I’m not usually into Thriller, but I’ve been trying to read two books at once and I heard that mixing up the genres between the two helps with that. So I decided I would read Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda to keep the genres different and interesting.
I knew that this book would be a psychological thriller, but I didn’t think it would be something like this. Basically, the story follows a couple on their way to have a great weekend together. They’re about to embark on their trip away from the kids in a cabin alone. While it sounds like fun, what you get nervous about is the perspective that you’re reading this from.
The main character, Paul, just happens to be a crazy person. The book is set in his point of view so you’re reading his thoughts and actions and observations. What you slowly start to realize is that Paul is a misogynist, a sociopath, a criminal, and a scary freaking guy.
I really wanted to hate this book because I hate male characters that are written as jerks/assholes/misogynists/etc. There’s some real-life people like this and it freaks me out to read. I would rather read about men who are good to women and responsive and loyal. However, I think it’s a sign of a well-written novel if you hate the protagonist as much as you’re supposed to.
As the story progresses, you see how “crazy” Paul really is. The plan he had created, the trap he set, and the entire time you’re reading this, you’re on the edge of your seat hoping to God he doesn’t take out the knife and start chasing people around. I don’t think I would be able to handle it if he was a murderer on a spree and we had to read everything about it.
So in terms of psychological thriller, this book definitely played with my head a little bit. I’m really surprised that it did that. Maybe it’s because I’m new to the whole genre, but I kind of liked it. While I don’t want to read any more Patrick Bates-type characters, I will give this one the benefit of the doubt.
However, points off for the ending. I really don’t think the epilogue explaining everything from the wife’s perspective was really necessary here. If anything, it should have just been a quick wind up of what happened after that final day and what happened to Paul.
I received this copy of Best Day Ever in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t paid for this review and the opinions here are my own. You can purchase a copy of Best Day Ever: A Psychological Thriller on Amazon.