Odd Thomas #2 Odd for Evigt
Title: Forever Odd
Series: Odd Thomas #2
Author: Dean Koontz
Published in English: 2005
Dansk titel: Odd for evigt
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2006
Finished Reading: May 2020
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
I see dead people. But then, by God, I do something about it.
Odd Thomas never asked for his special ability. He’s just an ordinary guy trying to live a quiet life in the small desert town of Pico Mundo. Yet he feels an obligation to do right by his otherworldly confidants, and that’s why he’s won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death. But when a childhood friend disappears, Odd discovers something worse than a dead body and embarks on a heart-stopping battle of will and wits with an enemy of exceptional cunning. In the hours to come there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope.
The second one in the Odd series. Hm. At first, the book had an interesting plot, great, if not the best supporting character and I was certain it was going to be a blast. It took a turn for the worse. I didn’t like how drastically of a change the plot took.
I have a few issues with this book and all reasons why this was a much weaker book than the first, which I still think should have been a standalone.
I believe we get to know Odd Thomas really well in the first book. We know he is a virgin, he loves Stormy more than life itself and he states everyone who knows about his gift and how much they know. Then out of nowhere we get to meet Odd’s lifelong friend, whom apparently has been like a brother to Odd nearly his entire life, and get this, Danny knows about the gift, actually I’d go so far as to say, he knows everything about it. Plot holes are the worst. Moreover, this tells me that Koontz never had intended for a second book.
Unlike the first, we don’t really have any supernatural added to the book. This was more a tale of survival. The ghosts that do appear seem like a cheap rip off from the first and is nothing we haven’t seen before.
The book seems to be in a stall. For the first part of the book Odd is looking for the place to find his beloved Danny, the second part he is finding a way to leave the place. It’s all very stall. Nothing exciting happens unfortunately!
I wasn’t a fan of the “Bad Guy” in the book. It seemed a little too twisted for my taste. Datura was very unlikeable. She was poorly thought-out and plain ridiculous. The way Odd ends up finishing these villains off is just silly.
I’m torn with the grade to be honest.
On one hand it was ridiculous but Odd is just lovely. I’m going to see what the third book is about, but my hopes aren’t high.