The winner of the 1987 World Fantasy Award, Patrick Suskind's Perfume is an extremely creepy book. It tells the story of the odious Grenouille, a bastard born with a miraculous sense of smell. With this gift, Grenouille becomes a great perfumer, but, when he stumbles upon a young girl with an incomparably beautiful scent, his ambition becomes to steal the scent from the girl. And thereby lies a tale of murder and mayhem.
This book reminded me of the experience I have when I watch Criminal Minds on television. The story is great and I enjoy it, but I never want to go straight to bed afterward. Perfume left me with the same feeling of unease, but it was a very well written novel.