Series: Odd Thomas #1
Published by Bantam on December 9, 2003
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller
The dead don't talk but they do try to communicate with a short order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd Thomas struggles 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.
What I Thought…
- I was a little worried about Odd Thomas because Kate (Midnight Book Girl) is obsessed with this series and Courtney (Abducted by Books) and Jenny (Alternate Readality) also love the books so the pressure was on. Thankfully it was really good so there were no worries to be had.
- I love ghosts of all kinds. Happy ghost stories like The Ghost and The Goth. Scary ghost stories like Anna Dressed in Blood. Creepy ghost stories like Glimmer. Odd Thomas did not disappoint in the ghost department at all.
- Along with the ghosts are the bodachs. The bodachs aren’t exactly ghosts, more like evil beings. They are attracted to areas where evil occurs and seeing them is a very bad sign.
- Odd is a great character. He’s a bit different but so likeable. He sees these ghosts and knows that its his job in life to be there for them and help them if needed. He takes it very seriously, even when it could impact him negatively he can’t just ignore it. I loved getting to know him and his thoughts.
- I also really liked Odd’s girlfriend Stormy (once you learn her real name you will totally be ok with her name being Stormy). She’s the right counter balance for Odd.
- Odd has a vision that something bad will happen in Pico Mundo. Bodachs begin appearing in droves, confirming that something big and bad is going to happen, and that lots of people are going to suffer for it. He first sees the bodachs around “Fungus Man”. Fungus Man was really creepy. They way he looked. His actions. His house. All of it. Creepy.
- I also really liked Little Ozzy (who’s not so little) and Chief Porter. Chief Porter is Odd’s father figure (his real father is a real piece of work, as is his mother). He knows about his gifts and trusts him when he says something is coming. Little Ozzy is more of a friend to Odd, but he is there to help when needed.
- Odd Thomas is such a good thriller. Every time I thought I had something figured out everything changed again. The last half of the book was unputdownable. Twists and turns, new discoveries all over the place. Some of them I probably should have seen coming but I didn’t. I am terrible predictor in all things.
- The ending had me all twisted up. All twisted up!!! I can’t even begin to describe it how twisted up I was over the ending.
Overall if you haven’t already read Odd Thomas I highly recommend it!
“From time to time, I do consider that I might be mad. Like any self-respecting lunatic, however, I am always quick to dismiss any doubts about my sanity.”
“..the most identifying trait of humanity is our ability to be inhumane to one another.”