Best Day Ever
2017, 342 pages
Best Day Ever is an entertaining addition to a new trendy theme in popular literature, one that is the foundation of stories like Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris or The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, one that makes the reader suspect that the perfect lives of perfect couples are not always what they seem.
Paul and Mia Strom seem to be one of these “perfect” couples – Paul works as an executive at an ad agency while Mia cares for their two healthy boys. Paul provides and protects and Mia provides dairy- and carb-free meals for their family while refusing to drink water out of anything other than glass bottles. Paul and Mia are so in love that they decide to have a romantic weekend at their lake house – the first day of which will surely be the best day ever, as Paul repeats over, and over, and over again throughout the book. But, as their drive and arrival at their lake house progresses, Paul’s true nature and Mia’s increasing tendency to defy Paul’s wishes begin to reveal themselves in some slightly unexpected and violent ways.
Though frustrating at times (like when the actress in the horror film runs into the basement as the villain chases her), the story, especially Mia’s, comes together at the end. A page-turner that’s worth the read.
Nicole Schulze Concord Public Library
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