Perfect Days

Perfect Days

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, [2016]
ISBN: 9781594206405
Branch Call Number: MONTES R
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Entrekin, Alison - Translator


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Jun 11, 2016

Very entertaining thriller. Both the character depth and setting separates it from similar popular novels. You'll read the last 100 pages in one sitting.

KateHillier Apr 04, 2016

When I tell you that the author's notes at the back inform you that it is not only possible to hide a petite woman woman in a rolling suitcase but goes on to tell you that the author has tried it, do consider that your only warning about this book. I have read more disturbing things, certainly more graphically disturbing things, but this one just read a bit more eerie and off balance than most of that other stuff. Also there were parts where events could also be seen as being played for laughs, which helped the general uneasy feeling following you throughout the book.

You experience the book through Teo, a medical student who takes care of his paraplegic mother, who falls in love with a girl who pays him maybe five minutes worth of attention at a barbeque. He decides this lively, aspiring screenwriter is the love of his life and proceeds to stalk and kidnap her because this is totally how you win your intended's affections.

It's that kind of book and Teo is not too different from any other sort of creepy character you've met aside from how utterly methodical and convinced he is that this is the most reasonable way to achieve a goal. I'm more used to characters of his ilk understanding that their methods are wrong and just not caring but Teo just comes to a logical conclusion that this is perfectly fine. That it's all for Clarice's own good. And yes, her name is Clarice.

It's a quick read and really engaging even though you really do not want to spend time in Teo's head. Again, I'm used to way worse but I think what gets you here is how reasonable and matter of fact he is. It's earnestness really in some ways and that's just that much more unsettling.

Mar 30, 2016

Nasty and disturbing but highly readable. Inside the mind of a narcissistic psychopath.


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