Book Review: The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

Scent Keeper - Cover ArtA review copy of this book was provided by St Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

When I was approached to read this book, I was a little hesitant – I had never really heard of anyone navigating and documenting life via their sense of smell. It struck me as an odd concept and one that might be a little too out there for me, but I decided to give this book a shot anyways. Am I ever glad that I did – beautifully written, The Scent Keeper tells the story of a girl growing up in the strangest of circumstances, all while trying to understand the world around her in large part via her sense of smell.

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.

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