For a bestselling author, Dan Brown gets an awful lot of bad press. Everyone seems to have an opinion to express about his writing style and plots (mostly how dreadful they think they are). But here’s the thing: generally I’ve found his books to be pretty enjoyable page-turners. They may not be particularly literary, but let’s be honest, a lot of thrillers are written in a similar style.

With that in mind, and having read all of the previous books in the series, I decided I really wanted to read the latest Robert Langdon thriller Origin. The novel is set in Spain and follows the protagonist as he looks to uncover the mystery behind the assassination of his friend Edmond Kirsch, just as Kirsch is about to reveal a secret to the world that he believes will end religion for good. What follows is Brown’s usual mix of secret codes, hidden assassins and shadowy figures, leading to a final twist.

So what did I think of it? Well, I wasn’t overly impressed to be honest. It was slow to start, the action not kicking in until around half way through the book. And I’d figured out the twist well in advance of it happening. There were some good bits; the scenes in the Sagrada Familia were fast paced and exciting, and met the expectations I’d had for this book. Unfortunately they didn’t make up for the plot holes, or the slow start.

Better than Inferno but not as good as the earliest Robert Langdon books, this is probably one I won’t read again.


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