You know, when I first started reading this series from the beginning - I thought I'd stumbled onto something interesting. This book is professed to be Dean Koontz's masterpiece with a cult following. I didn't even know they made a movie of this, which I had stated he should have done in my review of the original book in the series. I enjoyed the original Odd Thomas book enough to think that I wanted to read the next in the series. Then I had enjoyed that one, Forever Odd, so I went on to the next, Brother Odd. For me, at least, that is where this series started to go downhill.
I'm not sure why it took so long for me to realize that I'm one of the few people reading this series who doesn't find Odd's world all that mesmerizing. I have expressed a fondness for Odd's character in that he's cute in a boy-scout sort of way, but after five books of having to listen to his self-deprecating philosophies and cynicism, not to mention having to sit through the most boring and pointless dialogue from one moronic character to the next, and the overall slow and overly analogous storytelling, I just don't why I'm still reading this.
This story in particular did nothing to change my overall indifference to the series. It started out absurd and ended only a little less absurd. Honestly, I can't see how to review this without giving what little plot there is away. If you're looking for a general overview, the story info gives that much. To tell anything more than that really does tread on spoiler territory (which some of the other reviewers seemed to have already done). But I will say that I couldn't stand the pretext that a man with everything to hide would willingly invite boarders into his home simply because he was so beguiled by Annamaria, who we're supposed to buy is so magnetic in her plainness that she can get any person or creature to do her bidding by solemn word alone - get real. I don't know who I dislike hearing about more - her or Stormy. Both are enigma's in Odd's world and I just don't get his fascination for one and his adoration for the other.
The only thing that forced me through this book was the change in Odd's demeanor that everyone kept alluding to in the other reviews. I might be in the minority on this, but I'm not at all turned off by Odd's new hard edge. Why is everyone so put off by Odd packing a gun? Given the threat in this book, how would you expect him to handle it - with his bare hands? Sorry - apparently, Odd lacks Annamarie's much unfounded charm. And if that doesn't get him off the hook, then how about the fact that the man's circumstances have grown a lot darker since the events that made him leave Pico Mundo. It's a dangerous world out there and going around telling people he's just a fry-cook with a mean pancake recipe isn't going to save his ass anymore. So I welcome the change. Frankly, I think his character could use a bit of tweaking. Now, go ahead and throw your tomatoes if you disagree - I'll just dodge them anyway.
I'll go onto the next and last in the series simply because I can't not read it after having come this far in the series. I'm still waiting to find out Odd's ultimate fate.