character – as performed by Graham Halstead and Amy McFadden – was your favorite?

I can't really say without giving too much away. It will be obvious later in the book which characters you love and which ones you detest!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

moved ... no. but I was totally invested in this story from beginning to end.

Any additional comments?

This book might not appeal to everyone. There is no big action scenes, no high speed chases. But it was just so darn interesting. I loved it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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If Holden Caulfield GrewUp to be a Sociopathic Dad

In this book, the main character, Paul, reminds me of a sociopathic Holden Caulfield (from The Catcher in the Rye) - but as an adult with a wife and two young kids. But even more so he really mirrors the main character, Joe, of Caroline Kepnes’ “You” or “Hidden Bodies”, due to the first person narration and Joe who also reminds me of a sociopathic but poor/working-class, Holden Caulfield. These comparisons encompass Paul’s arrogance, entitlement and disregard for everyone but himself. With that said, I think I particularly liked the book because I had these other books to relate with, otherwise, I’m not sure how much I would’ve appreciated it. The book is interesting from the beginning - not from the VERY start but it does move along quickly and keeps you wondering. The author does a good job of maintaining an awkward tension between the characters - like they both know that the other person knows but they both aren't admitting it. The ending was somewhat satisfying and worth the credit. If you do end up liking the book and haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye or Caroline Kepnes’ two books (“You” or “Hidden Bodies”), I recommend them and in turn, if you liked any of those 3, you’ll most likely appreciate this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Watered Down

This book started out with so much potential. I thought I was buckling in for one of the best suspenseful I'd heard in a long time. The book was watered down. There was nothing suspenseful about it. It went drab like ugly gray curtains.

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Enjoyed the nut's story

I enjoyed the story told from the husband's point of view as he and his wife approach their weekend spot. Enjoyed the build up and warped view of the husband. Sometimes humorous. I really liked this book so much it only took me a few days to finish it.

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Great Thriller from an Unorthodox Perspective

I don't want to give too much away, but it's clear after a few minutes of listening to this book that the main character is a jerk. Just how much of a jerk is revealed throughout the listen. Graham Halstead did a terrific job bringing this cad to life, and it was an interesting mind to get into...the mind of a complete narcissist and ....well, I don't want to say too much because it would spoil the fun. You know he's a jerk, but how far he'll go is what keeps you listening. I highly recommend! If you enjoy thrillers then this is a great way to spend your credit! Congratulations on a great debut, Kaira Rouda!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Boring and predictable

This book could have been better written. Too much minutia. No real story line. I have just finished The Butterfly Garden and A Kind Worth Killing which are also psychological thrillers. Those books were SO good, that it made this one extra boring and bad. This is trying to be a “Gone Girl” and failed. Get another book.