The Outsider

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER—soon to be an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn

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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Well written.4 star

Couldn’t put it down. 45


What?4 star

This is the first time that I felt compelled to uh, provide constructive criticism. The narrator of this book needs to speak up. Way too soft spoken and overuses a hushed/whispered tone. It was exhausting straining to listen. Audiobooks should be spoken, not whispered. 45


Not Really2 star

I like Stephen King and have been reading his books for several decades. This story bored me. It was as if he couldn't move the story forward. I felt like I kept reading the same thing over and over again. The story could have been condensed. It really wasn't a story that held any suspense or surprises, you knew exactly where it was going. 25


Great read5 star

King’s storytelling is topnotch in this one. Great characters too. 55


A story well told on Unknown entities4 star

Outside is a great read, bringing back the original writing and narrtion style of Mr. King. This kept me up all night giving me the thrills and spins as the horror unfolds to a redemption 45


Great... till the ending...3 star

Similar to the IT ending of killing a shape shifting alien... great read, disappointing ending. 35


The Outsider4 star

Good story, but why do you have to slip in your political views? That is not why I read your books. 45

da Drizzler

Where’s a portal to a land of unspeakable horror when you need one?2 star

Either the evil in Stephen Kings’s books come from our own inner fears or they pop out of a portal from another dimension. This book needed more than a few portals to save it. He broke from his formula as this “evil” came from some Mexican folklore called el churro or something. I’d rather go eat some churros. Stephen King still has more good stuff than most authors can dream about but I’d recommend waiting for his next one, he’ll deliver eventually. 25


Outsider2 star

Great Book with very plain and boring ending that was predictable. It’s like King got tired of writing it and just closed it out to be done with it. 25


Loved it5 star

Loved the connection to bill Hodges 55


Green Mile like story...loved it!4 star

I really loved this story. I’m not a huge fan of the “scare the heck out of you” Stephen King books, but do enjoy his psychological/other world books, and this one did not disappoint. 45

Long legion

King with another “formula” hit4 star

I believe Stephen King can just about write them in his sleep by now! This one had a familiar tale to tell; good cops, not so good cops, private dicks and an evil individual hell bent on destruction of many people. Good guys take a couple losses but win in the end. The supernatural “bad guy” can either stay dead and defeated or can come back for an encore at a later date! 45


The Outsider1 star

Started out good, then got corny. Very juvenile. 15

jackpine lane

The Outsider5 star

One of Mr. Kings very best, though there are so many. Excellent 55


Scary at its best5 star

I’ve heard it before and said by more literate readers than me, but this man keeps getting better and better. His writing partially gains insight with the passage of time and life experience, partly from I don’t know what. There was so much fullness and depth to so many of the characters that the story resonates a reality that I am sure must have touched many readers. I have been reading Mr. King for many many years and have only missed a very few of his works. I have thoroughly enjoyed most of them, however, none more than this work. 55


Not a huge king fan5 star

First things first, I really liked this book! My wife enjoyed it too. That being said I am not a huge fan of steven King.... I know that makes me a huge DB but I think he comes across as being over “wordy” for me. When you read 10 pages and stop to tell yourself that could have been done in 2. I read all of the dark tower series with the exception of the last one (because I just couldn’t push through that one) and thought they were just engaging enough to keep reading. That’s it! This book had a few spots that could have been condensed down but it was still a good read. This book gets you right from the beginning and then twists you up a couple of times before it’s over. This book makes me want to really give king another shot for me! 55


Awesome5 star

The best book I have read in a long time. Could not put it down! King got it perfect this time around and reminded me a lot of his early books. 55


Best book ever5 star

This is the first of many Steven king books that I have read. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It constantly had me thinking of what would happen next. 55


Love5 star

Another amazing novel by the master himself. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and had the urge to pick it back up every time I put it down. I love that Holly is back! 55


Page turner is an understatement5 star

He’s done it again. Loved it. 55

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