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Having followed Philbrook's career over the years, I'm constantly amazed how he reinvents himself. Nothing stale about this author. The dude always gives his fans something new to sink their fangs into. Diggory Finch is one of those multidimensional characters you want to know more about. I found myself quickly swiping to the next page to see what would happen next. I found all the characters relatable and the style of writing easy to digest. For those of us with a short attention span, Philbrook is our hook up. Once you start this book you won't want to put it down, so make sure you have a few hours to spare because you're in for a rare treat!
I've gotten lazy lately and just been giving authors stars and not bothering with reviews, but this book deserves an actual review. I won't bother copying and pasting the synopsis like a lot of these "professional" reviewers do, since you can just scroll up and read it. What I will do is say that I've loved Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos for over 20 years, and I love reading other author's takes on the genre? Mythos? No matter, this review is warranted because this is the best take on Lovecraft that I've read since reading Lovecraft himself, and I can't wait to check out the other books in the series!
I love this book. Diggory Finch is such an interesting character. And it seems he may be the first in his line to be smart enough (or dumb enough) to stand up and face what is going on head-on. Of course, he has the most amazing new friend - the local librarian. Librarians are awesome and she believes him and is standing by him. It appears she will be a strong female character in the series - which is always a plus. But my favorite character other than these two is the psychiatrist. I backed the kickstarter and also won a contest, so I got to name a character. Morandia Hallett Perry is named after me, so every time I hear her name I smile. I don't know yet if she is good, evil, or a product of her situation, but she is part of the twelve. I'm very curious about the 13th.
This book is broken into two types of entries - Diggory's diary entries for his future self and Interlues which give us some insight into the other world and the history of Twin Falls. This is an excellent device to separate yet bring together the story. I look forward to the next one. A++. I'm ready for more! The narrator is exellent as well. And he even pronounced my name choice correctly! Kudos to him for that. Way to go Joe! I loved this book so much I purchased the ebook and audiobook.
I am generally not into horror, but this one is a good one. I will read more in the series as they come out. I recommend you do too.
Chris Philbrook does it again. If the rest of this series reads as well as the initial offering fans are in for a treat. Great characters, fast paced and original. Deep horror and sci-fi roots. If you have enjoyed any of his other series, or are a fan of Lovecraftian horror, this is a series that you need to invest in. You will not regret it.
Philbrooks pacing and writing style will draw you in, in such an organic way that the story ends before your ready. If your looking for a gripping tale with suspense, mystery, and some freaky stuff all rolled into one, it's worth every penny.