But you should read Dante’s Inferno. But that’s not what this post is about. It is about my disappointment after picking up Inferno (2013) by Dan Brown with enthusiasm. I expected it to be a fun, light read that I would enjoy, as I have appreciated some of Brown’s other books. But I did not enjoy this one. Not at all.
It is another Robert Langdon book, and although the need for a symbologist in any international criminal situation is doubtful, this time the situation is so hard to believe that it was corny. And as a reader, I wasn’t sure what was really going on for the first few chapters, as Robert had amnesia and he didn’t know either. The situation seems exciting, for there are apparent bullet wounds, police chases, and even the need for disguise, but it all falls flat.
For the most part, Brown writes in clichés and passive voice, making the narrative difficult to find engaging. It was worthy of an eye roll every other sentence, “he squared his jaw,” “she instinctively…” Blah blah blah.
Additionally, Brown’s character descriptions are boring and simple. The female character, Sienna Brooks, is constantly described as having a blonde ponytail. That is apparently the only notable thing about her. Other characters are the man with the cold eyes, the heavy man with the rash, the tall professor, and the woman with the silver hair. There is no character development, just trite description.
So no, I did not enjoy this book and I wouldn’t recommend it. The only reason I kept reading was so I could post about it! I would say the last third of the book did get more exciting and I had more of a good time reading it, but overall I was bored. I’m not the only one who feels this way. A quick glance at the reviews of Inferno on Goodreads will prove that.