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The Canary List

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  118 reviews
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.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by WaterBrook (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Overall Review: This book made me want to double lock my doors, arm the alarm system and put bars on the windows. Seriously scary stuff!! We are tossed into a web of lies, deceit, power, and secrecy that is centered within the highest powers of the Vatican. Crockett Grey, a regular teacher with his own stack of personal problems, becomes embroiled in something way over his head, all because a student comes to him for help and he cares enough to do something. We watch as the 'powers that be' ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story...but very frightening. It illustrated spiritual warfare in a rather lurid way.
Maureen Timerman
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read

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
Pretty decent suspense novel featuring a Vatican conspiracy with supernatural elements. Starts off lively and fast paced, gets a bit too pleased with itself for its convolutions of plot, but overall decent. I don't think I've read more than a scant handful of Christian novels, so I thought I'd branch out.

Teacher and surfer Crockett Grey (our hero, with that name, you know he'll be a rugged individualist) is having his once a year Scotch whiskey drunk fest at home on the anniversary of his young
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Crockett Grey just wants to spend the anniversary of his daughter's death alone, but when his troubled student, 12 year old Jaime Piper, shows up at his home, afraid and needing protection, he soon finds himself entangled in a web of bizarre events.

Crockett must find out the secrets of Jaime's past and of her strange gifts in order to help her, and to get his life back. But he soon finds himself involved in a dark conspiracy which reaches all the way to the Vatican.

This book was a page-turner
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
All Crockett Grey wants is to mark the anniversary of his daughter's death alone. That's it. But after one of his students, Jaimie Piper, knocks on his window that night scared to death, his life will never be the same. Jaimie isn't your typical 12-year old girl. She's not afraid of the dark, the Boogeyman, or even an abusive family member. She's afraid of evil.

I can't tell you a whole lot of the story without giving it away, but the basic idea is that Crockett is a teacher who because of being
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I found this book incredibly confusing. I think Brouwer's writing style is maturing, but possibly not his sense of storytelling. I wasn't sure A) for what audience this book might be intended, and B) whether it was meant to end so ambiguously or is set up for a sequel. It seemed too boring for teen/YA (style and subject and age of main characters), yet also too boring for adults (tame "action" sequences, lame personal and interpersonal struggles). It also seemed like the plot took one twist too ...more
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy Christian Fiction, suspense & thrillers
Recommended to Theresa by: FIRST
Take a young girl, a caring teacher, throw in some conspiracy, the Catholic Church, politics, and demon possession, shake them all up, and you've got "The Canary List" in a nutshell. This suspenseful read, kept me quite interested in both the characters and storyline. Jaimie and Mr. G are both characters you can't help but get involved with. They are likeable and both in situations you want to help them with, but wonder how. The twists and red herrings will keep you guessing and the surprise ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Terrible book. Didn't even read much of it. It was given to me free at the Christian bookstore. I'm not sure why the Christian bookstore was handing these out, but first of all there was a disclaimer at the front of the book about the danger of being too curious about the devil and devil worship and the the book goes on to talk about devil worship ceremonies in detail - what!? The lead character apparently can sense evil and whatever - not going to read it! Not going to pass it on! It's in the ...more
Gina Conroy
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed all of Sigmund Brouwer's books, Canary List is no exception. The premise was interesting. A 12 year old girl that can feel evil is needed for a bigger purpose, a demon possessed Pope elect, and an innocent teacher in the middle of a conspiracy. I gave it three stars because I felt the ending was lacking a bit in answering some questions, but it was an acceptable ending to the story. Just not one I felt completely satisfied, yet it kept me reading while exercising on the elliptical ...more
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Canary List
By Sigmund Brouwer

Jamie Piper is a twelev year old who can sense evil.She tries to find safety with her teacher Crockett Grey.Crockett is getting drunk on the anniversary of his daughter death who died from cancer.
Jamie only brings trouble to him.He ia accused of child molestation and is arrested.Crocket tries to uncover what has happen to him and where Jamie has gone.
As the mess gets darker he finds the vatican is watching him and he doesn't know why.
The Canary list makes you
Christina Welbourne
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Meh.. this was ok. It started out really good and I was all into the story; couldn't put it down. But as these thinsg sometimes go, it lost its momentum for me about half way through. But it wasn't a complete waste of time. I liked the conspiracy theory idea. Just not my favorite novel Sigmund Brower has written.
Sara Jane Kehler
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Do you think for yourself, or blindly believe everything authorities tell you to believe?

Not all is as you think it is, there's more going on behind the scenes than you can imagine, and it's crucial to discern who can truly be trusted. These are the prevailing themes in Sigmund Brouwer's novel, at least from my perception, which is a huge reason why I loved this book. I was raised to think for myself, so a book like The Canary List is right up my alley.

This novel was quick-paced and held my
Sandy Schmidt
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crockett Grey, a teacher who thinks he's helping a 12 year student, Jaimie Piper, overcome a simple fear, becomes embroiled in a complex plot involving the papacy. Jaimie claims to be capable of sensing evil when not wearing her magic magnetic bracelet. Crockett, whose own daughter recently died, is drawn into a conspiracy including the smoke of satan, demon possession, plots, conspiracies, the papal library, and abuse allegations. Just as the story is wrapped up and Crockett thinks he knows all ...more
Wendy Park
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was an out of genre experience for me. I’ve never read something that officially falls into the Christian speculative fiction category. The story of Crockett and Jaime drew me in. This book is a high-speed, crazy ride until the end. The last chapter was completely unnecessary, and I think it detracts from the overall plot.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-challenge
The Canary List is a compelling look into demon possession and the abuse of children in the Catholic Church. I was immediately drawn into the story. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages. This book is hard to put down.

I borrowed a copy from my local library. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 I literally pulled this book from the shelf thinking this was an adventure story set in Canada. But boy was I wrong. A good read, tho. Mind buggling and genius storytelling about the horrors in Vatican ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I would call this fiction work not Christian but Catholic fiction.
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this story! I don’t enjoy reading dialogue and this book had over my limit. Otherwise... loved the plot!
K.M. Higgins
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good! Super interesting! Definitely unique!
Salma Hussein
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
good idea but not new. i also had a problem while reading it, not all the sentences were understandable. but i don't regret reading it afterall.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an ok read....just another conspiracy theme.
Alexis Neal
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Henry McLaughlin
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Jaimie Piper is a twelve-year-old girl with a powerful gift that is driving her crazy. She can detect evil in other people. This dark, overwhelming force has tormented her for years. When its latest manifestation threatens, she turns to her favorite teacher, Crocket Grey, for help.

His efforts to help Jaimie soon land Grey in the hottest water possible. He is accused of possessing child pornography and of molesting students. He is soon the target of a kidnapping and murder investigation. All this
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Imagine that there is true evil in the world in the guise of demons. These demons have the capability of possessing humans and perverting them to suit their needs. Now imagine that these possessed humans have infiltrated government and world religions including religious hierarchy. This is the world that 12-year-old Jaimie Piper and her teacher Crockett Grey have been pushed into in The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer.

Jaimie knows that there is someone or something after her and seeks protection
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I just finished reading The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer. I have to make a disclaimer--I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The book started out a little slowly for my taste--I had trouble getting into it. But about a quarter of the way into it, I realized I couldn't put it down! The story picks up the pace and moves very quickly, twisting and turning until literally the last page.

The story concerns a young girl Jaime who insists she can
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-2020-read
The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer
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Demons. Evil. Childhood abuse. Satanic Rituals. Perfect possession. Vatican City. In the end, you’re still not sure what side of the fence you’re on –even if you believe in angels and demons. I mean, at least I wasn’t. Either it’s all real or it’s the most elaborate scam that anyone has ever attempted. As far as the book goes, I am not sure that it matters
Sheri Salatin
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against power, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." --Ephesians 6:12

[The canary list] The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer is about a twelve year old girl, Jaimie Piper who is extra sensitive to Evil. She is an orphan who has been shuffled from foster home to foster home her entire life. Her greatest need? To be safe and loved.

Enter Crockett Grey, Jaimie's school
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After reading the description, I thought this book is like Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons, but after reading it, Canary List may have the issues of conspiracies in the Vatican Church, but this is more like pointing out that there may be evil in the Church but not everyone and is less “scandalous”.

The Canary List is set in present day Vatican City (for the most part). Brouwer's writing is engaging and nearly three dimensional. The descriptions are vivid
Bill Garrison
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Sigmund Brouwer has been writing novels for years, but THE CANARY LIST is the first novel of his I've read. The novel opens with a bang, and as I read, I just knew I'd be adding Brouwer to my list of "can't miss" authors. Unfortunately, the last third of the book gets bogged down in complicated plot details that really don't make any sense, and abandon what made the novel so strong in the beginning.

On the night Crocket Grey plans to get drunk and honor the anniversary of his daughter's death,
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