Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, 399 pages
Odd Thomas is just an ordinary guy who works as a short order cook at the local grill. The only thing that is remotely different about Odd, aside from his name, is that he can see ghosts, which he tries to help pass into whatever the next life holds for them. Occasionally Odd's powers help him to prevent tragedy from striking the small town that he calls home. When a mysterious man comes into town Odd senses something very wrong with him, first off he is being followed by shades that feed on suffering, and he just happens to have a cabinet full of research on the world's worst murderers. The most disturbing thing though is the page ripped from a calender for August 15, leaving Odd only twenty four hours to figure how to avert a catastrophe that could leave hundreds of people dead.
The main reason I picked up this book was because I thought the movie adaptation was pretty good, and wanted to see if the books were just as good. That being said I think the book was easily as good as the movie, possibly a little bit better in some parts. I enjoyed this book and am now looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, as I am hoping they are just as good.