The Book of Lost Fragrances
370 ebook pages
Publisher: Atria Books
You can read the Goodreads summary here.
So, this was the first book I've ever read by M.J. Rose. I have The Hypnotist and I'm planning on getting that to that someday, but when I saw The Book of Lost Fragrances on NetGalley I knew from the description that I had to read it. It sounded so intriguing!
Jac grew up in France with her brother Robbie, heirs to their family's perfume historic perfume house, the House of L'Etoile, but she moves to America after her mother's suicide. Back in France, Robbie discovers something in the family archives and then goes missing, so Jac is back in France trying to solve the mystery and find her brother.
This book had so many interesting aspects - vivid descriptions of different fragrances, reincarnation and past lives, Tibetan monks and their art, very interesting stuff, especially all mixed together. To that end, I really liked the author's note at the end of the novel that explained the fact from fiction.
Three stars! Unfortunately, by the end of the book I was getting bored and just wanted it to be over. I would recommend this book for readers who like mysteries like The Da Vinci Code; the book didn't have anything to do with secret societies, but it had that same kind of historical mystery vibe.
The Book of Lost Fragrances will be out March 13th.