When a fire breaks out in the Abbey of Ruac in France, no one expects to discover a medieval book that has been hidden away in there. Unfortunately, the book has sustained damage from the fire, but it’s decided the best thing to do is send it to Hugo Pineau for proper restoration. When he sees the book, he’s beyond intrigued with it because he finds that it’s written in some secret code. Hugo decides to ask Luc Simard, an archaeology professor, to help him break the code. Also in the book, there is a map which leads them to a painted cave which is located close to the abbey. Both men set out on an adventure they can never fully prepare themselves for. Do they find the cave? Why has this book been hidden away all this time?
I really enjoyed this book from the first page. The storyline was truly intriguing and I felt that I was going along with Hugo and Luc while they searched out this painted cave that was shown on the map. At times, I found my heart pounding in my chest and I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering if they’d find the cave and if they did, what would be in it. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it won’t be my last after reading this fantastic standalone story. If you love stories that take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, this is definitely one you should look into. I highly recommend it and I eagerly look forward to seeing what other books might already be available by this author.
From the thriller writer, Glenn Cooper, whose books have sold six million copies and have been top-ten bestsellers, comes a novel which draws on the author’s background in medicine and archaeology to create a riveting page-turner.
Abbey of Ruac, rural France – A medieval script is discovered hidden behind an antique bookcase. Badly damaged, it is sent to Paris for restoration, and there literary historian Hugo Pineau begins to read the startling fourteenth-century text. Within its pages lies a fanciful tale of a painted cave and the secrets it contains – and a rudimentary map showing its position close to the abbey. Intrigued, Hugo enlists the help of archaeologist Luc Simard and the two men go exploring.
When they discover a vast network of prehistoric caves, buried deep within the cliffs, they realize that they’ve stumbled across something extraordinary. And at the very core of the labyrinth lies the most astonishing chamber of all, just as the manuscript chronicled. But as they begin to unlock the ancient secrets the cavern holds, they find themselves at the centre of a dangerous game. One ‘accidental’ death leads to another. And it seems that someone will stop at nothing to protect the enigma of the tenth chamber.