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.
Well, well, it looks like our favorite horror writer, Stephen King still has it. It’s been a while since I read one of his books that really held onto me as this one did. From the first page, King had me alert and ready to shred right into this story, and I was literally on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what was going to happen next. A boatload of people have reviewed this book already and it’s only one day out. Noted, King doesn’t need any help from me in promoting his book but I just had to get all this out and off my chest.
The Outsider starts out being a very puzzling murder mystery, a horrific crime, the rape, and murder of an 11-year-old boy, which is extremely graphic so beware of that part. The thing is, however, Maitland, the man accused, has a convincing alibi, along with other entire groups of very reliable witnesses. So just how could he have been in two places at the same time? Every single piece of evidence points directly to this one man, who supposedly has an airtight alibi that puts him hours away when the crime was actually committed. Did he construct this perfect and solid alibi for himself? Is Maitland an innocent man being accused falsely of this horrific crime? If he is innocent, then why would he not cover all his tracks and leave so much evidence leading solely to him?
Much later in the story, we see supernatural elements start to seep in, and this seems very plausible because we are already so invested in the story by that time, so everything is now starting to make a bit more sense. I loved this story from the very first page. From the detailed and in-depth characters, the gripping plotline, and the dialogue he does so damn well, I wholly loved it and felt sad once I finished. As always, King’s writing style takes me back to my younger days, as a young man you would always find me at the front of the line when any one of his new books hit the shelves. As far as that goes, it looks he still does this to me.
To me, The Outsider feels basically like a combination of King’s old school horror stories intertwined with his more recent mystery books, sort of like the Bill Hodges trilogy. If you read this one and have read any of those books, you’ll know what I mean. This is Stephen King at his best and I highly, HIGHLY recommended it.
About the book Author
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It is the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Stephen King lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
Title: The Outsider
Author: Stephen King
Published Date: May 22, 2018
Genre: Horror Fiction, Crime Fiction
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle
Pages: 576 pages
Reviewed by: Carl Collins
Our Rating: 4.0 /5
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