Recommended Book: Odd Hours by Dean Koontz

  • Odd Hours (Odd Thomas #4)Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 648 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • Sold by: Amazon UKAmazon US
  • Official Dean Koontz website


Odd Thomas lives always between two worlds.

He can see the lingering dead and knows that even in the chaos, there is order, purpose, and strange meaning that invites our understanding – but often thwarts it.

Intuition has brought Odd Thomas to the quaint town of Magic Beach on the California coast. As he waits to learn why he has been drawn here, he finds work as cook and assistant to a once-famous film actor who, at eighty, has become an eccentric with as long a list of fears as he has stories about Hollywood’s golden days.

Odd is having dreams of a red tide, vague but worrisome. By day he senses a free-floating fear in the air of the town, as if unleashed by the crashing waves. But nothing Prepares him for the hard truth of what he will discover as he comes face to face with a form of evil that will test him as never before…

My Rating: ★★★★ (4 out of 5)

My Review

This is the fourth book in the Odd Thomas series. I read this out of sequence as I read the Odd Interlude before this fourth full novel length instalment.

Don’t be a hero. Don’t make the same mistake. Odd Interlude FOLLOWS this book, Odd Hours. There. Customer service work is complete. 🙂

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Odd Thomas is one of those characters. One of those narratives that just hits the right note for this reader. Within a few paragraphs, I’m back in familiar territory and comfort, ready to read the latest adventures of this paranormal short-order cook.

Sure, he can see things the rest of us can’t. He can also use a great turn of phrase to make you laugh in the face of adversity. The plot for this book is grand, but on a small stage. Another first person narrative bringing you into Odd’s world and it works around the storyline.

I just hope the problems that have plagued the film of the first book is sorted so I can see how this character pans out on the big screen.

This is a series I hope will run and run.

Says it all me thinks.

About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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8 Responses to Recommended Book: Odd Hours by Dean Koontz

  1. Thanks for the review, Pete. I am not a regular fan of Dean Koontz, but I just might have to give this one a read.

    • Pete Denton says:

      I used to read a lot of his books, but drifted off until the Odd Thomas series arrived. If you have a Kindle you could download the sample of the first and see if it hits the right notes 🙂

  2. jmmcdowell says:

    Not a series I’m familiar with, but Odd Thomas sounds like an interesting character. Thanks for the introduction!

  3. Kourtney Heintz says:

    Sounds like a great series to fall into! Thanks for the heads up on the reading sequence. 🙂

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