Odd Thomas

In addition to being a music fiend, I also LOVE to read. And yesterday I finished a great book; another Dean Koontz pick called “Forever Odd.”

Odd Thomas is the name of the main character and he can see dead people. Laugh if you must, but this is not as cliche as Sixth Sense. In fact, this is a gift in which people come to Odd for resolution or sometimes even for reasons he doesn’t quite understand. In addition he has a gift of psychic magnetism which guides him to the right places at the right time.

The book begins when Odd wakes in the middle of the night to find the spirit of Dr. Jessup in his room. He isn’t scared, but he is alarmed because Dr. Jessup was perfectly alive earlier that day. So he follows Dr. Jessup to his home and finds his murdered body. Dr. Jessup’s son is nowhere to be found. Thus the plot thickens and we follow Odd throughout the book searching for Danny (the missing boy) and dealing with the three sick people who have kidnapped him. The sickest being Datura, the woman who befriended a crippled Danny and took advantage of secrets he told her about Odd’s supernatural gifts.

I won’t get into the rest, because it was such a good read I would rather you find out for yourself. But I will tell you that despite many of the grim details, Koontz is a very funny writer. There were quite a few times in which I was laughing at how he described things. He is a vivid writer with a phenomenal imagination.

And next on my reading list is “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire.


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