by Dean Koontz
Category: Fiction / Horror
401 pages; ISBN: 0553802496
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Odd Thomas is no typical twenty-year-old. What he considers ordinary most people would consider frightening. On August 14, he sees Penny a young child and knows instantly she is a ghost. Penny points out her killer and Odd gives chase finally apprehending him. The sheriff, who knows about Odd’s psychic powers, uses him as an able tool in crime fighting.
While working as a short order cook in a diner he notices a man with badachs (shades that never lived and feed off of violence) hovering over him. Believing that this stranger plans to do something that will result in a lot of deaths he tracks the man to his house and finds a file with the date August 15 in it. Odd surmises he has less than one day to stop what he thinks will be a blood bath judging from the amount of badachs hovering in town.
Only Dean Koontz can blend a thriller and a horror novel together and make a novel that is better than the sum of its parts. ODD THOMAS is a likeable character that readers will want to mother (or big brother) because he is weighed down by the gift he possesses. He believes he must use it to help people no matter the toll it takes on him. This thrill-a-minute horror thriller is Mr. Koontz at his best.
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