Title: Odd Thomas
Author: Dean Koontz
Series: Yes (#1)
Category: Drama / Fiction / Supernatural / Action / Mystery
Length: 480 pages
My Rating: 10/10
In the small town of Pico Mundo, California, there lives a 20 year old of the brink of manhood named Odd Thomas. A strange name for a strange man. Odd Thomas can see the dead. Sometimes they come to him for vengeance for their murders. Others come to him for solace, to find the peace to cross over to the other side. And still others are just… there. They haunt the places they choose to. However, the dead don’t talk. No major ties, because he never knows where his “gift” will take him. With the arrival of a stranger in town whom Odd refers to as “Fungus Man”, the small town begins to teem with creatures that predict evil and bloodshed.
Odd has a simple life, bare essentials, nothing too complicated. No vehicle or cell phone to complicate his life. He has one love, Stormy Llewellyn, friends in most of the townsfolk, and a special relationship with the chief of police, Chief Porter. Porter knows his secret and often helps him when Odd finds himself in an “odd spot”. This time, he must make some difficult decisions, and face some of the hardest situations he’s faced in his entire life. And it’s only the beginning.
First, I must say, I LOVED this book. This is definitely one of my top 5 of all time. The characters, even the ones that aren’t at the forefront of the story, become like a family. You can truly feel Odd’s love for these people. The character development is outstanding, it honestly feels like you know all of these people, and in the tense moments, you feel your heart rate speed up and Odd’s anxiety. This one was definitely a page turner, and I was unable to put it down until the very last page. I laughed, I felt Odd’s pain and emotions, I cried… This is a book that can truly bring you in to another world and make you lose track of reality as you sympathize with the plights of the twenty year old that has to deal with so much more than he ever asked for or deserved.