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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  26 reviews
" eye-opening adventure that touched me deeply...this powerful story continues to resonate in my heart long after the last page was turned." -New York Times #1 best-selling author Cheryl Richardson The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice, Amy Logan's controversial debut novel - over a decade in the making - is a women's thriller about the search for the divine feminine and th ...more
Paperback, 1st, 268 pages
Published March 8th 2012 by Priya Press (first published March 5th 2012)
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Amy Logan
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my debut novel! I worked very hard on this book for over a decade so I feel like a proud mama who just gave birth! I wanted to find out the origins of honor killing in the Middle East -- the deep why behind these murders of women and girls. I couldn't find the answers I longed for so I researched across many disciplines, traveled to places where it occurs and stayed in the homes of people who condone this practice. I slowly built a theory as a fictional story began to take shape inside m ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice American journalist Fereby McCullough Jones investigates the killing of a woman in the Druze community of Israel who had become her friend. Reviews of this book often remark that life for Druze women is so terrible, but they don't get the larger point that author Amy Logan is making.

We like to think that honor killing is something that happens in other countries, and in cultures other than our own. In first world cultures, honor is considered an old fashioned c
Aileen Lundeen
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The cover almost kept me from reading this book. I checked this book out from my local liabrary. Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice touches on two subjects that are very important to me. There is a thread of the divine feminine throughout this story, and an insightful view into the plight of women in the middle east. I am recommending this book to my women friends.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Honor killings--suicide bombers. I couldn't put this book down. An American journalist in Israel, who becomes enmeshed in her friend's murder. I learned a great deal about Middle Eastern beliefs rooted in ancient traditions, and I think Logan is well researched. Great read! ...more
Dawn Gross
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone but especially people feeling persecuted or inhibited to fully self express
Recommended to Dawn by: Dan Howard
Absolute page turner filled with wisdom and beauty in the midst of terror. A brave articulation of quests for freedom of expression which are both troubling and daring and universally relevant.
Valerie Robbins
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book, recommended by a book club member and friend of the author's brought much needed attention to an often overlooked tragedy, the abuse of women in the form of honor killings. From the first page I was engaged. The author's background in journalism lent itself to an action-filled, informative and vibrant storyline. I did find myself, however, wishing for a bit of editing of some scenes that felt either unnecessarily fleshed out or trailing a bit (perhaps into the author's own belief syst ...more
Kelly Perkins
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Logan's, Seven Perfumes of Sacrafice, tears streaming from my face as I closed the cover. Logan's story touched me deeply as a woman, mother and human being, like few books ever have. Her writing is flawless, eliquently woven into an amazing fictional story, however representing true to life scenes of horror women face in other countries... I'm a avid reader, and won't continue reading a book if it doesn't grab me from the first 50 pages; Logan's book is one of those you ...more
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite librarian recommended this book to me, as I seem to gravitate toward books where the plight of women is at the forefront of the story. The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice taught me so much about honor killings, about what it is to be female in a part of the world that is so far removed from my comfortable life in NY where women have equal rights and many opportunities, one being able to openly express herself in art. This book broke my heart, for Leila, for the silence around her killing ...more
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I did not like the author's style--which was flat--and I got really tired of the meddling and impulsive Fereby and found Leila's life story less than believable. The investigation into honor and shame in Druze society was interesting, and I loved some of the more minor characters (like Moshe)but otherwise I was disappointed in this book which I had hoped to recommend to my book group but found way too tedious to do so. ...more
Tamara Ward
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice isn't just a whodunit with plot twists and ever-increasing peril. The novel makes the reader think, and it sticks with you. If you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, try this novel! I'm certainly recommending it to my friends. ...more
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book on my kindle and couldn't put it down, it was a fantastic story about Honour killing, something I had never read about before. Sad story but very compelling. For a first book for the author it was great congratulations to Amy Logan. ...more
Debbie Thurlo
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Well written and totally compelling. ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. A must read for both men and women alike.
Sandra Kovac
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Haunting and profoundly important.
Marilyn Terhune-Young
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating and terrifying look into the practice of honor killing of women in some cultures of the middle-east. once I started it, I couldn't put it down. easy to read and gripping. ...more
Potsdam Public Library
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: patron
Excellent! One of the best reads in a ling time. Couldn't put it down! ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this book was fantastic. a really haunting dive into the world of honor killings in the middle east. maybe one of my new favorite genres is international women's thrillers? ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This powerful book explores the tragic practice of "honor killing" -- murder of female family members for straying beyond the boundaries of what their male relatives consider honorable -- by telling of an American woman's search for her missing Muslim friend. Part history-of-patriarchal-religion lesson and part mystery novel, THE SEVEN PERFUMES OF SACRIFICE is 100 percent important reading all around the world, where this barbaric practice occurs with shocking regularity even today. A must-read! ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this through the GoodReads Giveaway.

This is such a beautiful, sad, hopeful book. I admit that I was a little apprehensive to start reading it because I already have my own feelings regarding the free pass to murder via honor killing.

I greatly enjoy books that go to other lands and investigate other cultures or religions especially when they are in the form of fiction.

Our main character, a free-lance journalist, is pulled of a bus by her young Druze friend Laila. Fereby, the journali
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Exciting and well worth the turns and twists to find out what happens to the main character, Leila. One of the reasons I liked this book so much: the blurred line between reality and fiction reflected through Ms. Logan's well written portrayal of Leila. At times, I forgot this was a work of fiction and wanted to know more about who Leila was.

"The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice" winds you around Leila's fascinating double life while weaving you into a better understanding of how some cultures value
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
My first time through this disturbing book I got sick of the apparent reality of the shocking lot of Druze women. I packed in reading half-way and gave it a one-star rating. A bit like an Oxfam emergency crisis appeal, it's not much fun and, hang on a minute, I'm reading for pleasure/leisure here!
The realness is so intense that I find it hard to believe that it's a novel. Disappointingly there is no explanation at the end to tell us whether there is truth in any of it, barring the very lifelike
Stephanie Hayes
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well written, very informative, kind of devastating. The only thing that prevented me from giving it 5 stars was the romantic story between the narrator and Fadi. It seemed tacked on to me, and not really necessary. Overall I liked it a lot, and devoured it in a day and a half. It's a first novel, so look forward to more from this author. ...more
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
good enough first novel about honor killings.
better for young adult lit. fast read. some dialogue overdone
to explain story and characters, plot.
doesn't read as an adult book.
author is good enough, and main strength is description of
places and objects. written in first person. could be better
if dialogue built upon potential suspense.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I wanted to give it two stars, but I can't stop thinking about it. Overall, I didn't really care for the style of writing. I was so thankful for the introduction of Moshe because Fereby was on my last f***ing nerve. I do agree with one of the other reviews that said it read like a YA novel. It felt more YA than chick lit or murder mystery/whodunit. ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
It was slow at times however the ending was really good. Very interesting to read about honour killings and how fortunate women are in the Western World.
Michelle Levy silverman
Jul 20, 2013 marked it as didn-t-finish
I wanted to want to finish it. It just didn't grab me. ...more
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Amy Logan studied creative writing with Booker Prize finalist Arnost Lustig, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor and National Book Award finalist Andre Dubus III and attended the 2006 and 2008 Squaw Valley Fiction Writers Workshops. Her writing and/or photography has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, Vegetarian Time ...more

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