6 Degrees of Separation: Perfume

May 7, 2016 | 6 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

This month, the starting book is the acclaimed Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind, about a man with an absolute sense of smell who becomes obsessed with the smell of murder victims.

When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Deborah Spungen’s autobiography And I Don’t Want to Live This Life: A Mother’s Story of Her Daughter’s Murder. The book chronicles her struggles raising her emotionally disturbed daughter Nancy, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 15. Nancy was found murdered at age 20, allegedly by her boyfriend Sid Vicious, the bassist in the punk rocker band the Sex Pistols. Sid Vicious was charged with second degree murder but died of a heroin overdose before his trial, and is guilt/innocence have been heavily debated.

A Mother’s Trial by Nancy Wright is another true crime novel. It is about a child protection social worker who was diagnosed with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (a disorder that compels mothers to make their children ill) and put on trial for the death of her adopted baby daughter. The third part of the book is titled The Trial.

The Trial is also the title of a book by Franz Kafka. It tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, but the nature of his crime is not revealed to him or to the reader.

The Trial is heavily influenced by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s psychological thriller Crime and Punishment. Some of the themes explored in the book are redemption through suffering and the goodness and evils of humanity.

Punishment by Linden MacIntyre is a novel that explores justice and vengeance, and the peril that ensues when passion replaces reason. It has been nominated for the 2016 OLA Evergreen award, and it’s definitely at the top of my TBR-list.

Another OLA Evergreen nominee (in 2015) is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel. It has been high up on my TBR-list for over a year, but I still haven’t read it.


This time, my chain took me from an acclaimed novel I have no plans to read, to another popular book still on my TBR-list.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.