The Da Vinci Code is the fourth book by the famous author Dan Brown and it is also the sequel to Angels and Demons, an amazing book! Most of the book’s setting is in the Louvre Museum, Paris, France and the descriptions of Paris is so amazing it made me want to go there right that instant while reading it!
The story begins in the Louvre, when a monk of Opus Dei named Silas apprehends Jacques Saunière, the museum’s curator, and demands to know the location of something which apparently only the museum curator knows. After Jacques tells him, Silas shoots him and leaves him to die; unaware that Jacques had lied about the location of the mystery object. Realizing that he has only a few minutes to live and that he must pass on his important secret, the curator leaves a code (a line of numbers and two lines of text) on the ground in invisible ink.
This brings in the famous Harvard professor of Symbology – Robert Langdon into the picture. He is called by a police detective Jerome Collet, who asks him to come to the Louvre to try and interpret the murder scene. What he doesn’t realize is that he himself is suspected of the murder.
After murdering the curator, Silas calls someone called the ‘Teacher’ and tells him that according to Saunière, the item he asked about is in the Church of Saint-Sulpice in Paris. He is sent there by the teacher and after following the curator’s clues he realizes that he has been tricked. Meanwhile…
Sophie Neveu, an agent of cryptology, who is also the granddaughter of Jacques Saunière, arrives at the crime scene and tells Langdon that he must call the American embassy, by handing a number. But, when Langdon calls the number handed to him, he reaches her answering service and the message warns Langdon that he is in imminent danger and should meet Sophie in the bathroom at the Louvre.
The reason why Langdon is suspected of this murder is not as shocking as the important secret Saunière died protecting and the identity of the ‘Teacher’. According to me, I think this book was fantastic!!! The numerous plot twists and the grip it has on readers is unfathomable! I highly suggest reading this book, but make sure it is after you read Angels and Demons!