The Canary List
By: Sigmund Brouwer
The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer is a book I would not normally choose to read since I am not a huge fan of conspiracy novels, however, I was entertained by this story and am glad I choose this title to read and review.
Crockett Grey is a school teacher who finds his life is turned upside down when he ventures to help a student of his by the name of Jamie. Jamie unceremoniously seeks out Crockett at his home one night when she feels threatened by an evil presence. Crockett tries to do the correct thing but his actions are manipulated by a higher force and his life is suddenly in shambles. To fix his situation, he begins to investigate Jamie, her past, and her involvement. As he learns more, he finds himself learning about the Catholic church, demons, and a conspiracy that dates back to the 1500’s…and somehow Jamie is the key to stop an infiltration of evil from overtaking the Catholic church.
Sigmund Brouwer has written a wonderfully entertaining story about good and evil. Taken from the perspective of Crockett, a man who doesn’t believe in any spiritual world or even God, makes this a book anyone can read; it doesn’t preach to the reader.
This story does heavily involve the Catholic church and for those who are sensitive to their religion, this might be a bit offensive as it is focusing on the Catholic organization and how evil is infiltrating it’s ranks, up to the Pope. Best to read this as intended, as a fictitious story.
There were many characters in the story and each of them were properly developed, not just the main characters. This helped enhance the overall believability of the story. You could tell a lot of thought was put into these secondary characters because their background information was provided which helped the reader in understanding their motives. This was even more evident with the main characters.
Another plus was the twists and turns that Brouwer keep inserting into the story. When you thought you understood or figured out the main intent, something would be written that made you reconsider what you thought would happen. Great technique in keeping the reader reading and second guessing their guesses!
I was pleased with the ending because it didn’t really appease the reader. Instead it made you contemplate the story and all it’s details. To me this is a good sign of a good book; when you finish reading it, you still think about it.
I would recommend this book to any reader who loves mystery, suspense, and even history because although this is a work of fiction, there is some historical information intertwined. And due to the content of the story which does mention demons and Satanic rituals, I wouldn’t recommend this book to children but those in their teens or above.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”