Written by: Wesley Thomas
Koontz books are like an old friend, one who regardless of how rare it is you see them, conversation is never awkward and you never lose that chemistry. You can always go back to a Koontz book with the guarantee of a great ride, and ‘Odd Interlude’ is no exception!
The protagonist is a peculiar character with a special ability of a psychic nature. We explore his mind and astounding thoughts. His unique talent, part of which allows a knowledge of the future, concocts a distant echo of worry that inevitably escalates into fear.
The characters are as crazy as the journey itself. With Anne Marie who communicates with Odd in riddles and puzzles, making every form of contact between the two utterly riveting. Her opinion of the world and the method in its madness is truly engrossing. There is the dog Raphael, who is characterized so uncannily, that you comprehend it has more brain activity than most humans. With its keen perceptions and great compassion you are powerless to refuse a relationship with one of man’s best friends. The other dog however, instils an unusual feeling, as the other dog is a ghost.
Its cavalier attitude of walking through doors and disappearing in the blink of an eye is unnerving, yet enticing. An eternal sorrow is cemented into our minds for Jolie and the predicament she is trapped in, which brings to life an even greater need to read on, and for her fate to be learnt.
Information is delivered gradually, building relentless taste for more details. We as readers feel self-satisfaction when uncovering the truth, removing the veil and solving the mystery is a strong reason why millions of people read. The nature of his writing obliges you to read onwards, as there are so many loose wires, you would despise missing a clue that would merge them together in an electrical epiphany.
The writing resembles fine poetry as each ambiguous word is followed by a cryptic outline of events.
The plot can be compared to that of a game of dominoes. How the first domino is tapped creating an explosion of collapses each causing a path of rapid movement, has a likeness to how Odd Interlude unfolds. Each clue seems to unravel another, and another, building in the speed of time between discoveries and the location of each strand of further evidence being strongly suggested. This careens the story into unthinkable madness, hidden chaos, and a mission to save the fates of several helpless victims.
The penultimate section leading to the book’s conclusion can only be described as spellbinding yet horrific. The end is near, the loose sheets of paper are being arranged in a chronological order as the pieces of the puzzle begin to make sense, and the suspected evil is so much more inhuman and unimaginably sadistic than you could possibly conceive.
The last thirty pages are the most gripping passage to a book I have ever absorbed, you are wholly drawn in, but a part of you dare not stop reading as you fear the slimy foe may leap from the pages and attack you, due to the superb delineations of the ultimate villain.
The two storylines towards the ending are both equally engaging, so much so that the switching between them is a cruel torment to our fictional yearnings.
The only two problems with this book, that wage a war within you, are, one, you don’t want to stop reading as it is competently hypnotizing, but two, you don’t want the journey to be over either.
When you have read the book you are grateful for such an immense experience, but slightly mournful that the trek is over. Technically neither of these are problems with the book, just proof of how indescribably excellent Koontz work is!
The last few pages are profoundly emotional, but yet he provokes a hunger for more tales of Odd Thomas and the adventures that await him.
This was a frightening read, with loveable characters, a merciless plot, graphically pronounced portrayals of everything, but most of all an excursion that summons a deep, lasting bond with the reader.