SAINT ODD BY DEAN KOONTZ
HARPERCOLLINS (HARDBACK), 2015
THIS BOOK IS PART OF MY POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2015 (HTTP://WWW.POPSUGAR.COM/LOVE/READING-CHALLENGE-2015-36071458). THE CATEGORY FOR THIS BOOK IS ‘A BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR’.
I CHOSE TO READ THIS SIMPLY BECAUSE I KNEW I WAS GOING TO GET A COPY AND IT WAS BEING PUBLISHED IN 2015.
I WON MY COPY ON A GIVEAWAY ON GOOOD READS.
BLURB FROM THE COVER
The future is haunting Odd Thomas.
The carnival has returned to Pico Mundo, the same one that came to town when Odd was just sixteen. Odd is drawn to an arcade tent where he discovers Gypsy Mummy, the fortune-telling machine that told him that he and Stormy Llewellyn were destined to be together forever.
But Stormy is dead and Pico Mundo is under threat once more. History seems to be repeating itself as Odd grapples with a satanic cult intent on bringing destruction to his town. An unseasonal storm is brewing, and as the sky darkens and the sun turns blood-red, it seems that all of nature is complicit in their plans.
Meanwhile Odd is having dreams of a drowned Pico Mundo, where the submerged streetlamps eerily light the streets. But there’s no way Pico Mundo could wind up underwater . . . could it?
Alone in the vastness of the Mojave, at two o’clock in the morning, racing along at seventy miles per hour, I felt safe and believed that whatever terror might await me was yet many miles ahead. This would not be the first time in my strange life that safety proved to be an illusion.
Dean Koontz was one of my favourite writers when I was younger. He fell out of favour when I read the last three awful novels in his Frankenstein series. He’s started to work his way back into my good books with some great books. I’m a huge fan of the Odd Thomas series.
I really enjoyed Saint Odd. I thought it was a great conclusion to a good series. The ending is predictable in that it’s been hinted at for several books and Odd has stated several times how things will play out. Unusually so, this doesn’t lessen the impact of what happens. I still wept buckets. If I have anything negative to say about Saint Odd it’s that the pacing is a little off. It seemed to take forever to get anywhere. Pages and pages involved Odd meandering aimlessly around. The action doesn’t kick off until forty-odd chapters in. Another thing I didn’t like is that Annamaria’s purpose is still very unknown. She’s been Odd’s mysterious companion for several books now and by the end of Saint Odd there’s still a big question mark hanging over her. I thought that was sloppy. Saint Odd was enjoyable but is never quite as good as some books in the series such as Forever Odd or Brother Odd.