The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider

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. Detecti...

Details The Outsider

TitleThe Outsider
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
GenreHorror, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Crime

Reviews The Outsider

  • Emily May
    There was one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man could not be in two places at the same time. Stephen King amazes me. Here, he has managed to turn a 300-page story into a 560-page story by leading us on a long-winded wild goose chase while waffling on about almost everything, but somehow, though it seems hard to fathom, I could not put this cracktastic shit down.If you are thinking about reading this because you like mysteries and ...
  • Matthew
    King has done it again! The last time I was this enthralled with one of his books was Finders Keepers. While I do read a lot, it is not often I find a book that I don't want to put down at all. In fact, the biggest selling point is that I am in no way, shape or form a morning person. Dragging myself out of bed is the greatest challenge of my day. But, I woke up early, without a alarm, when I had about 100 pages to go because I was so into it I co...
  • Kemper
    I’ve been reading Uncle Stevie for about 35 years now, and there’s been plenty of peaks and valleys in my fandom. This time out he found a whole new way to disappoint me.A young boy has been brutally murdered, and all the clues point directly at Terry Maitland. This is shocking because Terry is a happily married family man and all-around good guy whose coaching of youth sports has made him one of the most popular and respected people in town,...
  • Julie
    The Outsider by Stephen King is a 2018 Scribner publication. Classic, quintessential King-An eleven -year old boy is found brutally murdered and strong evidence points to Little League coach Terry Maitland. Detective Ralph Anderson is particularly outraged and makes the fateful decision to arrest Terry in public, creating a media sensation in the process. But, as the investigation begins to unfold, doubts and alternative evidence make Ralph quest...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    3.5? 3.75?This started off really good but it slowed down towards the end. I was happy there was some connection to the Bill Hodges series (which I liked a lot and recommend you read first since there are some spoilers here!) but I was overall underwhelmed.Recommend it but it's not for everyone.
  • Carol
    YES! My first super favorite of 2018! REALLY good stuff here....BAFFLING stuff....CREEPY crawling chilling stuff.....and most of all....Stephen KING excellence in storytelling stuff! Just another murder - Just another mystery - Not by a long shot! At first, I thought, hmmmmm.....something so different from the KING this time around, but then after a disgustingly heinous murder of a young boy....and the arrest of an important, well respected man.....
  • Char
    I loved the first half of this book so much, I hardly knew what to do with myself. I just wanted to be reading every minute of the day. Don't get me wrong, the second half was good, it just didn't impress me quite as much.I'm not going to rehash the plot, because today, only one week from the release date, there are already hundreds of reviews that do that. I'm just going to give a few of my thoughts and impressions:The first quarter of this book...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    "Reality is thin ice, but most people skate on it their whole lives and never fall through until the very end."An eleven-year-old's body is found in a park following a brutal murder. Eyewitness accounts and fingerprint evidence point to the popular Little League coach and teacher, Terry Maitland. But Terry also has an alibi for the time of the crime...MY BOY'S STILL GOT IT. I straight up loved this book from the very first page until the final wo...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 StarsKing does it again! Simply masterful. Young Frankie Peterson is dead. His death was brutal: gruesome, horrific and completely senseless. All evidence points to Terry Maitland, beloved Little League Coach, as the murderer. His fingerprints are all over the crime scene and eye-witnesses place him with Peterson moments before his death. Enraged by the viciousness of the crime, and convinced of Maitland’s guilt, Detective Ralph Anderson arra...
  • Edward Lorn
    It's no secret that The Outsider was my most anticipated novel of 2018, right up there with Neverworld Wake, by Marisha Pessl, and Providence, by Caroline Kepnes. So did it live up to the hype and, furthermore, my expectations? You're damn skippy it did, and then some.This is not a return to form for Stephen King. This is not "Old School" King. This is the best of new Stephen King. The Outsider stands right up there with recent favorites, like Re...
  • Matt
    Stephen King has done it again with a powerful story that pulls the reader into the middle and will not let them go. Mixing his ability to write mysteries with a long-established foundation for the supernatural, this novel will impress the dedicated reader ready for an adventure like no other. When a boy’s body is discovered, murdered and sexually assaulted, many of the witnesses and evidence point to Terry Maitland. The town’s baseball coach...
  • Becky
    SIGH... Many people are going to love this book. Probably most of them will love it for all (or at least some) of the reasons that I did not. And that's OK. If you want to read reviews praising this book there are already many of them out there you may enjoy. Mine will not be one of them. This is apparently, going to be Episode #4 of my review series that is slowly but surely becoming "Maybe Stephen King Should Have Retired at 65." Definitely wit...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    There is a few special moments that happen in life. One of them being one that gets me every single time. And even if I don't go ape over the book that is his new one at the time, I'll always pick up that next one.Because...… I'll admit that the first half of this part had me drooling in my sleep. I've been working all the hours at work and can barely hold my eyes open for 2 minutes but once I actually started this one I was mumbling around (so...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: SPOILER-ISH “Doesn’t look like a monster, does he?”“They rarely do.” First things first: I don’t know if I simply lucked out or if the library is officially terrified of me at this point and placed me first on the waiting list, but whatever the case I am truly grateful to have received this on release day. On the flip side, since I was fortunate enough to be one of ...
  • Debra
    "Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." - Stephen KingA Crime, an investigation, confusion......An eleven-year-old boy's body is found in a local park. Fingerprints found at the scene point to local coach, Terry Maitland. Several eye witness accounts also place Maitland as having contact with the youth prior to his death, one even saw Maitland putting the boys bicycle in his white van. Police detect...
  • Zoeytron
    A man with a ruint face and tattoos crawling up his arms - now you see him, now you don't.  A dirty white van, a flapping yellow bra strap, and frightening flashbacks of a rotten cantaloupe from childhood.  An open and shut case that most assuredly isn't.  Skin and bones, a skeleton screams.  Take heed of a man with a sack; trust me, it ain't Santa.  "Dreams are the way we touch the unseen world . . ."  Beware, the nightmare is about to b...
  • Robin
    I haven’t read Stephen King in about 20 years - not since he pissed me off with It, when he made me read a nasty child-orgy as a reward for making it through about 1000 pages. Earlier this month I read his On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in the hopes of getting some writerly enlightenment, and was disappointed. But that’s neither here nor there. I decided, after being enticed by many positive reviews, and with the intention of giving the Ki...
  • Suzanne
    This book was awesome! There is one thing I always know when going into a Stephen King novel, I’m going to enjoy it immensely but do not even begin to ponder how dark or weird it will end up being. This one isn’t his weirdest or darkest but it was one of my favorites. I thoroughly loved this and Sleeping Beauties in the last couple years. I found this one had the perfect blend of mystery and magic with one hell of a cast. There’s crime, leg...
  • Kealan Burke
    Agh, this one was hard. 65% of this book is some of King’s best, most original, and most assured writing in years. It’s when the novel switches track and truly delves into the nature of the antagonist that it begins to get a little cheesy and, overly familiar. I was excited when I heard this was a supernatural horror novel. Now I think that’s what derailed it. This might have been an incredible crime novel and easily one of King’s best bo...
  • J.D. Barker
    Absolutely loved THE OUTSIDER by @StephenKing - Murder, baseball, and gut-wrenching suspense. This is classic King at his best.
  • Glenn Sumi
    How does Stephen King do it? The guy turns 71 this September, and he’s still at the top of his game. This is the 16th book of his I’ve read, and it’s easily one of his best.Everything is so sharply done: plotting, pacing, characters, twists, the villain. The book is 560 pages, but it never feels padded. From the shocking beginning, to the many revelations, to the introduction of a beloved King character at the midpoint, to the climactic end...
  • Justin
    As another famous author once said (Dickens, I think. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He has a pretty big underground following)...It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. And, yes, here we have a tale of two stories. The first half of The Outsider was a thrill ride. Look, I was going to bed late and getting up early just plowing right through this thing. I had the giant hardback copy, and the pages were just turning at a rate I’ve not...
  • Lori
    ”The professor said people had the mistaken idea that Poe wrote fantastic stories about the supernatural, when in fact he wrote realistic stories about abnormal psychology.” A police investigation into the horrific murder of a child veers off the rail into the realm of monsters. There's a dogleg turn into the second half but that's where you have Lovie Bolton and I liked her. ”I’m a defense lawyer, son. I can believe anything.”
  • Jaidee
    1.5 "cheezy, corny, cantalopey, hokey-pokus" stars !! I know I am one of the few that cared almost not at all for this book. I go into reading Stephen King with very little expectation other than being mildly entertained. I read a number of his books in my teens and I thought they were middling to OK. Never once wowed by his writing or story. I was excited to read his book 11/22/63 back in 2013 but mostly it did not deliver and was a fair rating ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    First things first: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BILL HODGES TRILOGY. This will completely spoil everything from that series. Anyway, I love this series SO MUCH. They’re so atmospheric and creepy and gross and probably my favorite things I’ve read by King so far. This one in particular was a little slow since we had to get to know a new cast of characters, but I still really enjoyed it and finished this beast in two days. S...
  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    *no spoiler review* However, if you don't want to know anything about this book, please save this review for later.I have been waiting for a book like this from King for a long, long time. I'd say I've wanted a book like this since 11/22/63-- I loved that book but it wasn't horror. After 11/22/63 we had a string of "middle of the road" books or good books that fell just short of horror for this Constant Reader. Dr. Sleep, The Bill Hodges Trilogy,...
  • Kayla Dawn
    I really really love Kings writing style and his characters. He knows how to create the perfect atmosphere for every situation possible. But unfortunately the story itself fell flat for me. It was predictable and nothing new I guess? It just didn't overwhelm me. But it was still an nice read and it seems like most people enjoyed it a lot :)
  • Theresa Alan
    If you’re a fan of the X-Files, meaning you can deal with story lines that can’t be fully explained by science, you will probably enjoy this book. I loved Mr. Mercedes, but part of the reason I liked that novel so much was because things were explained by old-fashioned detective work. In this book, we have to stretch our imaginations. A man considered to be the pillar of the community is accused of a heinous crime. Numerous people saw him wal...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Stephen King's still got it! (It's been quite a while though since I read a book of his, so this was fairly recent for me). It's a bit of a step away from his usual brand of horror which is almost oddly familiar and nostalgic, instead delving into heinous crimes and one poor guy caught up in the middle of it and being fingered for murder - a complex puzzle ensues, and although it begins to get predictable as it goes on, the story itself has terri...
  • Morgannah
    Guess who actually finished a Stephen King book? I abandoned both Doctor Sleep and Revival because I simply didn't have the attention span to plow through them. I completely passed on Sleeping Beauties after a couple of trusted GR friends told me it probably wasn't for me. Thankfully The Outsider's quick pacing and fascinating characters kept me turning the pages well into the night when I should have been sleeping.This is for you Mr. King: In T...