Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas

By Dean Koontz

  • Release Date: 2004-08-16
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 139 Ratings
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The 400 million copy worldwide bestseller Dean Koontz is at his very best in this critically-acclaimed page-turner – soon to be a major motion picture. Find out why Odd Thomas is the master storyteller’s most-loved creation.

Odd by name, a hero by nature.

He’s Odd. Odd Thomas, to be precise. Genius fry-cook at the Pico Mundo grill; boyfriend to the gorgeous Stormy Llewellyn – and possibly the only person with a chance of stopping one of the worst crimes in the bloody history of murder…

Something evil has come to the desert town that Odd and Stormy call home. It comes in the form of a mysterious man with a macabre appetite, a filing cabinet full of information on the world’s worst killers, and strange, hyena-like shadows following him wherever he goes. Odd is worried. He knows things, sees things – about the living, the dead and the soon to be dead. Things that he has to act on. Now he’s terrified for Stormy, himself and Pico Mundo. Because he knows that on Wednesday August 15, a savage, blood-soaked whirlwind of violence and murder will devastate the town.

Today is August 14. And Odd is far from sure he can stop the coming storm…


‘Odd Thomas is a page-turner – a read-at-a-sitting novel – with a terrific final twist’ Observer

‘Odd Thomas is one of his finest books, and Odd himself is a superb character’ Independent

‘Tension is the name of Koontz’s ghoulish game’ Mirror

‘The action is intense’ Guardian

About the author

Dean Koontz is the author of more than a dozen New York Times No.1 bestsellers. His books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide, a figure that increases by more than 17 million copies per year, and his work is published in 38 languages. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and lives with his wife Gerda and their dog Anna in southern California.



    By Fan of Darth
    First published back in 2004, Volume One of the Odd Thomas series has deservedly earned the title of Supernatural Classic. Describing the book’s plot to a friend who is not overly familiar with either Dean Koontz or the horror genre, she quickly surmised the book to be a mystery. And it is, sort of. But not really. It all boils down to the fact that Odd Thomas can see dead people. But as Mr Koontz says in his own words, "... he [Odd] actually DOES something about it...”. It is a good thing, therefore, as an incredibly bold (or is that naive?) twenty one year old, that he has strong connections with the town Sheriff. And that in the context of this story, his girlfriend - Stormy Lleweyn - is the niece of the village Catholic Priest. As i approach the halfway mark, I am yet to meet the entire cast of characters, but those that have been introduced to the reader are full of depth, humour, intelligence and to summarise, are all beautifully and immaculately presented. My favourite is the amateur mystery novelist Ollie, who is so overweight that the term “obese” does not even fit his literary persona. But what an amazingly intellectual mind he has! And with such friendship and plutonic love he holds for Odd, he is almost like the Father Odd never knew. There is a plethora of supporting characters, too, which are a joy to meet, but I won’t ruin the surprise for any of those that have not completed this supernatural fantasy by mentioning them gere. But brace yourself. *grins* And speaking of the bad guys - which I wasn’t - but I am now - they too are as delightful and fun to read about as they were for Mr Koontz to write about. The main antagonist for Odd is a “gentleman” called the Fungus Man - who not only turns out to be a devoted follower of some of the most evil men in history but also possesses the rare (and unwanted) talent of attracting sentient voids of the universe (aka “bodachs”) just about anywhere he goes. And of course the Fungus Man has an almost supernatural ability to “be” just about anywhere he “needs” to be virtually at will. For readers who are interested, there are a couple of phrases inserted into the body of the book that could almost be described as Mr Koontz being autobiographical. For example, taken from location 1504 of the kindle version: “Ozzie’s success doesn’t in the least surprise me. He likes people and he listens to them, and that love of humanity shines out of his pages.” The quintessential Koontzanism? I think so. So what is the book really about? Is it a standalone novel? Or merely the prologue to arguably the first and greatest supernatural fantasy series of all time? Well in my opinion, it is both. Clearly the Fungus Man must be stopped. He is bad. Odd Thomas (and his small army of friends) represent the forces of good in the tiny town of Pico Mundo and they will (of course) do their darnedest to protect its integrity. So our role as readers, of course, is to sit on the sidelines, cheer on the good guys, and hope for the outcome we all want. Because if Mr Odd fails to overcome the invading evil and achieve his destiny, how on earth is Mr Koontz going to write eight more fantastic books to read? I hereby award this book a very solid four stars, despite its status as the opening stanza to a legendary series. I cant wait to see how this story finishes, and of course i can’t wait to get my bands on the rest of the books and start devouring them like a vampire devouring virginal blood. But just don’t let Odd Thomas see me! BFN Greggorio!
  • Well worth reading

    By Alexi198825
    I admit I shed a tear... Did not put this book down at all! Every time I thought I should take a break something ended up surprising me, draws you in without you even realising because of the plot twists
  • Great read

    By Shellybell11
    I actually liked this book despite the face it was hard going at times. This is the first book by this author I've read so it may be his style, but I found a lot of the scenes over-described, and I could speed read over a few pages and still follow the plot. I did love the characters though, and enjoyed the ending
  • Odd one

    By Mareeshana
    Stormy is a joy.... Odd is Awesome... Together they are a breath of fresh air, no matter what.... Love you guys Maree
  • Oddly entertaining

    By K I beck
    I have been a massive koontz fan for 20 years. I feel compelled to write a review because odd Thomas is my new favourite koontz book. I love the warmth of the characters, and was laughing out loud in several parts. His prose is inspiring - I could read this book over and over. I think if you enjoyed watchers you will like this one!
  • Odd Thomas

    By Odd Lover
    I have loved reading Mr Koontz books for 20 years, Odd Thomas was a bonus Ebook with 77 Shadow Street, Loved it!!!!! Just purchased the whole series.
  • Not the Dean Koontz I'm used to, yet...

    By DwengerFamily
    I was hooked on Dean Koontz when I first read Lightning when I was sixteen and have been an avid reader ever since. This book, to me, was a little different from the earlier ones I was used to, but still found it quite a good read.