Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel


"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.


Odd Thomas was an odd read for me. I didn't hate it, but most of the book was kind of boring, but not in a horrible way. It was interesting but odd. It just felt like I was reading about a not super eventful day in a fry cooks life. Things happened, but they never really grabbed me or made me feel like they were intense. Until the show down. And man the ending...after finishing the book I noticed the movie was on Netflix and it is listed under comedy. I was just like what? How in the world is this a comedy? I did not read it that way at all. It made me think of About A Boy. I thought that book was really sad, but the movie was humorous (which I didn't think would be possible). It is odd how you can read a book in a totally different way than what other people do with the same material.

So Odd Thomas sees ghosts. They don't talk, but he helps them move on if he can. Finds what they need to let go. He has a bff and girlfriend Stormy and is pretty happy in his life. He is a fry cook, and there was a humorous part when someone asked him if that was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He said no, maybe he would go into tires and work at the tire store. Oh it was pretty funny. Overall though he is happy with what he has.

He also sees these dark spirits. They made me think of the dementors from Harry Potter. They signify something bad is going to happen, and on this day he starts seeing a ton of them around the creepy new guy. So Odd spends the day investigating this new guy and finds something bad is going to happen at some point the next day. It really seemed more realistic than most investigating books as it took time for him to figure things out and get places. It was good, but kind of bland for me at the same time.

Then the day of the big event was more eventful. You see more of Odd's past. The end was just kind of heartbreaking. Odd is happy with his lot in life, has never left his small town, but he still tries his hardest to stop others from being hurt/killed. He was just a nice guy. I would be curious to read the next book.

Rating: 3.5/5

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