You are Destined to Be Together Forever by Dean Koontz
You Are Destined to Be Together Forever by Dean Koontz was published as #6.5 in the series, but is actually #0.5 — a precursor to all the Odd Thomas books.
That being said, I feel it should be read as 6.5 because at the end, it has a blurb about the 7th and final Odd Thomas Book, and there are some people that just can’t resist reading it if it is right there in front of them (shrug).
As well, there isn’t a whole lot to this short story. It takes place, of course, prior to the 1st book, and shows Odd and Stormy on their way to the fair (where they meet the fortune telling Gypsy Mummy), and we learn of their hopes and dreams. On the way to this epic moment, they encounter a dead man with an axe through his skull who wants to introduce Odd to his murderer, at which point Elvis leaves the building.
I’m really not sure the purpose of this book, as this tale could have been told anytime, or not at all. We already knew the gist of the Gypsy Mummy sequence, so we really didn’t learn anything new. Even though I love Odd Thomas, and Dean Koontz’s books, I guess I was disappointed, and this one felt like a money grab, which should be beneath this author.
Favorite Quotes from You are Destined to be Together Forever:
“The stairs creaked. They always creaked when creaking could lead to your death, and they never creaked when creaking didn’t matter.”
“in my haste to escape Kurt’s wrathful spirit, I only considered muscling ahead of the three women, but in fact followed them through the door, down the stairs, and out of the house. Chivalry lives.”
“I will hold her hand at the end, and I will pass soon after, for we are one heart, and neither of us would be of use without the other.”
Re-Read: December 2016
About the Author: DEAN KOONTZ, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.