Book Review: Odd Thomas

The Master

Dean Koontz is a master at his craft. He has been writing books for far longer than I’ve been alive. His bibliography is impressive. A lot of his books have been bestsellers. I should have read some of his works by now.

This is the first book of his I’ve ever read and it’s decent.

Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas (2003) is about Odd Thomas, a young man with a supernatural ability to see into the spirit world. He’s a simple guy. He’s never left his town and he’s not planning to leave ot. He’s content with his job as a grill chef in a diner. He’s in love with his girlfriend and he wants to marry her one day. His idyllic world gets turned upside down when a stranger comes into town. Thomas knows he’s in danger because his ability to see into the spirit world warned him of a tragedy the moment this new stranger got into town. Thomas has to do everything he can to stop him.

The Book

The book is good. It’s not great, but I might have an idea why. Since I knew he was a great writer I went into this book with high expectations. The story is solid. I’m not going to lie, I was hooked. I needed to find out what was going to happen next; it’s a solid page-turner. I was just expecting something else.

Characters

As I read the book, I could picture the characters in vivid detail. Koontz showed me enough information to make the characters come alive. The dialogue rang true and the structure of the story is tight. There is no fat in this book. The rhythm of the book is just right.

Final Thoughts

Even though this book wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, it was still good. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.I recommend this book if you’ve never read any of Dean Koontz’s books; it’s a great starting point into his writing.

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