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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margot Berwin Narrator: Margot Berwin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780385363426
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In her best-selling debut, Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire, Margot Berwin brought us to the rain forests of Mexico—to a land of shamans, spirit animals, and snake charmers—in the search for nine rare and valuable plants. Now, with her hotly anticipated second novel, Berwin takes us somewhere darker: deep into the bayous of Louisiana, to a world of fortune-tellers, soothsayers, and potent elixirs. Scent of Darkness is a magical, seductive story about the power of scent, and about what happens when a perfume renders a young woman irresistible.
Evangeline grows up understanding the extraordinary effects of fragrance. Her grandmother Louise is a gifted aromata, a master of scent-making and perfume. When Eva was a girl, Louise carefully explained that lavender under her pillow would make her dream of the man she would marry; eucalyptus would make her taller; almandine, fatter; and jasmine, Louise promised, would wrap her life in a mystery. When Eva is eighteen, Louise leaves her the ultimate gift—a scent created just for her. The small perfume vial is accompanied by a note in Louise’s slanted script: “Do not remove the stopper, Evangeline, unless you want everything in your life to change.”
From the moment Eva places a drop—the essence of fire, leather, rose, and jasmine—on her neck, men dance closer to her, women bury their noses deep into her hair, even the cats outside her bedroom cry to be near her. After a lifetime spent blending into the background, Eva is suddenly the object of intense desire to everyone around her. Strangers follow her down the street; a young boy appears at her door asking for a favor; and two men, one kind and good, the other dark and seductive, fall deeply, madly in love with her. As her greatest gift becomes an unbearable curse, Eva must uncover the secret of her scent and the message her grandmother, the woman who loved her most, wanted to tell her.
A bewitching tale of love, blood, power, and magic, Scent of Darkness is a wildly inventive novel that will seduce the reader’s every sense. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Buy this pungent romance for your niece’s graduation, then try to look innocent when she elopes with the postman.”

    Washington Post

  • “Berwin captures New Orleans’ mystical juju perfectly.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Thoroughly engrossing.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Berwin’s prose is poetic and measured, and her enchanting novel will leave readers searching for a scent of their own.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/5/2014

    " Had some really beautiful passages but I thought the climax was lacking "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/31/2014

    " I wish I could give this zero stars. I hate not finishing a book that I've started which is why I stuck with this even though I was bored to tears. Please pass this one up... It's pointless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/7/2014

    " This book transported me to another world. Berwin's writing tantalizes all the senses and uses magical realism to breathe life into the story of Eva and her mysterious scent. The dark pull of New Orleans practically permeates the whole book. Toward the end, the story gets a little macabre and the answer to Eva's search leaves me wondering about the futility of her story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keisha Frantom | 11/25/2013

    " The summary was intriguing and the setting of the story in New Orleans was unique but overall I didn't care for the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darci | 9/10/2013

    " I liked the story idea - that it was unusual, creative. Without giving away too much, I thought the book would have been better if the effect of the scent was not so extreme. I also agree with one of the previous reviews that it was difficult to like and/or relate to the main male characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Thompson | 8/1/2013

    " Very interesting. Very original. I wonder what happens to Eva and Levon. I must read her previous novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimba (Caffeinated Book Reviewer) | 7/15/2013

    " review to post shortly "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charla | 7/6/2013

    " Not nearly as good as her first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 6/16/2013

    " A full review can be found on my blog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekka Middleton | 3/13/2013

    " Outside my normal book choice but I really enjoyed this read. "

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About the Author
Author Margot Berwin

Margot Berwin is the author of the bestselling novel Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages. She earned her MFA from the New School in 2005 and lives in New York City.