I picked this book up at Chapters sadly in the bargain bin for $7CDN. Truthfully the cover attracted me along with the title obviously. The book is set in WWI and is about a woman by the name of Francesca Hatton whose parents were killed in a car crash while in Canada when she was a child. She is adopted by her grandfatther, Francis Hatton who also has adopted the five children of his other son who died in an unmentionable situation. Her five cousins are sent off to war and all five are reported as killed in action. First her cousin Simon (the warrior) then Robin (the practical one), Freddy (the musician), Peter (the engineer) and finally Harry (the charmer). Finally her grandfather suffers a stroke and falls into a state of destitution. With his granddaughter by his side, Francis Hatton finally passes on leaving his entire estate to her along with all of his problems and grudges that were held against him.
You know hype really is just that, something people use to make the object sound better and create a stir among people to be interested in it. The Da Vinci Code while well written was just hype to me really. After reading all of Dan Brown’s other works, I found The Da Vinci Code easy to read and it was easy to solve the riddles left behind by the Grand Master iin the story. I was pages ahead of the main characters, Dr. Robert Langdon (from Angels & Demons) and Sophie Neveu. Not to make myself sound all powerful and intelligent, but it was very easy to decipher the codes it was all about reading into the lines more and reading the correct lines. A good book overall, fun to read, but I personally think that Angels & Demons should be the book made into a major motion picture even if just for the controversial concepts inside.