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The Collector of Dying Breaths

25 Jan

The connection between alchemy and perfume and the connection between doomed lovers across multiple life times comes to a head in the latest novel by M.J. Rose. Beautifully detailed as the story goes back and forth between 16th century Europe and modern times, I felt an emotional detachment from the characters. While the plot drives this novel, I was not invested in the outcome.  I could see this as the script for a Da Vinci Code type of movie, waiting for some actors to invest these characters with some warmth. Well written, but ultimately not engaging.