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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Great, up to a point.3 star

I thought the first 200 or 300 pages was Stephen King at his best. His first attempt at crime fiction and it’s brilliant. Then, the book turns into something else entirely, something I don’t love, and a supernatural element is introduced that just did not work for me. So, just a three star rating for me. 35

RocK_sTaR 101

Outstanding!5 star

Mr. King is still the scariest Author out there! Unique in Turner from beginning to end.. 55


One of memorable books I have read.5 star

The story is very interesting. I am glad that HBO is making a series based on this book. Looking forward to it. 55


the best5 star

literally the greatest book i’ve ever read. it is full of suspense, and will get you hanging off the edge of your seat. 55


Couldn’t put it down.5 star

Great book👍. Not a big reader, but couldn’t stop reading this book. 55


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


The outsider5 star

I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. King’s book, especially how he tied in the character “Holly” from previous books. 55


Last 1/3 of book is a disappointment4 star

I love Stephen King’s book and was really disappointed when he took 10 years off from writing fantastic novels to just writing so-so novels (The Dark Night Years). Starting with 1963, I believe he made a real comeback and I’ve loved all his books again since then. The Outsider started out great and built up to be a fantastic story combined with King bringing in characters from his other recent novels. The story was amazing, the plot fantastic and then… like so many other authors these days you can feel a turning point in the book when he realized he had to work toward the finish point and he rushed the reader through a long series of explanations way certain things had happened in the book. With it, he took the story-writing away and finished the book with a dry and unsatisfying rush toward its conclusion. This storyline, plot and carefully crafted group of characters deserved way more from King and for the first time in about 10-15 years I’m disappointed in one of his novels. I sincerely hope he picks up from here with his next book serving as a better example of his skills. 45


Not disappointed4 star

Excellent book 👍🏼 45


He’s Back!5 star

This is the old Stephen King I grew up on. 55


Crime Meets Horror5 star

I can’t put this book down, which means, you should pick this book up!!! This novel takes you on an INSANE train ride straight from page one onward and it doesn’t stop until it’s derailed and gone off a cliff. 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

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