The Outsider - Stephen King

The Outsider

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 406 Ratings


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.

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  • Page turner is an understatement

    He’s done it again. Loved it.
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  • He can’t stop scaring us

    By Lotrgirl
    I love this book. It was different but still had familiar Stephen King-esque protagonists and antagonists. The plot is semi-predictable but never seems boring.
  • Wow

    By JCCordes
    Mr. King may be the best ever. No one can grab you and not let go with so few words as he. He paints pictures in your mind and makes you FEEL what his characters feel. You hear the sounds and smell the smells. Mr. King, how do you do it?
  • The Outsider

    By M reader
    Story takes a while to turn quirky. The outsider, that is the supposed to be the unnerving character of the book, seems to develop in the story as if an amateur author wrote the story. Not your typical Steven King story that draws you in and won’t let go.
  • Classic Page Turner

    By Childpleaseee
    Reminded me of IT. I love the character development, the entire plot, and the sensory writing. Ugh I want more haha!
  • A non stop read

    By G'Dad12
    Very entertaining and one of those books I find hard to put down with very colorful characters and one weird villain
  • The outsider

    By x -woman
    Boring. Not one of his best. Halfway thru nothing still had happened. I almost stopped reading it, but since I am OCD about finishing books I read it till the end. If you expect it to be scary , it’s not, if you expect great supernatural suspense , there really isn’t any. Read one his older books.
  • Disappointed

    By Nerfball
    Oddly disappointed, I love all things King and I struggled to finish this one.
  • Another hit for Stephen King!

    By Knit Nammy
    My favorite Stephen King novel is, and always will be, 11/22/63, therefore, I compare each new novel to that gem of a book. That said, The Outsider is a winner, one I started and couldn’t put down. Extremely well developed characters and a mystery that begins unlike other King books has one thinking this book will be “straight;” i.e., not horror genre. There are surprises in store as the story develops, as each chapter pops them out of nowhere. One surprise has Holly Gibney, of Mr. Mercedes trilogy fame in a return appearance and lovable as always. The only downside is waiting for the next Stephen King book but that’s been so since I read Salem’s lot MANY years ago. Loved The Outsider, Mr. King. As always, thank you for another great read.
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