The Canary List- Sigmund Brouwer

Leah Courtney
The Canary List: A Novel

The story begins with Jamie Piper, a young girl haunted by evil.  When she runs to her teacher's house for safety, she begins a whole chain of events that lead to false accusations against her teacher, Mr. G, attempts on his life and on that of his neighbor, Nanna, and on Jamie and Mr. G being taken to Rome to the heart of the Vatican to expose evil in high places.  Evil, darkness, suspense, cover up in high places.  Sounds exciting, right?

But, rather disappointing in the follow through. 

First, as I've said before, I don't really like a book that claims to be Christian- published by a Christian publisher- but is vague and noncommittal in its Christian message.  I'd much rather read a book by a non-Christian publisher than to read one that has a watered down "Christian" message.  The Canary List has much mention of the evils of The Vatican and quite a few references to the supernatural world, but the "Christian" message consists mostly of a few references to a guardian angel and Mr. G's vague hope that he might be in heaven some day.

Even if this novel had been published by a non Christian publisher, I would have had a hard time liking it.  It started out very dark in its description of evil.  The characters were not very well-developed or likable, and the action was rather predictable.  Add to that numerous typo errors (this was an advanced reader copy, and I hope those will be corrected in the final edition!), and there was not much enjoyable about this read.

I will say that I was interested enough in finding out what happened to finish the novel (although I had my doubts for a while), but I wouldn't really recommend it.

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Press for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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