The Outsider

The Outsider

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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781501180989
Characteristics: 561 pages ;,25 cm


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Jun 17, 2018

Yes! Another favorite for my shelf. Stephen King put out another fabulous book just the way I like it -- almost too much for me to handle with superb writing. He pulled no stops and even snuck in his weird creepy humor... this one caught me and I had to read it a couple times just to enjoy the laugh.

"The respirator wheezed. Fred Peterson’s chest rose and fell. Every now and then he made a thick noise that sounded weirdly like a chuckle. As if it were all a cosmic joke, but you had to be in a coma to get it."

I loved coming across the Happy Slapper and Holly again too. Any mention of Bill Hodges brightens my day, and I absolutely loved how this story intertwined with Holly and Finders Keepers.

...there was this one part that I am dying to share but can't...just read it!

debwalker Jun 13, 2018

King back on form.

Jun 12, 2018

Enjoyed the first half but had to push myself to finish. The middle seemed to drag on.

Jun 05, 2018

Crazy Roller Coaster Ride.

How do I start?
This is Mr. King's rebound novel after Sleeping Beauties, and in typical Stephen King fashion, your emotions go places you didn't realize they could.

Starting out this is a pretty straight forward "who did it" type story until you realize Mr. King now has to explain how someone can be in 2 different places at the same time. I think we all wish at times we could do that, but trust me, not in this way.
An unthinkable crime was committed, not one for the weak stomach people.
This opens up a slew of events making you think you are on the verge of figuring out what just happened.
But, you don't.

Three quarters of the novel are exciting, edge of your seat enjoyable, with a couple of different false endings.
Then Mr. King decides to be Mr. King.
He's going to make you wait for the finale.

This could have very well been 150 pages shorter, and great. I found myself drudging through the final 100 pages, looking at the page number, counting down in my head how many more pages I had left.
A couple of the action scenes during those final pages were good, but the rest seemed like too much overkill, preventing me from giving this 5 stars.

May 31, 2018

Loved it!!! Stephen King does it again! Quick read but it kept me entertained right til the end! A favourite character of mine is in this book so I was really excited! Well worth the read....very good book!

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