What you feel is infatuation. It’s an illness, an obsession. It’s anything but love.
On the last page of this book, there was the Author’s Acknowledgement in which he said: “…….Finally, I would like to thank my mother. She was quite shocked after reading Suicides and asked, “Why do you write about such violent things? Try to write a love story.” Perfect Days is the result of her request.”
Hahahahaa!! LOLOLOLOL! Okay no comments. Let’s read on and start from the beginning!
#NadirasPointOfReview: Perfect Days by Raphael Montes.
Synopsis: Teo is a twisted young medical student. He lives with his paraplegic mother and her dog. His best friend is Gertrude – a corpse. He meets Clarice, an aspiring screenwriter and who is his exact opposite. He stalks her, follows her and finally kidnaps her and goes on a dark and delirious road trip across Brazil, stopping by on all those places Clarice has been writing about. This is a translated English-language debut of Brazil’s most celebrated young crime writer Raphael Montes.
- Relatively short book. Easy writing.
- Keeps you guessing and maintains a steady pace throughout.
- The unique dwarf hotel and island resort they go to is so visually vivid – would love to see it on screen!
- The ending was unpredictable and you couldn’t have reached that conclusion to the book.
- Entertaining but not your usual crime thriller.
- What the hell happened in this book!
- Every single page I flipped, I kept thinking this is NOT happening.
- It was so unrealistic. I still cant believe we were supposed to believe this story.
- Nauseatic details. Reminded me of Lolita and coincidentally Lolita is referenced later in the book as well!!
- Very rushed ending.
- No thrill factor in this thriller. Just a story.
Bottom Line: Something is definitely amiss in this crime/psychological thriller. Just because there is a Psycho and a Murder put inside a story – doesn’t make it a Thriller. Referring to the author’s acknowledgement earlier – nope, this cant be a love story! Yikes! His poor mom! LOL!
My Rating: 3- stars ⭐⭐⭐.