Monday, September 26, 2011

Canary List - Sigmund Brouwer

Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
Pages: 320
Source:  I received a copy for review from Multnomah for review
Genre:  Thriller

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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.

My thoughts:
Jamie Piper is much like many other twelve-year-olds with one exception, she sees evil.  When someone visits her foster home that she sees as evil, she knows she has to get away.  She runs to the house of er Adaptive Behavior teacher Mr. Grey.  As a teacher I immediately saw where this was headed.  He is falsely accused of a relationship with his student.  It is obvious evil forces are at work.

Crockett fights against this evil and realizes it goes all the way to the Vatican.  I could say more but I won't.  I loved the way the book covers what I believe is spiritual warfare, a battle for souls.  Jamie comes across as a tough little girl who is sure she must avoid the evil.  Crockett was a character I loved.  He was grieving over the death of his own daughter.  When Jamie shows up he knows what kind of trouble he can get into, yet he follows his heart to help her.  I'm not Catholic yet I felt they were portrayed in a really bad light.  Either way, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers.

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