The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense

The Book of Lost Fragrances - M.J. Rose To see my full review, go to my blog: http://the-bookaholic.blogspot.comThe Book of Lost Fragrances touches your senses immediately from the first page. I was drawn into this story within the pages of scents and sounds and sights through the author’s wondrous and detailed descriptions immediately and found myself intrigued from the start. The subject matter was not light though, I admit, as it touches on mythology, past-life regression and reincarnation, ancient history, Tibet’s turmoil with China, and suspense. I felt this is not something you might want if you’re just looking for “light and fast” reading--though I did read through this quickly because I was very engaged in the plot. M.J. Rose knows how to write in a way that appeals to readers’ senses. Descriptions and details are smooth, sensuous, and vivid.It did start a little slow for me, but it didn’t take long before it began to pick up. The parts I enjoyed most were the historical flashbacks and Jac’s perspective. This brings me to a few minor nitpicks that I found bothersome--there are many characters in this novel. I found it a struggle sometimes to keep up with everyone, and even harder when the points of views were constantly switched to them to show what was going on in their end during the events. It just came across very complicated---though very well written and suspenseful. In the end, everything did tie up together and seemed quite nicely done. I love the idea. I would love to search into my own past lives. It’s an interesting storyline and that’s why I picked to read it. It didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Mystery and intrigue, romance and suspense--The Book of Lost Fragrances can make you intoxicated. 3.5 stars!