For my next book I chose an author I was familiar with. I still remember reading CyberQuest by Sigmund Brouwer when I was young(er), not once but multiple times. It was well written. More recently I read the Sam Keaton series, which was AMAZING. Those books truly showed off the author’s ability to write memorable characters and plots that draw you & don’t let you go.

If you have not read the Sam Keaton books, I highly recommend them. Winking smile

In The Canary List, I saw the author deal with yet another genre – suspense/mystery.

Synopsis:

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.

Read Chapter One here.

I never lost interest in the book, and the characters were unique – although the theme of an ordinary man (Crockett Grey) suddenly finding himself in the middle of a mystery seemed slightly cliché. The book’s pace was steady but not fast, although the chapters were short – a technique that I chuckled at for a while, before finding that the short chapters accomplished their mission – I kept reading! Enough chapters ended up in a cliffhanger to keep me turning the pages, even though I had resolved to pause “after this chapter”.

I felt that some plot elements were introduced but never completely resolved. Crockett’s dreams, for one. This book was also interesting in how it concerned demons and demonic possession, but each character had their own opinion on the spiritual realm, so views on the existence and influence of demons remained… unresolved. In other words, this book did not preach, nor would the reader be able to pinpoint for sure what the author’s own views are.

I give credit to Sigmund Brouwer for his ability to write books set in a variety of genres. He truly is talented. I do not feel that this book is among his best works. I never lost interest, but I would not read this book again.

The Canary List was good, but not great.

 

Don’t forget to check out the Sam Keaton series. Winking smile

 

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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers, in exchange for my honest review

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