When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King's propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?...
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The Outsider Reviews
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 was outstanding. It reminded me of all the reason ...more
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, I was never bored. In fact, I hauled the book out when ...more
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, and there’s never been the slightest hint of any kind ...more
This story has such a great ‘hook’, it’s like the book version of “Sweet Caroline”. I’m sure it’s been done before (hasn’t everything?), but the way King builds tension with evidence that Terry Maitland must have committed a horrifying crime, but also can’t have committed a horrifying crime is perfect. I could not have stopped reading this book if I wanted to, I HAD to know what happened.
“. . . or how Terry Maitland could have been in two places at the same time. He kept coming up against those ...more
"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 words. King proves once again that he is the master ...more
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 seen myself read in quite some time. It was probably ...more
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 walking around covered in blood. It’s a small town and as ...more
3,5* - 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 :)