Book Review: Brother Odd

Similar But Not The Same

Dean Koontz’s Brother Odd (2006) is the third book featuring Odd Thomas. The book follows in the supernatural thriller genre and begins with Odd living in a monastery. After the events of the second book he decided to move and reflect about life. Strange things start happening at the monastery and it’s up to Odd to get to the bottom of it all.

Setting and Characters

When I began to read this book, I thought it was going to suffer from the same issue as the 2nd book: limited amount of settings. This book has a limited number of settings and I thought it was going to be a tough read, but I was wrong. Koontz managed to keep me turning the pages because of the spectacular characters. Whatever shortcomings I thought the book was going to have because of the setting, the characters more than made up for it.

Backstory

Koontz did a masterful job of making me care about each of the characters. He reached an equilibrium of showing the reader the backstory of the characters without it having it feel like a slog.

Speed Of The Story

I felt this book shorter than the previous one, but at the same time it felt complete. Koontz also did a fantastic job in describing the settings. Every page made me feel like I was there with Odd Thomas as he unraveled the mystery in the monastery. Dean Koontz proves to be a master yet again; there isn’t a single ounce of unnecessary fat in this book. Everything word in it needs to be there.

Final Thoughts

The book was a pleasant surprise for me, I thought I wasn’t going to like it. Once Koontz introduced the characters, I was hooked. Please read this book and tag along with Odd to discover what is going on in the monastery.

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