The Outsider

The Outsider

Book - 2018
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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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BPLpicks May 13, 2019

If you’re not squeamish you will like this story. The local baseball coach, a teacher, husband and devoted father has been accused of a horrific crime. A young boy violated and then brutally murdered. He has an iron clad alibi or does he? Can someone be in two places at the same time or does he have a twin no one is aware of. If you were a fan of Mr. Mercedes you no doubt enjoyed the character of Holly Gibney she is back in this novel, her willingness to believe in things no one else does leads the investigation team to a series of unsolved murders. Follow them down a dark twisted path as they work together to solve this paranormal mystery.

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jontalk
Apr 06, 2019

I'm not an avid Stephen King reader due to the violence and horror; books like the Green Mile are more to my liking. That said, this story was interesting due to the 'outsider' element along with the suspense. Of all characters, Holly was my favorite :) I enjoyed it but can't say its the best story I've ever read. As the saying goes, 'each to their own'

One of my favorite books by Stephen King! I'd recommend to anyone who likes mysteries or crime fiction, but with a hint of supernatural to keep things interesting. Know that it does have some violent and disturbing scenes (it is King, after all), but the 'whodunit' is so compelling that you'll keep reading. Loved it.

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MHanover10
Feb 03, 2019

Classic creepy Stephen King. I really enjoyed this. I'm thinking it might have scared me more if I hare read a printed version at night. I listened to it at work and it was still creepy. Stephen King never disappoints. This could make an interesting movie.

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brudadoug
Jan 23, 2019

This is the first King book that I have enjoyed in almost 20 years...I was halfway through it thinking that it was a typical crime mystery and then BANG...it started getting scary. It reminded me of the GOOD Stephen King stories that I read growing up.

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zenjay
Jan 14, 2019

A gripping plot with unpredictable twists and turns, although the ending is reminiscent of many other King stories. Graphic crime scenes are disturbing but sensitively handled. As always, King writes about characters perceptively and empathically, enabling readers to immerse themselves in the story.

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jaxsrose
Jan 07, 2019

I haven't read a Stephen King book in a while and this reminded me why I've liked so many of his books. I liked the characters and the storyline. It was a book I had a hard time putting down as I wanted to find out how it was all going to come together and how it would end.

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dagny49
Dec 04, 2018

Goodreads "best book 2018"

LPL_LeahN Nov 17, 2018

When a small town hero is accused of an unspeakable crime, and all signs point to his guilt, detective Ralph Anderson and his cohorts in law enforcement think they have a slam dunk case. But Terry Maitland steadfastly proclaims his innocence, and new information emerges that casts the investigation into creepy, inexplicable doubt.

Called a "throwback thriller", this is certainly a return to King's roots of eerie supernatural horror, complemented by fleshed out characters you get to know very well. Eventually you have a group of adults trying to wrap their minds around the impossible, the supernatural, the concept of "no end to the universe", and their journey to do that together reminded me a little of IT.

This is classic King and I love, love, LOVE it!

JessicaGma Nov 14, 2018

I thought this was a pretty good Stephen King as it tips its hat to the police procedural trilogy from a few years ago (which I didn't hate but found flat at times) and has the weird circumstantial evidence that Terry Maitland was both there and not there at a kid's murder. Add in small town mob justice, a sprinkle of weird stuff, and some out of the box thinking, and you have a solid read.

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fiacono2
Dec 21, 2018

good sci fi about a "monster" doppelganger who kills children, and leaves the original person to deal with the crime. Very well constructed, big book but read it fast. happy with the ending

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