Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book Review: Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

Book: Forever Odd by Dean Koontz
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Rating: ★★★★☆
For: Fun
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.

Other Reviews:

Prairie Horizons
Annotation Nation
Bloodstained Book Reviews


  1. You have no idea how happy this makes me! I'm so glad you liked it and found it as gripping as I did. Wasn't the suspense nonstop?! Oh, I loved it! I want to reread them all in preparation of the fifth one coming out at the end of the month but the time, the time!

  2. LOVED this book, though not quite as much as Odd Thomas. (The villain in this one made me want to laugh because she seemed sad and pathetic.) Now I'm doing Brother Odd, and I'm hoping it's great!

  3. I think Koontz is an EXTREMELY talented writer (English needs a word for someone who doesn't just create stories, but creates poetry w/in those stories as well) who doesn't get the respect he deserves because of his genre.

  4. I'm having the hardest time remembering if I've read this one or not. I'm pretty sure that I have but reading your review made me realize that I don't remember hardly anything from the book. I think that I liked this book but I'm not sure why I never continued on with the next one. Maybe I'll go back and reread these before moving on. Thanks for reminding me about it :)



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