Perfect Days is easily the creepiest book I’ve ever read, made all the more terrifying and sinister for being told from the perspective of Teo, a loner who’s favorite human interaction is with a cadaver he’s nicknamed Gertrude. I’m no professional, but I’m fairly certain he’d be classified as a psychopath of the most extreme sort. And believe me when I say, Teo’s mind is one twisted, disturbing place to be. Lovers of frightening crime fiction will not want to miss this one! Those who are easily squeamish need not apply.
After meeting Clarice at a barbecue, Teo can think of little else. He quickly becomes fixated, going out of his way to find out as much as he can about her: where she lives, goes to school, who she hangs out with. And when it becomes clear that Clarice is not reciprocating his feelings, the only logical thing to do (in Teo’s mind, anyway), is to kidnap her and go on a road trip with the purpose of persuading her to love him back. And as it very soon becomes clear, Teo is willing to do pretty much anything to ensure that nothing and no one comes between them.
One of the best things about this book is that, as straightforward as it sounds (no matter how creepy), there are some massive plot twists that you never see coming and an ending that is still giving me chills. All the while, you’re immersed in Teo’s frightening thoughts as he methodically assesses every situation and calculates his next move in a nerve-wracking way that is sure to make you squirm.
It’s a fairly quick read but, full disclosure, I had to take it in small doses – that’s how skeeved out I was. Is it for everyone? Most definitely not. But if macabre, suspenseful crime novels with unparalleled tension are your thing, then it doesn’t get much better than Montes’ unnerving tale of the world’s most sinister road trip.