Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
Forever Odd by Dean Koontz is the 2nd in the Odd Thomas Series about a short-order cook in a small town of Pico Mundo. Odd sees dead people, and tries to help them to “move on”. Sometimes, he solves crimes.
Odd has just lost the love of his life, and he is still mourning. When he finds out that his childhood friend Danny Jessop has been kidnapped and Danny’s stepfather murdered, Odd uses his “psychic magnetism” power to find Danny in an old casino that had weathered an earthquake, but not the subsequent fire. So many had lost their lives there. When found, Danny is strapped to a chair with a bomb. Because he has a debilitating bone disease, Odd will have to be very careful getting him out of the chair. Problem number 2 is a little bigger. Danny knows the kidnapper, and the reason for the kidnapping. As he doesn’t get out much, Danny had called a sex hot-line, and during one of many conversations, he had let slip Odd’s little secret. His phone-mate, Datura and her two henchman kidnapped him and are using him as bait so that Odd will slip into her trap. It worked.
The Odd Thomas novels, although they usually have a serious plot, are funny. Some parts are laugh-out-loud funny. Odd is such a warm-hearted, meek, and mild hero, that you can’t help but love him, and feel sorry for him at the same time. He is struggling with his “gift”, and now that Stormy is not around, he is struggling with his life.
These are my feel-good books!
Favorite Quotes from Forever Odd:
“The broom wasn’t as comforting as a flamethrower would have been, but it was better than a mop and certainly more threatening than a feather duster.”
“I was looking forward to having a halo. It would make such a convenient reading lamp.”
“If one’s friends do not openly laugh at him, they are not in fact his friends. ”