Saturday, September 3, 2011

Book Review: The Canary List

A teacher falsely accused, spiritual warfare, conspiracy, and secrets within the Catholic Church. This book has it all.

On the anniversary of his daughter's death, teacher Crockett Grey is home drowning his sorrow in a bottle of liquor when 12-year old Jamie Piper shows up at his house asking to stay the night. Jamie is a troubled foster child who's terrified to return to her foster home and looking for a safe place to go. Grey is reluctant to help at first does offer help. He is careful to protect himself and Jamie by asking his elderly neighbor to allow Jamie to stay with her for the night while they sort things out. By the next morning, Jamie's foster parents' house will be burned down, Grey's friendly neighbor is missing, Jamie is taken and put in the custody of a child psychiatrist, and Grey is put in jail on charges of pedophilia.

The plot has many twists and turns as Grey tries to clear his name, find his missing neighbor, and help Jamie. Grey's character is complex and well developed.However, the plot gets a little bogged down with the intertwining story lines of his daughter's death, his troubled relationship with his wife, his desperate attempts to stay connected to his son, and his journey to save Jamie. Eventually, the story takes you to The Vatican City where there there deception, witchcraft, anda fight for the papacy make Jamie a pawn in a very dark battle of good vs evil.

The book had a good start but I got bogged down in the middle. After pressing through I found myself caught up in the story again. I'd rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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