Saturday, September 3, 2011
Review: 'The Canary List' by Sigmund Brouwer
From the Publisher:
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.
If you follow my blog, you might realize I received this book some time ago to review. Typically when I receive these books I try to get them read fairly quickly, but upon reading the first few pages I realized this was better read when I wasn't home alone at night. Immediately, we are drawn into the world of the supernatural- demons, satanism and witchcraft to be exact! Some scary stuff, and not at all what I was expecting!! My initial thought was honestly, this book is too weird. Don't get me wrong, I like supernatural fiction- vampires, witchcraft, all that are fine with me. Demons and exorcism, however, are not my first choice and again, not what I was expecting in a Christian fiction! Needless to say, it took me awhile to get into it, but somewhere towards the middle, everything started to make more sense and I started getting more into the story. This put me in mind of books such as 'Da Vinci Code', with their conspiracy theories and coverups within the Catholic church (the author even references to Dan Brown in the final pages). Through most of the book, it seemed to have a bit of an anti-Catholic message, dealing with Satanism and pedophilia within the church. As it went on, I started thinking that perhaps that wasn't the case, as it seemed they were trying to stop such things from happening, but again towards the end with the coverups and lies, I wasn't really sure where it stood. I am not Catholic myself (though my husband is), but I can certainly see where many could be offended, so that is something to keep in mind before reading. Overall, I'd have to say that it wouldn't be my first choice but it's not a horrible book, just very different!
As a side note, I do have to say that there were several typos and grammatical errors that drove me crazy while reading, however, this was an advanced reading copy and I'm sure these were fixed before the final publication!!
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**I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.