Thank you so much to Get Red PR, Graydon House, an imprint of Harlequin Books, for providing my free copy – all opinions are my own.
From all outward appearances, Paul and Mia Strom have a flawless life. He is a highly successful ad executive and she cares for their two boys in their lavish suburban home. With Paul’s busy job, the two haven’t been able to spend much time alone recently, and so he plans a romantic weekend out of town, including what he hopes will be the best day ever. However, during the car ride to their vacation home, a series of frustrations and provocations are revealed that cause the two to doubt each other, and consequently shakes the foundation of their seemingly picture-perfect marriage.
“I wonder if she is asking me for something, for some understanding. Some type of compassion or empathy. I’m not good at those emotions, or, if we’re being honest, any emotion except anger.”
Rouda did such an excellent job writing this book. It was compelling, fun, darkly delicious, and overall, absolutely brilliant. And that’s not because the main characters are likable or relatable. In fact, they are the opposite, and that’s due to one character in particular, Paul Strom. With Paul you get to know a person who from the outside seems like a great guy but that you would despise if you had any idea what that person was truly thinking. I found myself laughing out loud at some of his thoughts because they were so ludicrous, narcissistic, and ridiculous… how could I not? I’m not even joking when I say you will not like Paul but you will find him interesting, intriguing, creepy, and damn witty. And the epilogue is just perfect.
I loved everything about this book and flew through its pages. I highly recommend this to anyone who doesn’t mind being in the mind of a character you will ABSOLUTELY NOT relate to. Or at least I hope you won’t.
I rate this book 5 / 5 stars! What can I say? I like creepy.