No, this is not about the Canary Islands. Sigmund Brouwer's The Canary List is a suspense novel. It is a tale about a twelve-year old girl that has been bumped around numerous different foster homes and sent to different classrooms for kids with behaviorial issues and/or low test scores. Yet, she has a special ability to sense evil. I would say that this novel pertains to elementary/middle school teachers and their interactions with students. Even though, it is a fictional story, it does resemble real life in ways. It is also supposed to vaguely touch Christian values.
The beginning of the book has a lot of various stories that don't seem to be cohesive. However, from my point of view, it simply adds to the mystery. The book starts out by the beach in beautiful Santa Monica. But as you read on, different things happen. Who knew Santa Monica could be so horrifying? Evil filled the streets and she had to look for help. I don't want to spoil the book but I will briefly mention the two main characters: Mr. G, a teacher mourning the death of his daughter over alcohol and a mysterious female student who makes Mr. G think of his daughter. Then the CIA and the Vatican get involved...
This book is classified as Christian fiction; it does have some religious themes, but for the most part I found the book not totally about Christian values and such. I would consider it a thriller and I can definitely envision this to be a potential Hollywood blockbuster. The chapters are relatively short; average few pages, which add to the excitement of the novel.
So I would suggest that you read this novel assuming that you are a thrill seeker.
Here is a link from Google with an excerpt from the book: http://books.google.com/books?id=rZqisdBE5DkC&lpg=PT287&ots=hwQIjn33MI&dq=canary%20list&pg=PT287#v=onepage&q=canary%20list&f=false
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.