446 pages- Bantam Publishing
Odd Thomas Series- Book 1
“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. Sometimes the silent souls who seek out Odd want justice. Occasionally their otherworldly tips help him prevent a crime. But this time it’s different.
A stranger comes to Pico Mundo, accompanied by a horde of hyena-like shades who herald an imminent catastrophe. Aided by his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Odd will race against time to thwart the gathering evil. His account of these shattering hours, in which past and present, fate and destiny, converge, is a testament by which to live—an unforgettable fable for our time destined to rank among Dean Koontz’s most enduring works. (Amazon.com)
Dean Koontz has been one of my all time favorite authors since I was about 12 years old. I have been collecting his books ever since. This year I have made it my own challenge to read every single one I own and I have about 67 by my last count. So I decided to start with one of his series, Odd Thomas. There are 10 books in this series including some novellas and 3 graphic novels. I can’t wait to see where this story goes.
“I see dead people. But, then by God, I do something about it.”- Odd Thomas
Odd doesn’t just see the dead but also tries to help them cross over to the other side. He does this by trying to help them finish any unfinished business, like catching the murderer. Now the dead usually find him but he also has a special talent of finding these people by what his girlfriend, Stormy, calls his psychic magnetism. Meaning he just wonders around until he finds the pull of the person he’s looking for. Ok I need to tell you more about why I love this book instead while story.
I love this book mostly because of its characters and I am very attached to them. Odd has a very unique and quirky way he speaks and I have read that some people don’t like it or think that there is no 20 year old that would talk like him. I find him hilarious and have known a few people that do banter back and forth the way he does. I usually end up smiling every time he gets into a conversation with Stormy or the Chief of Police, Two of the most important people in his life. His love for Stormy is one for the ages and as a fortune teller machine told them when they were little:
They whole heartily believe it and as the story goes on so will you! Ah the feels!!
There isn’t much about this book that I did not like. I will say that there is a trigger, well I would think it could be a trigger, of a mass shooting. That is the big terrible bad that Odd is trying to stop when he sees the new stranger in town and all the Bodachs that swarm the town. Oh, Bodachs are the creatures of darkness that feed off the fear and death of a very bad deed. It’s terrible to read about a shooting in a book but to know it happens more than it should in real life too is just tragic. So I’ll add that trigger warning in place.
I do recommend this book and then go and watch the movie. Right now it is on a Netflix and it stars the late Anton Yelchin, may he Rest In Peace. I don’t think that there will be anymore movies for the series because in my opinion Anton was Odd❤️
m giving this first book a 4.5 out of 5 stars! I highly recommend it if you are looking for some paranormal and witty dialog!!