Book Review: Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

Book: Perfect Days by Raphael Montes – published by Penguin Press, hardcover edition, 272 pages.

Synopsis: 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.

My thoughts: This book was creepy in all the right ways. I picked it up on the recommendation of Kirstie from Melbourne On My Mind (one of my favourite booktubers), and was not disappointed. I managed to read it over the span of a couple of days (during yet another failed readathon attempt *sad trumpet*), and was completely captivated by the story the entire time.

I love stories like this, psychopath obsession/kidnap scenarios are my jam and I don’t care how much of a creep that makes me. I’ve heard people compare this book to You by Caroline Kepnes, but to me they were very different. The overall vibe of this book seemed a lot darker and more chilling to me, although Teo and Joe could both easily be classified as narcissistic psychopaths.

I have to admit, some points of the story made me feel physically ill but I don’t want to go into too much detail because #spoilers. I enjoyed the twists and turns along the way, and I honestly had no idea how the story would end. This is definitely worth picking up if you like books about obsession, stalking, kidnap, or just want something a bit creepy to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.

Rating: 8/10

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