Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Speak up Saturday Book Review–The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer

Speak Up Saturday

It’s Speak Up, um, Tuesday? I’m going to tag all my reviews with Speak Up Saturday, I just got behind this week…

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From the Publisher:

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.

I really wanted to like this book. Really. I liked the last book of Sigmund Brouwer’s that I read. I still like his writing style. A lot. This book just didn’t do it for me.

Here’s the thing: the ending was a major let down. But let me back up, start at the beginning and all that.

The book starts out slow, it takes awhile to figure out what the point of the story is, but that’s okay because things are still happening, still moving along. You get the idea that there is a bigger story building than just the individual events that are happening.

The character development is good; there is depth to the main character, Crockett Grey, early on and only gets better from there. The story has twists and supporting characters that kept me reading, late into the night, to get to the end.

BUT, that leads me to the end. It was very disappointing. The loose ends were all tied up, the story came to a conclusion, just not one that I liked. Without giving too much away, it ended on a very un-Christian note. I read the book because it is Christian fiction, and I don’t like being led astray like that.

Interesting? Yes. Attention-keeping? Definitely. Would I recommend? No, no, and nope. *Sigh* Hopefully the next book I read will not leave such a bad taste in my mouth…

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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