Written by Patrick Suskind in 1985, ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer’ is one of my favorite books. Originally published in German, this story is masterfully built and the main character makes your skin crawl.
Set in 18th century France, Perfume relates the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, “one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages”.
Born lacking a personal odour but endowed with an incomparable sense of smell, he apprentices himself to a perfumer and becomes obsessed with procuring the perfect scent that will make him fully human. In the process, he creates perfumes that powerfully manipulate human emotions, murdering 25 girls to take their scent.
Murder, lust and evil. What more could you ask for in a novel?
ps: the movie is NOTHING compared to the book, read it first!