Monday, January 13, 2020

Seven psychological thrillers with manipulative male narrators

Lisa Levy is a columnist and contributing editor at LitHub and CrimeReads.

At CrimeReads she tagged seven psychological thrillers with manipulative male narrators, including:
Kaira Rouda, Best Day Ever

The narrator of Best Day Ever, Paul Strom, is one of the creepiest protagonists I encountered this year. The novel covers three days in the life of Strom and his wife, Mia, as they travel from their residence in suburban Ohio to their cottage on Lake Erie. Paul promises his wife the best day ever on this trip, but as he narrates their weekend the reader discovers that Paul is not the upright husband, father, and successful ad executive that he pretends to be. He reminisces about his courtship of his wife: “I knew I would do everything in my power to make Mia realize what a catch I was, too. Of course I would succeed, I always do. When you’ve got it, you’ve got it. I’m not bragging, really, I’m just telling you there are some things I’m really good at and this—women—is one of them.” But despite his belief that he has his wife, his sons, and his professional life under control, Paul’s entire existence is going to change over the course of his carefully planned weekend excursion.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Best Day Ever is among Vincent Zandri's top ten affairs that went terribly wrong in true noir fashion.

--Marshal Zeringue