5/31/11

The Canary List

I received an advance reader copy of The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer from Waterbrook Press to review. I was very excited to read it as the description on the back of the book explains that one of the major characters is a young girl in foster care, and I have a heart for at-risk children.  The book actually starts with a short scene of two other children being abused, then moves on to Jaimie, the foster child.  Jaimie senses that Evil is trying to get her, and one night she runs to the home of her teacher, Crockett Grey, for help.  Grey tries to help the best he can, but the police take him into custody the next day and find planted evidence further incriminating him.  Through a series of crazy events, Crockett ends up in Rome with Jaimie and her psychologist where they confront some of the Evil that Jaimie senses.  Where they find the evil, how the Vatican is involved in all of Grey's problems, and what all of it has to do with a young girl are all questions dealt with along the way.
As it was an ARC, there were many errors in spelling and grammar that I am sure will be corrected prior to printing the final edition.  It was a quick read.  The characters were well developed, although I would have liked a little more about Jaimie.  This conspiracy suspense is fast-paced with lots of twists and surprises.  I love the title and how it works into the story.  Overall, The Canary List is a well-written and interesting book.

For a sneak peak at The Canary List, you can read the first chapter at Waterbrook Multnomah.

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