My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First off, you’ve got to love a creepy unreliable narrator and, boy oh boy, is Paul Strom deliciously awful. Beneath his facade of a successful ad executive and father, Paul is a lying, cheating, sociopath that will stop at nothing to get rid of the people who stand in his way. For the first half of the book, I wanted to reach into the pages and tell Mia to grab her sons and run away as fast as she can.
Kaira Rouda deftly tells the story of Paul’s plan for the “best day ever” through his stream of consciousness narration. As he brags more and more about how women love him, how wonderful his life is, and how he is the most successful man ever, the reader gets pulled deeper and deeper into the dark waters of Paul Strom’s narcissism. Even when things start to wrong with his plan, he finds a way to twist the narrative and convince himself that he is the greatest. A great read.
Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of the novel.