Dennis Reviews Best Day Ever & Lie To Me

Book Title: Best Day Ever
Author: Kaira Rouda
Series: None
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Domestic Fiction, Suspense
Pub Date: 09/19/17

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 much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? 

Kaira Rouda’s Best Day Ever is gripping, addictive, and dark! Talk about a storyline that throws a complete plot twist as the story unfolds. Best Day Ever begins with Paul and Mia Strom heading from their McMansion in Columbus, Ohio, to their lakeside house in rural Ohio. Paul has set up the perfect “best day ever” for his wife and cannot wait to spend one-on-one time with her, in what seems to be a rather rare occurrence for the couple. As the day unfolds (as the story takes place over a period of 24 hours), things are not what it seems. What is peculiar about the Stroms? What is odd about this “best day ever”? What is really going on here?!

I really enjoyed Best Day Ever and the psychological aspect of this domestic thriller. Kaira Rouda gets you in the mindset of one of the most intense and dark psyches of a person that I’ve ever read. It’s a rare treat to see the story from a different perspective than usual thrillers and it really kept me engaged throughout the novel. At first, the story can appear to be a little bit of a lag, but I promise you that it’s to set the stage for the entire plot. I can’t wait to read the next book by Kaira Rouda.

*Many thanks to the author for providing my copy; it’s a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here on the blog. 


Book Title: Lie To Me
Author: J.T. Ellison
Series: None
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Domestic Fiction, Suspense
Pub Date: 09/05/17

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. The couple seems made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.

Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.

Captivating, spellbinding, and a whirlwind of chaos. Those are the first things that pop into my head after reading J.T. Ellison’s Lie to Me . Seriously, one of the best books I’ve read this year! Lie to Me sets the stage with Ethan and Sutton Montclair residing in their home in Franklin, Tennessee. Ethan finds a note from his beloved wife basically telling him she’s left him and to not look for her. Confused, desperate, and unsure, Ethan begins a search of his own. As the police investigate, lies begin to unravel and secrets begin to be uncovered. Someone’s lying, but who?

This was my first book by J.T. Ellison and it will definitely not be my last. I just want to note that I am soooo happy that Mira Books did not compare this to Gone Girl. However, this book kept me guessing until almost the very end. I really encourage you to pick this one up if you are looking for something original, but sinister.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy; it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here.

12 thoughts on “Dennis Reviews Best Day Ever & Lie To Me”

  1. I loved LIE TO ME! WHAT A GREAT NOVEL by a brilliant author J T Ellison. I’ve already bought her last novel and can’t wait to read it! I’ve also purchased: BEST DAY EVER after reading your review.

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    1. omg it was nuts! I really loved the perspective of the book and hope to find more like that. Some argue that it went a little too slow, but I really enjoyed seeing through the eyes of a sociopath!

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