REVIEW: #73 Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Reading time: 3 – 5 minutes
Title: Odd Thomas
Author: Dean Koontz
Synopsis: (Taken from Amazon.com) The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why. But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo’s sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it’s different.
A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd?s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14.
In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares?and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.
In middle & high school, I used to read a lot of Dean Koontz (and John Saul). I don’t know why — but I just loved their books. The mystery, the horror. They just made an all around good read. However, years passed and I had not picked one up in a while. I asked my Twitter feed what I should read of Koontz, and it was suggested that I read Odd Thomas.
Odd Thomas kind of reminds me of The Sixth Sense — in a way. He sees dead people. He also sees these black, shapeless spirits that tend to feed off negative deaths and massacre. One day he sees this fungus face looking man — who gives him a bad feeling so he decides to pursue him and find out what his deal is.
What he finds himself in– is a whirlwind of horror. Can he save everyone who is about to be massacred? The thousands of people whose lives are in his hands?
The book, Odd Thomas, was an easy read. The only thing that I didn’t like was that he put himself into these stupid situations. Breaking into someone’s house — touching dead bodies at the scene of the crime. Odd Thomas, although likeable, didn’t seem all that intelligent with DNA matters. Although he mentioned DNA — he just didn’t care. But I guess it doesn’t matter that much when you have cops on your side, right?? Even so, I just wish Odd was more careful in this matter.
I definitely will read the sequel.. because it’s a very interesting subject and an addicting read. It is mystery with a bit of supernatural horror (although not too scary, by any means). It also touches on serial killers, which is of interest to you, then I would recommend this read.