Scent of Darkness

Scent of Darkness

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Evangeline is eighteen years old when her grandmother gives her the ultimate gift, a scent she has created just for her. From the moment Eva places a drop on her neck, her entire life changes. Previously unnoticed, she becomes the object of intense desire for everyone around her. Men dance close to her; women dip their noses deep into her hair; even the cats outside her bedroom cry to be near her. Gabriel, the quiet student Eva has admired from afar, falls head-over-heels in love with her. But soon the gift begins to control Eva's life: strangers follow her around, sniffing and touching her at every turn. When Eva meets Michael, an artist who barely registers her smell, Eva wonders if he is the one person who can love her for herself. Or is her scent impossible to escape?
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307907523
030790752X
Characteristics: 220 p. ; 24 cm.

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Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

This novel follows Evangeline, a young woman who is very close to her grandmother, not so much to her mother. She travels from her home in New York City to her grandmother's home in the nearby mountains whenever she isn't in school. Her grandmother is a creator of perfumes and when she passes she leaves Evangeline not only her home, but the gift of a scent created just for her. The scent is a powerful one, driving everyone who sees it to want her, and while it brings Evangeline the man she desires, it also attracts a man who is very dangerous to her. As Evangeline searches for the secrets of the scent she is drawn to her fate, and to a woman who assists her in unravelling it and giving her a new responsibility.
This was an interesting book, but Evangeline seemed older than her years and experience would make her for me. Remembering that the events here only happened within a few months following her eighteenth birthday, her thoughts and comments seem too mature at times. Also I didn't connect with her emotionally, as she always seemed too analytical even in her intense relationships.

ChristchurchLib Apr 15, 2013

"Bequeathed an original fragrance designed just for her by her perfumer grandmother, 18-year-old Evangeline becomes an object of intense desire to the men, women and even pets around her and eventually wonders if a lonely artist who does not register her scent may be the only person who loves her for herself. By the best-selling author of Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=622464

hgeng63 Mar 01, 2013

Banal....Thought this was going to be like Patrick Susskind's Perfume. It is not.

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