Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sigmund Brouwer's The Canary List ~ Reviewed
The Canary List: A Novel
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 21, 2011)
Protected by the dark of night, Jaimie Piper runs. But is anywhere safe when Evil is hunting you?
She’s just a twelve year-old girl, bumped around between foster homes and relegated to school classes for challenged kids, those lagging in their test scores or with behavioral issues. But her real problem is that she can sense something the other kids can’t—something dark. Something compelling her to run for her life.
All Crockett Grey wants is to mark the anniversary of his daughter’s death alone.
But when his student Jaimie comes to him, terrified, her need for protection collides with his grief, and a tangled web of bizarre events sends them both spiraling toward destruction.
Crockett’s one hope of getting his life back is to uncover the mysterious secrets of Jaimie’s past and her strange gift. It isn’t long before his discoveries lead him to a darker conspiracy, secrets guarded by the highest seat of power in the world—the Vatican.
An intriguing premise that begins with a poor foster child who is just seeking peace and some understanding adult help. As circumstances warp into worst case scenarios for all involved, the story explodes into a cat and mouse nightmare for an innocent teacher who just was doing what teachers are supposed to do. Care about kids.
The subject matter won't appeal to a broad range of readers as it covers child endangerment, child pornography, suicide, kidnapping and Satanism.
Those who love conspiracy novels and twists and turns might want to give this a shot. I can't say I loved it, but, it was a compelling read with some creepy residual shadows that feel almost a touch too real for comfort.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer