Many people in Pico Mundo think Odd Thomas is some sort of psychic - perhaps a clairvoyant, a seer, something. None but a handful know that he sees the dead: those with unfinished business and, sometimes, plenty of post-mortem rage.
Odd's sixth sense is alert to the imminence of an event that will change him and his world. Odd's first fears are for Stormy Llewellyn, his one true love. Stormy believes that our passage through this world is intended to toughen us for the next life. She says that if we pass life's tough tests, we will be conscripted into an army of souls engaged in some great mission in the next world. Those who fail simply cease to exist.
In short, Stormy sees this life as boot camp. One of the implications of her cosmology is that the many terrors we know here are an inoculation against worse in the world to come. But the horrors of this world are closing in on her fast, and on countless others too. Odd will have to work quickly and cleverly to save everything that's dear to him.
An original book with memorable characters. Odd is a fry cook in a small town and has a beautiful girlfriend. But he is as different as his name suggests; he sees ghosts. One of my favourite books with an ending you won't forget quickly, even people who aren't fans of Dean Koontz are sure to fall in love with 'Odd Thomas'. Ashleigh