The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“I could smell her perfume, sultry and deep, too loud for such a small space. “Poison,” Victoria said, shooting me a knowing smile. “What?” Fisher said, turning.
“It’s a fragrance, circa 1985,” she explained. “It got completely cheapened later, but the vintage stuff is still striking.” She paused, sniffing lightly, ticking off scents on her fingers. “Plum, coriander, and opoponax. “What?” “It’s a myrrh.”
One of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks, this one sounded like a dark horse. But let me tell you, I was totally swept away. Exquisitely written, this atmospherically aromatic! Beautiful poetic writing and a journey into the unchartered world of scent hooked me from the start. Emmeline’s complex relationship with her parents adds a flair of family drama. But mostly, it was the writing. With shades of The Great Alone and Where the Crawdads Sing, this is one not to miss. Five stars.