Review: Perfect Days




A twisted young medical student kidnaps the girl of his dreams and embarks on a dark and delirious road trip across Brazil in the English-language debut of Brazil’s most celebrated young crime writer.

Teo Avelar is a loner. He lives with his paraplegic mother and her dog in Rio de Janeiro, he doesn’t have many friends, and the only time he feels honest human emotion is in the presence of his medical school cadaver—that is, until he meets Clarice. She’s almost his exact opposite: exotic, spontaneous, unafraid to speak her mind. An aspiring screenwriter, she’s working on a screenplay called Perfect Days about three friends who go on a road trip across Brazil in search of romance. Teo is obsessed.

He begins to stalk her, first following her to her university, then to her home, and when she ultimately rejects him, he kidnaps her and they embark upon their very own twisted odyssey across Brazil, tracing the same route outlined in her screenplay. Through it all, Teo is certain that time is all he needs to prove to Clarice that they are made for each other, that time is all he needs to make her fall in love with him. But as the journey progresses, he digs himself deeper and deeper into a pit that he can’t get out of, stopping at nothing to ensure that no one gets in the way of their life together. Both tense and lurid, and brimming with suspense from the very first page, Perfect Days is a psychological thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley—a chilling journey in the passenger seat with a psychopath, and the English language debut of one of Brazil’s most deliciously dark young writers.

Rating: 5 stars


The Perfect Days by Raphael Montes is one super edgy, dark, and twisted read. Readers won’t find another novel quite like this one. A brilliantly well-written story that sets readers on one of the most dangerous paths ever known. The plot is fast-paced, intriguing, and suspenseful. Raphael Montes keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The atmosphere of this novel will haunt readers for a long time. Absolutelty loved reading this book. A novel that contains so many twists and turns is one that readers can’t miss. A powerful thriller that readers will keep reading over and over again. I can definitely see this stunning novel turned into a big motion picture. The scenes will captivate readers and blow them away.

Raphael Montes has created a read this is scary and enticing. A story that drags you deep and doesn’t let go of you until the end. The Perfect Days is a dark tale featuring a woman who is kidnapped by a stalker turned pyscopath. Their journey together will leave readers feeling a chill done their spines and goosebumps on their arms. I highly suggest reading this novel during the day time. Almost as haunting as the Chucky doll movies…sinister…evil and dark. If you love horror, suspense, and pyschological thrillers then this is definitely for you. Overall, I loved it. I highly recommend this bone chilling novel to readers everywhere.

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