To say that Odd’s life is about to get “odder” is a drastic understatement, as Koontz’s character faces a mind-bending scenario. Odd’s pragmatism and offbeat humor in the face of death and truly hair-raising events help ground this astonishing series. The compact timeline of the books instills a sense of urgency and foreboding for what may lie on the horizon. Spooktacular!
In the little over a year since the events that shattered Odd Thomas’ life and sent him from his Pico Mundo hometown, he has had to grow tougher and make soul-changing decisions. His ability to see shades of the dead comes into play once more when he and his heavily pregnant traveling companion, Annamaria, seek shelter at Roseland, the estate of a reclusive billionaire. Although he doesn’t understand why, Odd knows that his mission is to protect Annamaria from those who are after her and her baby. But what they encounter at Roseland tests the limits of Odd’s survival capabilities — a century of evil run amok! (BANTAM, Aug., 355 pp., $28.00)