The Canary List, by Sigmund Brouwer, is a very interesting book. It begins with Jaimie Piper, a twelve-year-old foster child who is constantly afraid of evil, running away from her foster home due to a visitor that she just cannot trust. She ends up at the home of Crockett Grey, “Mr. G,” her teacher. This begins a multitude of events that land Jaimie in the custody of her therapist and Crockett in jail, framed for several crimes.
In the end, both end up in the Vatican City. Priests tell Crockett that Jaimie is a part of the Canary List, a list of women that can detect demons due to a special condition in their genes, that has been in existence for hundreds of years. They want her to help them identify people with demons that may be trying to become Pope. Both of their lives are in danger, and the situation is continually going downhill.
This was a different type of story than your average mystery. It was fast-paced, constantly moving between characters and situations. I was disappointed, however, that it did not have a more solid Christian message. The focus was on demons and Satanists, and it seemed that almost all of the Catholics in the story were evil. I was also extremely disappointed at the end, when you really don’t know what happens to the characters.
Overall, this was an intriguing book. I would recommend it for adults who like horror type books.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.