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Diggory Finch had a mother that didn’t seem to want him, and a father that chose to run from every struggle the family ever had. Same father lied about the family fortune. But now Grandma Beatrice is gone, and Diggory has inherited Finch Island in Twin Falls, as well as millions of dollars, a house, an old mill building, and the profound, evil darkness that dwells at the ce Diggory Finch had a mother that didn’t seem to want him, and a father that chose to run from every struggle the family ever had. Same father lied about the family fortune. But now Grandma Beatrice is gone, and Diggory has inherited Finch Island in Twin Falls, as well as millions of dollars, a house, an old mill building, and the profound, evil darkness that dwells at the center of his family’s heart. Diggory returns home, happy and comfortable for the first time in a home that’s not going anywhere, and starts the process of opening up a game store on his family’s property. He even meets a young lady that makes him want to stop sabotaging his relationships. Could it be love? Or will the horror that unfolds undo all he’s ever wanted? The Finch family is surrounded by people who want something from them. They want the dark power that Diggory has access to. They want the doorway only he can open to remain open forever, and if they have to lock him up so the ancient evil he can access can always flow to them, then so be it. But for the first time, this Finch isn’t running, and isn’t content to be used to unleash evil on the world. Can Diggory harness the great darkness within him, and defeat the monsters that feast on the people of Twin Falls, or will he lose control, and put the entire world at risk? One part Stephen King, one part Kevin Smith. Twin Falls; a modern day Lovecraftian universe of ancient, eldritch evils, cults, monsters, and one very sarcastic young man that's just sick of being used, abused, and being self-destructive.


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Diggory Finch had a mother that didn’t seem to want him, and a father that chose to run from every struggle the family ever had. Same father lied about the family fortune. But now Grandma Beatrice is gone, and Diggory has inherited Finch Island in Twin Falls, as well as millions of dollars, a house, an old mill building, and the profound, evil darkness that dwells at the ce Diggory Finch had a mother that didn’t seem to want him, and a father that chose to run from every struggle the family ever had. Same father lied about the family fortune. But now Grandma Beatrice is gone, and Diggory has inherited Finch Island in Twin Falls, as well as millions of dollars, a house, an old mill building, and the profound, evil darkness that dwells at the center of his family’s heart. Diggory returns home, happy and comfortable for the first time in a home that’s not going anywhere, and starts the process of opening up a game store on his family’s property. He even meets a young lady that makes him want to stop sabotaging his relationships. Could it be love? Or will the horror that unfolds undo all he’s ever wanted? The Finch family is surrounded by people who want something from them. They want the dark power that Diggory has access to. They want the doorway only he can open to remain open forever, and if they have to lock him up so the ancient evil he can access can always flow to them, then so be it. But for the first time, this Finch isn’t running, and isn’t content to be used to unleash evil on the world. Can Diggory harness the great darkness within him, and defeat the monsters that feast on the people of Twin Falls, or will he lose control, and put the entire world at risk? One part Stephen King, one part Kevin Smith. Twin Falls; a modern day Lovecraftian universe of ancient, eldritch evils, cults, monsters, and one very sarcastic young man that's just sick of being used, abused, and being self-destructive.

30 review for The Awakening (The Darkness of Diggory Finch #1).

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I loved this book! The characters are well developed and relatable. The story is an enthralling edge of your seat mystery waiting to see what happens next! I was on a family trip when the book was released and I legit was hiding in the bathroom at times so I could read more. I read the audiobook version and the narrator is excellent.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Bugbee

    I literally could not put this down! Diggory draws you in from Entry#1 and from there you are hooked! The journal style writing gives the reader rare insights and is just fun as hell to read! Chris Philbrook does not disappoint with this new release! I'm already on the edge of my seat in anticipation for the 2nd installment. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would! I literally could not put this down! Diggory draws you in from Entry#1 and from there you are hooked! The journal style writing gives the reader rare insights and is just fun as hell to read! Chris Philbrook does not disappoint with this new release! I'm already on the edge of my seat in anticipation for the 2nd installment. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Diggory's parents showed little emotion or love towards him during his childhood and it has affected him in life. He's a loner, gamer, seeing a therapist and miserable. He inherits his grandmother's property and wealth on Finch Island in Twin Falls. He returns home becomes happy, comfortable and has made a lady friend he really cares about then the horror begins. The Finches are a big deal there and Diggory is horrified when he finds out why. This novel reads like a HP Lovecraft tale as only Phi Diggory's parents showed little emotion or love towards him during his childhood and it has affected him in life. He's a loner, gamer, seeing a therapist and miserable. He inherits his grandmother's property and wealth on Finch Island in Twin Falls. He returns home becomes happy, comfortable and has made a lady friend he really cares about then the horror begins. The Finches are a big deal there and Diggory is horrified when he finds out why. This novel reads like a HP Lovecraft tale as only Philbrook could write. I highly recommend this book to any fan of the horror/sci-fi genres.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scotty Smalls

    Chris Philbrook has written some amazing series’s. Adrian’s Undead Diary took us on an epic struggle of good vs evil during the Zombie Apocalypse. Tesser: A Dragon Among Us, kicked off a funny fantasy in the Reemergence Series. So I was excited to start The Awakening. This world building, Lovecraftian style, horror story is the perfect start to a promising series. Filled with Heart, Humor, and Horror, this opening novel sets up everything we need to lose ourselves in a world full of monsters!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather Whitt

    I loved this book! I love how it was written. I feel that diggory was very well developed. I can’t wait for more in the series!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cliff Cross

    A quick but fun read. Chris Philbrook knows how to write a journal-based story and this is another that does not disappoint. Diggory Finch is a relatable character rife with insecurities. Lots of eldritch horrors, mystery, and shenanigans going on in Twin Falls leaving you with the constant desire to see what happens next. Can't wait for book 2! A quick but fun read. Chris Philbrook knows how to write a journal-based story and this is another that does not disappoint. Diggory Finch is a relatable character rife with insecurities. Lots of eldritch horrors, mystery, and shenanigans going on in Twin Falls leaving you with the constant desire to see what happens next. Can't wait for book 2!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenay

    Let me start this off by saying, I am a gamer. I am theoretically this author's target audience. Maybe its because I'm female, but this book really missed the mark for me. The author framed it in mostly diary entries, which I guess was aupposed to be able to give him more depth as a character, but it just made me like him less and less. He doesn't act chauvinistic towards women for the most part, but he sure does speak like an overly "manly dude" who has to prove his manliness by randomly sexual Let me start this off by saying, I am a gamer. I am theoretically this author's target audience. Maybe its because I'm female, but this book really missed the mark for me. The author framed it in mostly diary entries, which I guess was aupposed to be able to give him more depth as a character, but it just made me like him less and less. He doesn't act chauvinistic towards women for the most part, but he sure does speak like an overly "manly dude" who has to prove his manliness by randomly sexualizing things and throwing around swear words for literally no reason. It really seems at odds with his controlled and very particular disposition. He isn't a likable main character, and the book takes too long to get where its going. I did finish this my book but wont be continuing the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James Pyne

    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, Philbroo 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!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elaine M Bak

    Awesome start to a new series! This is so good! I loved Diggory on the first page - where the action and attitude start immediately. He is such a strong multi-dimensional character with such honest reactions and motivations. He’s super easy to relate to. The story is eerie with great world building and lore setup. I was so eager to see what happened, so I flew through the story - but now I’m having end-of-book remorse and cannot wait until the next is released! Not a copy of ADD, but similar awes Awesome start to a new series! This is so good! I loved Diggory on the first page - where the action and attitude start immediately. He is such a strong multi-dimensional character with such honest reactions and motivations. He’s super easy to relate to. The story is eerie with great world building and lore setup. I was so eager to see what happened, so I flew through the story - but now I’m having end-of-book remorse and cannot wait until the next is released! Not a copy of ADD, but similar awesome format of journal entries and lots of fun and awkward episodes, I just love The writing style and ease of dialogue. Thanks for another awesome series to keep on the watch for!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jenyfer Conaway

    the Awakening will keep you awake I first discovered this author with a free book from an email list. I’ve supported him ever since. It is a rare joy to watch someone grow their passion and talent as Mr. Philbrook is doing. This book—have you ever put a book down before you finished, because you just didn’t want it to end yet? I can count on one hand how many times I have done that, and this book is one of them. Well crafted story, fleshed out characters, and a solid basis for another successful s the Awakening will keep you awake I first discovered this author with a free book from an email list. I’ve supported him ever since. It is a rare joy to watch someone grow their passion and talent as Mr. Philbrook is doing. This book—have you ever put a book down before you finished, because you just didn’t want it to end yet? I can count on one hand how many times I have done that, and this book is one of them. Well crafted story, fleshed out characters, and a solid basis for another successful series. You won’t be disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Merilee Wolfson

    This is a “suck you in” thriller. You will be holding your breath waiting to know what’s going to happen next. All of the characters come to life and stay with you because Chris knows how to observe and delve into each persons psyche. The reader cannot help but to root for the safe passage of the main character Diggory Finch, through the darkness that awaits him in the atmospheric city of Twin Falls. Oh, did I mention that Chris has a wicked sense of humor and wit? If you appreciate smart atmosp This is a “suck you in” thriller. You will be holding your breath waiting to know what’s going to happen next. All of the characters come to life and stay with you because Chris knows how to observe and delve into each persons psyche. The reader cannot help but to root for the safe passage of the main character Diggory Finch, through the darkness that awaits him in the atmospheric city of Twin Falls. Oh, did I mention that Chris has a wicked sense of humor and wit? If you appreciate smart atmospheric thrillers, this book is for you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Mathis

    I knew very little about this novel prior to winning it in a Goodreads giveaway. I liked the idea of a modern Lovecraftian novel. What drew me in the most was the way we were told the story from several point of views. The main protagonist told his story in a first person diary format. In between entries we get the third person point of view from other characters that helps move the story along. I'm a sucker for supernatural stories and this novel delivers. As the first of a series, I hope to re I knew very little about this novel prior to winning it in a Goodreads giveaway. I liked the idea of a modern Lovecraftian novel. What drew me in the most was the way we were told the story from several point of views. The main protagonist told his story in a first person diary format. In between entries we get the third person point of view from other characters that helps move the story along. I'm a sucker for supernatural stories and this novel delivers. As the first of a series, I hope to read more about Diggory Finch and see what the future has in store for him.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Judy Hickman

    Outstanding I've read some of Chris's other books so I consider myself familiar with his writing style. This story grabbed me by the throat the moment i read its premise. I preordered quickly and waiting patiently for its release. Two days later I completed the book. It was an excellent original story and I can't wait to see how the story evolves. I highly encourage you to give this author a read. Outstanding I've read some of Chris's other books so I consider myself familiar with his writing style. This story grabbed me by the throat the moment i read its premise. I preordered quickly and waiting patiently for its release. Two days later I completed the book. It was an excellent original story and I can't wait to see how the story evolves. I highly encourage you to give this author a read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kelly dingman

    This book is incredible! So excited for Chris Philbrook because this book is definitely going to be a huge hit. Diggory is so relatable...Everyone is either a "Diggory" or knows someone close to them that is exactly the same. The characters are all well written and the story line hooks you in from the start. This book is incredible! So excited for Chris Philbrook because this book is definitely going to be a huge hit. Diggory is so relatable...Everyone is either a "Diggory" or knows someone close to them that is exactly the same. The characters are all well written and the story line hooks you in from the start.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bryan O'Sullivan

    Fantastic, need the next book 😭

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Gleason

  17. 5 out of 5

    Peter L. Morrison

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charles Mould

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Lafferty

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fotis Digitalart

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  22. 5 out of 5

    Soo

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  24. 5 out of 5

    sandra g byrd

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Worley

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sablehawk

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Furrer

  29. 5 out of 5

    randy svetich

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gail Edwards

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