World-famous museum curator Jacques Saunière has been found dead in the Louvre Museum of Paris. After taking a bullet to his stomach, he has had 15 minutes left to live. And when he died, a 2,000-year-old secret would have been lost forever. To save one of the deepest secrets of the world, he created a series of strange codes that lead to the truth.
At the same time, Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor on a trip to Paris, is having an uneventful journey until one night, the police take him to the scene of the crime. He is mystified by what he sees and gains several leads, but suddenly, he realizes that he is the main suspect. With the help of Sophie Neveu, a French cryptologist, he escapes and attempts to decipher the clues. However, he finds obstacles at every turn and everything seems to be acting against him. In the end, if Langdon cannot solve the riddle on time, the secret will be lost forever.
I found this to be a very good novel, quite different than anything I have read before. The plot is both intricate and easy to follow, and the different characters are developed very well. The twists and turns keep the audience at the edge of its seat, waiting to discover what happens at the end. The suspense is very well done, and the story gives enough information to the readers so that they can form their own ideas and see if they were correct. Although this is mostly a serious book, there was some humor which increased the quality of this read. Overall, this was an amazing tale, and I would highly recommend it to a friend.
One of the most unbelievable aspects of this book was the use of riddles and codes. The author creates a variety of riddles, puzzles, and anagrams which lead to a long and difficult quest. I was surprised at the creativity and knowledge involved in those clues, which are highly developed and make one ponder over them.
Reviewed by Shivram, Grade 9, Gayton Library