This book was a lot like a dark and twisted fairy tale, of a villain so evil that he wasn't at all. The main character in this book has a super-sense of smell and no odor to him at all. He embarks to discover to how make and capture scents of anything (and everything) and when he smells the perfect scent (a young virgin), he decides to try to create that scent, which, unfortunately, robs several young girls of their lives.
It's an interesting take on how much scent really does matter, and taken to an extreme, how it could possibly affect people.
The book was pretty evenly paced, except for a couple of really slow and boring sections, and ended bizarrely.
This is one of the rare books where the movie and the book match very well, in terms of plot, meaning, and pacing.
I have to give kudos to the translation - I would have never guessed that it was not originally a novel written in English.