Saint Odd by Dean Koontz
Saint Odd by Dean Koontz is the final book in the series. I loved this series.
An unassuming young fry cook who sees ghosts, reeling from the death of his love and craving to be with her, and yet continuing to fight evil in the world until they can meet again. What’s not to love. The fact that we knew his story was coming to an end simply built up the suspense, and the heartache.
We will miss Odd, unless of course Koontz decides to bring him back, which theoretically could be done….
Anyway, Odd Thomas has been away from his home town of Pico Mundo for about two years, being drawn from one horrific battle to the next. He is now being drawn back home, coming full circle, and his first stop is to the abandoned shopping mall where he lost the love of his life, Stormy Llewellyn. There, he encounters more members of the cult which he had just fought. As he travels through the town, he finds that the circus has also returned to town. Where once a gypsy mummy had pronounced that Stormy and he “were destined to be together forever”, the circus grounds now provide Odd with a feeling of impending doom. Between dreams and his “psychic magnetism”, Odd will discover the threat, but there will be a lot of death, and mostly at his hands.
Edie Fischer and her friends will be around to help Odd, and he gets some unexpected assistance from the carnies. But in the end, it is Odd who must save the day.
I enjoyed the series, and I did enjoy this book. Any book that can make me both laugh and cry, deserves to be read (or re-read as the case may be). That being said, there were a few things that left a lot to be desired. For a final book, I would have anticipated more personal interaction between Odd and his friends – the Chief and his wife, Ozzie, and perhaps his old friend/boss Terri. The ending was sweet, but anti-climactic, and seemed a bit rushed. Not all my questions were answered. As well, the lack of his normal “ghosts” or even “Boo” to accompany him seemed a bit of a let down. But overall, a good book and series. Dean Koontz has a talent for words…and if he’s listening…I could handle more Odd in one way or another.
Favorite Quotes from Saint Odd (I could go on and on and on….):
“They say that necessity is the mother of invention, but it is also the grandmother of desperation.”
“I never knew whether I was drawn to eccentric people or if they were drawn to me.”
“Not all wounds are the bleeding kind.”
“I had come to love Mrs. Fischer, to trust her entirely. But at times, our conversations seemed to have come straight from the Mad Hatter’s tea party.”
“In this world, Evil works through countless surrogates. Its name is Legion. But Good works through surrogates, as well, and they are legion, too.”
Re-Read: January 2017
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. He has been acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers.