Sunday, March 1, 2015

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz

Thar be spoilers.......

This is the last in the Odd Thomas series and that makes me sad. I started reading this on February 14th and just finished it today. There's a reason it took me this long to read a book that I've been anticipating for a while now (and a reason I actually went past the library due date - sorry next person in line!).

As I started reading this and Odd was heading back to Pico Mundo in an attempt to stop another horrific mass murder (think the mall massacre where Stormy was killed - but bigger), I started slowing down my reading. Odd is convinced this is his last stand and that the fortune teller card that he and Stormy got at the carnival will finally be fulfilled (You are destined to be together forever).

The more Odd knew that his time was over, the less I wanted to read it. Not because it was a bad story, not at all. Because I didn't want this to end. Based on the title of the book, Odd was going to die and I didn't want to let him go just yet.

So I drew this out.

And lingered.

Odd was being chased (aka hunted) by cultists who wanted him out of the way of their plans. Knowing that Odd was not going to make it to the end, I kept wondering if every chase, every encounter, would be his last. He made it in time to stop the terror moments before it was unleashed... this is true.

But in the final moments, Odd was shot and killed.

My heart broke.

Even though the book cover says it's the last in the series, based on how it ended, I'm hopeful for more adventures, just not adventures in THIS world.

RIP Odd Thomas.