The Outsider

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Evil has many faces…maybe even yours in this #1 New York Times bestseller from master storyteller Stephen King.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is discovered in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens—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 have DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying details begin to emerge, King’s 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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Exciting...4 star

Until the end. Left so many questions and felt incomplete 45


Thought it was great!5 star

I loved this book from start to finish. If you don’t already know, characters from Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End Of Watch are featured. If you’re interested, you might start with them first. 55


Worth the Read 100%5 star

Title says it all. King did a great job of making it hard to put this one down. No disappointments whatsoever. Kudos for a great novel. 55


Captivating5 star

Very captivating story. Loved it 55


It was ok3 star

First Half of Book: Phenomenal..very riveting Second Half of Book: Dragged on and on and on Basically I found myself enjoying the “natural” portion of bored with the “supernatural” section FYI: I am a dedicated Stephen King reader, I have read almost all his books; therefore I understand his material. 35

Zendaya The Queen

Here’s the deal4 star

I’m in the middle of the book right now but when I finish it , when the movie comes out this year then imma see it , SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN ! 45


Great!4 star

My second experience with Stephen. I read both The Institute and The Outsider in a little over two weeks. I haven’t actually read a book in a few years. I listen to audio all the time but never seem to have time to sit down and read. Something caught my eye with The Institute and once I started I had a hard time putting it down. As soon as I finished my sister insisted I read this one and it did not disappoint! Again, I had a hard time putting it down. I do have to say that the end had me expecting more. I didn’t believe that the Outsider was really gone and I kept anticipating something else happening. It’s possible he left it that way thinking there may be a sequel. Either way it was good and I couldn’t put it down! Definitely recommend it. On to number three with The Talisman. 45


The Outsider5 star

Although I’ve watched and enjoyed many movies based on Stephen King’s books or short stories, this was the first book I’ve read. It was absolutely wonderful! I’ll be reading more now that I know what a fantastic writer this author is! Just as I’ll always remember Andy and Red from Shawshank Redemption, I’ll always remember the protagonists Holly and Ralph in this book, who kept an open mind to solve the mysteries. The antagonists or outsiders with all their worms will be hard to forget as well. Might keep a sock loaded with ball bearings in the first aid kit - just kidding! King is a brilliant writer! 55


Awesome book!5 star

Great read! 55


Always Guessing5 star

I couldn’t put this book down. The characters and the plot were done perfectly. Whenever I thought everything made sense I was always thrown for a loop. It was the fact that I could never expect what was going to happen next. Awesome writing, I could read it over and over. If you love thrillers I highly recommend this book. 55


Meh3 star

Personally, I thought the deep dive into the main female character was overwrought, repetitive, and contrived. Like yeah, we get it. She’s quirky and lacks confidence. Move on. The story was decent, but somehow unsatisfying. Still, a so-so King book is better than most things you find in the airport newsstand! 35


The Outsider1 star

Boring! What has happened to Mr. King’s imagination? 15

liliputian dwarf reading

Another great book5 star

It isn’t a scary King book but it has all the right characters and the one evil person. It kept my interest throughout but you knew how it was going to end. Excellently written. 55

Foster forever

Stick With It3 star

It takes almost 200 pages before the book gets going. Because it was Stephen King, I stuck it out. It's a great read after the first 200 pages. 35

Rican book lover

The Outsider5 star

Just Stephen King doing Stephen King stuff! Great book! Characterization is outstanding, but don't read if you chew your nails, you'll make them bleed. It's terror without being afraid, it's the not knowing what's going on but kind of peeking at it. It's like when you were a kid and asleep and dreamed that you heard steps and when you opened your eyes could not but did as soon as you closed them again... Yes, terror without knowing why! 55


A real page turner5 star

Once again, King does not disappoint! Well written story that I could not put down. The characters come alive and you feel like you know them. Keep writing 55

Verbose Boss

Like a fine wine...5 star

Like a fine wine Stephen King’s writing just gets better with time. Honestly, it’s been awhile since I’ve read one of his and it’s been a joy. I think Wait to read his books on purpose so I can savor all of the nuances and work he puts into his project. It makes me feel like a kid at Christmas (which is a very weird thing to say about a SK book.) King’s latest is very much a police procedural with a psychological drama twist. And of course, a dab of horror! Seeing as though those genres are favs of mine, I was ecstatic when King started telling his latest story in that style, and he didn’t disappoint. There is just nobody that writes like the intelligent guy-next-door like him. I highly recommend you read this! 55


Let down2 star

Big Stephen king fan, but unfortunately this is not one of his best, great intriguing start that takes a dramatic turn and fizzles and fades into below average fare. 25


Dumbest book2 star

Beginning was so long it continued halfway threw the book needlessly, there was one character noteworthy Holly thank goodness she was interesting. It was nonsense, no suspense, not thrilling, I kept waiting for the big got ya that Never came. Save your money, a long book with nothing to offer but boredom yawn.... 25

Auggie's Man

Great read4 star

When my wife asked me to describe it, was it like the Kennedy novel, the Stand, Green Mile, what? I couldn’t. It’s like the Stand and Green Mile in that the characters are well written and complex and the supernatural isn’t the focus. It shows how people view everything with perspective, and how hard it is to be open to different perspectives. Including that which cannot be explained..... 45

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