Book Review: The Canary List

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Protected by the dark of the night, Jaimie Piper runs. But is anywhere safe when evil is hunting you?

All Crockett Grey wants to do is mark the anniversary of his daughter’s death alone.

How do these two end up in a whirlwind conspiracy involving the Vatican and supernatural forces? Jaimie flees to her teacher, Crockett Grey, because she believes he is safe. Unfortunately, evil is close behind Jaimie, and every attempt is made to destroy her refuge. Crockett Grey’s life is quickly under scrutiny and he finds himself innocently on the wrong side of the law, all because he sheltered a terrified girl. As imposters and corruption become apparent in every organization, Crockett turns to Jaimie’s child psychologist, and together they uncover why little Jaimie is the key to saving the Catholic Church and consequently, the world.
The Canary List is a fairly fast paced book once a few chapters in. It’s full of mystery and suspense, along with a heavy dose of the supernatural. I’m a fan of Frank Peretti’s work, and while this wasn’t quite the same caliber of supernatural storytelling as a Peretti novel, it was still engaging and kept me guessing till the end. The characters were relatable, the plot intriguing, and the end was…well, you’d have to read it to find out. It was a good read.

There were some more mature themes within the book, but nothing in graphic detail. This is a spiritual/supernatural story, so demons are portrayed as real beings with real actions and footholds in the world. Satanism is mentioned, along with witch hunts. The sins of the Vatican are explored and mentioned throughout the book, one of which (sadly) is pedophilia. At least one of the characters was a victim of child abuse. Again, nothing was explicit, these are just a few of the more mature topics in the book, so I’d recommend it for an adult.

Overall, an interesting read!

(I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of the Blogging for Books program.)


  1. Sounds good! I'm always looking for something new to read.

  2. Excellent review! Not my kind of book, though :)



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