Book Review: Perfume by Patrick Suskind

suskindI decided to read Perfume by Patrick Süskind, based off of several recommendations from fellow readers. As the subtitle reveals, Perfume is indeed the story of a murderer, a young French psychopath, surnamed Grenouille. Born in the 1700s with a superhuman sense of smell, Grenouille masters the art of perfume-making and capturing odors. But when he comes upon the torturous, powerful scent of beautiful young maidens, Grenouille finds no way to recapture their scent but to murder them, and crudely extract the odor from their bodies. This is a dark story with graphic content.