Forever Odd. Dean Koontz.

Forever Odd.
Dean Koontz

This is the first Koontz novel I’ve read since my teenage fascination with him.  It centeres on a boy who can see ghosts–and they can see him.  This is the second in the series; Koontz does not often write series, and as a sequel, this one is flawed by too many references to the first.

Odd’s best friend has brittle bone syndrome and is kidnapped by a psycho woman obsessed with the occult.  Unfortunately, Odd’s friend revealed his (Odd’s) ability to see the dead.  Odd must follow them to a burned-out casino and then kide/kill/run for his life.

There is nothing really of interest here save a few good scenes.  Koontz uses cheap narrative tricks to get out of corners into which he has written himself (for example, Odd is about to be killed by a huge bad guy while trapped in a storm drain–he’s at the end of the line & blacks out, only to wake up and somehow he’s back on the survace and the bad guy is dead.)

Perhaps I should not re-read my favorite Koontz novels of my youth, but let them stand in my memory better than they may be in reality.