Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: Fiction | Horror
Pages: 561 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Reason: Personal Interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

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.


Okay, confession time...I am fairly new to Stephen King. I've read 2 books by him: Carrie(which I loved!) and Joy Ride(which I didn't). But I could not get through Instagram or Twitter without hearing about The Outsider. And what can I say, when it comes to books, I easily succumb to peer pressure! So, I picked myself up a copy and eagerly dived in!

I kept my expectations pretty neutral given my limited King experience, but this book blew me away! Typical King style, the size of the book can be a bit intimidating, but I flew through this book eager for the closure of this nail-biting, page-turning tale!

As mentioned, the book packs a pretty hefty punch at 561 pages, but the way King penned this novel makes it a quick read! He broke down The Outsider in smaller chapters and multiple perspectives. I've heard that Stephen King is well known for his character development and depth, and I can now certainly see what people mean by that. Each character in this story play a very vital piece to the story; even the secondary cast add so much value to the overall delivery of The Outsider.

The Outsider will take you on a wild, baffling ride. You will be left bewildered one moment and jolted the next. The story is a rollercoaster of who, what's and why's. And don't expect King to give in easy. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I have come across some conversations online that there is a link to The Outsider and the Bill Hodges Trilogy, seeing as I haven't read that series, I can confidently say that this book reads as a stand-alone. I will be adding that series to my list though because I am curious as to what the links are.

I loved everything about The Outsider: the pacing, the characters, the delivery. It was put together, in my opinion, flawlessly. It made me an instant Stephen King fan. I happen to have 5 of his books sitting on my shelf right now and can't wait to devour them. So King fans, which one should I read next?

Hearts of Atlantis
The Shining
Doctor Sleep
Under the Dome

“Doesn’t look like a monster, does he?” “They rarely do.” 

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