Brother Odd by Dean Koontz
Brother Odd is the 3rd installment of the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz.
I love this series. Odd Thomas is a kooky young man who sees the dead, and then tries to help them.
Odd has lost Stormy Llewellyn, the love of his life, even though he was assured they would always be together by a fortune telling machine. He is heartbroken. He is seeking peace. So he is living in the halls of St. Bartholomew’s Abbey, an isolated monastery, housing eccentric monks, and others who are trying to find their way. There is also a convent on the grounds, where abandoned children are being taught by the nuns. Odd still sees Elvis, and he has made friends with the resident dog Boo, as well as the monks. The Mother Superior and a couple of the monks are aware of his ability to commune with the dead. They are hoping he can help Brother Constantine who was found hanging from the bell tower earlier this year. On the whole, Odd is fairly content.
The only one he’s not fond of is Romanovich, another visitor such as himself. He doesn’t quite trust him, and can’t figure out why he is at St. Bartholomew’s. And then the bodachs show up. These shady apparitions are a precursor to death and disaster, and Odd plans on keeping everyone safe, although he may need some help. More than Brother Constantine is haunting this abbey.
Dean Koontz has created a character anyone can love. Odd is quirky, loving, and very funny.
Favorite Quotes from Brother Odd:
“Even when God is your co-pilot, it pays to pack a parachute.”
“When we hope, we usually hope for the wrong thing.”
“You can’t fix things with a hug, but you can’t make them any worse either.”