The Outsider by Stephen King

Main Characters
  • Ralph Anderson
  • Terry Maitland
  • Holly
  • Sablo
  • Mr. Gold
Publisher’s Summary

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 listenable stories. 

An 11-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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My Review
4/5 Stars

This is my second Stephen King book. The first one that I started to read was “If it Bleeds.” Did I finish it? No, I couldn’t get through it not because how “growsom” it was but because it was boring.

I doubted reading this book but I really wanted to watch the show and compare it to the book. That blog will soon be published.

I enjoyed reading this book, the building-up to it was a bit slow for my liking but it definitely made up to it when Holly joined the book at the end. Every piece was falling in place and it was more exciting because of the suspense. I recommend reading this book unless a long beginning ruins your read.

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Book Quotes

“If you can’t let go of the past, the mistakes you’ve made will eat you alive.”

― Stephen King, The Outsider

“Dreams are the way we touch the unseen world”

― Stephen King, The Outsider

“Strange, the things you noticed when your day—your life—suddenly went over a cliff you hadn’t even known was there.”

― Stephen King, The Outsider