I am ashamed I haven’t read this book sooner; it was so good that I have been on a book hangover ever since I finished it. The Da Vinci Code follows Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology from America who was giving a lecture in Paris and that evening is contacted by a detective to help solve a mysterious murder. The victim is the curator of the Louvre museum, and his body is aligned in an odd way with a code above his head. Robert Langdon has to work out this mystery before he is placed behind bars for the murder. It isn’t long before he has enlisted the help of Sophie Neveu, the late curator’s grand-daughter and a search across churches, monuments and three countries entails.
This is a fast-paced, exciting read, a real page-turner and a book like nothing I have read before. I can remember when this book first came out and passing people in the school corridor reading it, I kept saying I would get round to reading it but over ten years later and I finally picked up the book.
I really liked Robert Langdon’s character as he was unbelievably smart and intriguing. Paired with Sophie who was intelligent and raised by her grandfather to solve puzzles, cryptics and recognise symbols, the book was filled with interesting characters to keep a reader intrigued from start to finish. As well as this, the character base increases with more complex characters such as an albino monk who sets out to complete the work of those above him and in the name of God. This plot really does have it all.
The depth of the plot was the most gripping as it uncovers some Vatican truths whilst tapping into historical figures and their significance. There is a lot of knowledge in this book and some very well thought out twists and turns, intertwined with real places in Paris and London not to mention real historical figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Victor Hugo. As I read this book I couldn’t help but beat myself up for not visiting all the places mentioned in the book when in Paris or London but then again there’s always next time.
Despite having seen the movie numerous times I was still addicted to this book, I was reading it from the minute I got through the door from work to the very second my eyes were closing in bed. Each chapter leaves you wanting more and jumps from one character to another making you want to read on to get to the next part. As the saying goes the book is better than the movie but I have to say that the movie was very well done. The ending does differ and I do prefer the ending in the book as I feel it has more sustenance with regards to the plot and the characters.
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads and I have to be honest that after finishing this book it made me question the other ‘fives’ I have given out over the years because this book for me really was the whole package. I am hoping to start reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown over the next few days and I am hoping it will have the same addictive affect. Many people have told me in some ways it is even better than The Da Vinci Code and if this is the case I may have a few all-nighters ahead of me.