The Outsider


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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Classic Page Turner5 star

Reminded me of IT. I love the character development, the entire plot, and the sensory writing. Ugh I want more haha! 55


A non stop read5 star

Very entertaining and one of those books I find hard to put down with very colorful characters and one weird villain 55

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The outsider2 star

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. 25


Disappointed3 star

Oddly disappointed, I love all things King and I struggled to finish this one. 35

Knit Nammy

Another hit for Stephen King!5 star

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. 55


Ok3 star

It’s ok. King has written many terrific books over the years. Books that were very hard to put down. Books that were scary or thrilling. This is not one of them. You get the feeling that he coasted through this one. Well, he did. 35


The Outsider4 star

I love everything that Stephen King writes, and The Outsider was no exception. There were some nice surprises in there that I enjoyed, yet wasn’t expecting. I gave it four stars, which is not a knock against the story at all, I just need to save that extra star for the epic stories that I really love: IT, The Dark Tower, Under the Dome, The Green absolute favorites. 45

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The Outsider5 star

This book starts out like a serial killer story. Personally I thought “the killer has to have a twin”. Silly me. This is Stephen King ! What a read from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down. Thanks Stephen for scaring the bejesus out of me! Love it 55


The Outsider5 star

I’m an Oklahoman who is living in California. You got it pretty good for a fella from Maine. I loved this story & the characters and the ensemble interaction. Just wanted you to know that my favorite thus far of all your stories has always been “The Stand”. The Outsider is my other favorite. Now. Thanks. Sincerely Dann Cox 55


The Outsider5 star

Could not put this book down. Wow! Not sure I got my money’s worth. Read it 48 hours. 😂 Wow! 55

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