Book: Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
From: Jenny gave this one to me for my birthday... I think it was!
I may have mentioned before how much my IRL friend and reading buddy Jenny loves this character... Odd Thomas. She strongly persuaded me to read the first book awhile back and I must say, I caught the appeal! What a dude! So I've been anxious to catch up with his continuing story in this second book.
We start off shortly after the first book ended, and it ended with quite the traumatic event in Odd's life. In fact, I'm surprised he's really even functioning on any level at all. But like the trooper he is, he is still out there helping to solve crimes and working closely with the police....thanks to his special gift.
The book opens with a familiar guy in the town coming to him for help. There's been a grisly murder, and as bad as that is, the thing that upsets Odd the most is that his very good, yet disabled, friend has been kidnapped. The rest of the book is his quest to find and rescue this friend, and that takes him on an adventure like you wouldn't believe!
I was gripping the pages pretty much throughout! What a ride. I may have forgotten to breathe a few times too. This kid is so sweet and nice and subtly funny, that you can't help but love him. And in loving him, you find yourself very invested in his well being! Then he goes and puts himself in some pretty major peril! Thus we have the breath-holding, page-gripping moments!
The writing is very fun and easy too. I would have never thought I would enjoy an author such as this one. There's my book snobbery coming out, but definitely not an author I would have picked up on my own. And THIS is why we talk books with people and branch out and read different things!
Bottom line: I really enjoyed it a lot.
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