I have had, and continue to have, an obscenely busy schedule of blogging, meeting friends and attending concerts over the first nine days of June (amazing, of course), which does cut down dramatically on my time to read. However today I finished my 31st book of the 2015 Reading Challenge, “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown (#21 A book your mum loves).
My Goodreads Review
“‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown follows Robert Langdon’s second adventure, this time in Paris. Robert is speaking at a conference, and is scheduled to meet Louvre curator Jacques Saunière to discuss Robert’s latest religious/historical manuscript, on which Jacques is an expert, but when Jacques is unexpectedly murdered, and Robert is the number one suspect, he and Saunière’s granddaughter, Sophie Neveu must follow the clues leading to the true killer and the plot to uncover the Holy Grail.
It would be wrong to say this book is fast-paced (with the exception of the final 50-100 pages), but that’s part of the attraction. The reader gets to learn about the supposed Holy Grail (fictionally speaking, of course – many people are opposed to the novel on principle since religious/historical statements are not always true) and the birth of Christianity, which is extremely interesting when intertwined with a thriller-style novel.
The primary characters are strong, and developed, but I felt at times that there were a few too many supporting characters – and on occasion I became confused between different police officers, and different religious individuals (no matter, I got the gist).
The conclusion was fantastic – I didn’t guess the big reveal (either of them in fact) – and I felt content with the outcomes. Whilst I don’t believe the plot was as strong as the first Robert Langdon story, ‘Angels and Demons’, it was still an interesting read.”
I have no doubt that I will continue with Robert Langdon’s third adventure (on that note, he is an incredibly unlucky man to become so involved in kidnappings, murders and threats on his own life – especially for a Professor). I can also appreciate why this novel has been banned in several devout religious countries, but freedom of speech and all that…
#21 A book your mum loves – The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (7/10)
Twenty-six down, twenty-four to go. (Thirty-one read)
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