There are people out there who don’t like to read. Or they like to read, but they have a real hard time getting started. Librarians and teachers refer to these folk as “reluctant readers”, because we truly believe everyone is a reader at heart.
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz is one of those books that draw reluctant readers in, and it never lets them go. Dean Koontz writes a brand of horror which is highly intimate. It is terrifying in the tortures the world’s levies on its characters. Odd, the characters actual name is a fry cook with a super power. He can see the dead. Unfortunately, he can also see Bodachs, not to be confused with the D&D creature Bodak. When he sees these horrific creatures, he knows trouble is not far behind. They swarm to wherever violence is about to take place.
Odd, being a good natured fry cook, races against the clock to figure out what tragedy is about to befall the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Without spoiling it, Odd Thomas is put through difficult trials and horrific loss. It would be an unbearable novel if it wasn’t accompanied by the black humor Koontz is good at inserting into his novels or the sheer defiance the characters express in the face of overwhelming odds.
You can find Odd Thomas & the rest of the Odd Series at the Patchogue-Medford Library. Not to mention many other Dean Koontz books. Tweet us for recommendations @pmlib or let us know if this was helpful on Facebook.