The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer
From the back cover:
Protected by the dark of night, Jaimie Piper runs. But is anywhere safe when Evil is hunting you?
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.
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.
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.
This was a VERY, VERY good book. The first chapter or two were pretty spooky. I love to read in bed at night and I was afraid after reading those chapters that I wouldn't be able to sleep. However, the book became more mystery/suspense after those first few chapters and less spooky. Once I started reading I could hardly put it down until I got to the end.
If you are a fan of The DaVinci Code or the National Treasure movies, you'll love the political and religious intrigue in these books. You'll see the dark side of those who are so desperate for power, they will do anything to get it.
The characters in this book are wonderful. Brouwer creates main characters who are horribly flawed - all by circumstances out of their control. And I love every flaw they have. Brouwer also did a great job of not tying up every loose end in the book. For the most part, the big questions are answered; however, he leaves a lot of things up to the imagination of the reader. I think this would be a great book club book because I would love to have people to discuss all those loose ends with.
I highly recommend this book.
5 out of 5 stars.