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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer

The Canary List - Sigmund Brouwer
Sigmund Brouwer uses Satanism, demons, an atheist school teacher, foster children, child abuse, conspiracy theories, and the Catholic Church to draw you into this quick read of a fiction book. It begins like a spiritual thriller but falls short. Brouwer tries to weave a tale about Jaime Piper, a 12 year old foster child's unique ability to sense evil and the Catholic Church wanting to either use that power or get rid of it. A school teacher, Crockett tries to help Jaimie Piper and in the process is accused of pedophilia. A high-profile lawyer gets hired by the very people who framed him and the reader doesn’t know whose side he is on till the end.

The plot never really gains any credibility. The chapters are short and jump back and forth making the story choppy and the surprise ending doesn’t make any sense. There was no clear statement in the story for or against the many topics that were brought up e.g., spiritual darkness, child abuse, foster system, catholic conspiracies, and righteousness.

At the end Brouwer tries to sum up what the story really was all about like a TV drama explaining what you just watched.

I would not recommend this book

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books program in return for my review.