When a small town hero is accused of an unspeakable crime, and all signs point to his guilt, detective Ralph Anderson and his cohorts in law enforcement think they have a slam dunk case. But Terry Maitland steadfastly proclaims his innocence, and new information emerges that casts the investigation into creepy, inexplicable doubt.
Called a "throwback thriller", this is certainly a return to King's roots of eerie supernatural horror, complemented by fleshed out characters you get to know very well. Eventually you have a group of adults trying to wrap their minds around the impossible, the supernatural, the concept of "no end to the universe", and their journey to do that together reminded me a little of IT.
This is classic King and I love, love, LOVE it!
I thought this was a pretty good Stephen King as it tips its hat to the police procedural trilogy from a few years ago (which I didn't hate but found flat at times) and has the weird circumstantial evidence that Terry Maitland was both there and not there at a kid's murder. Add in small town mob justice, a sprinkle of weird stuff, and some out of the box thinking, and you have a solid read.
An excellent read if you're a fan of Stephen King. It moves slowly in parts and in other parts it's a page-turner. I haven't read any King for a few years and was pleasantly surprised at how he has kept up with the times and keeps the story unfolding so well.
This was an interesting title, though I am familiar with King's works . . I felt that this was not his best.
Still, this was a pretty good read: an arrest made on a pillar of the community, a detective bent on getting answers and looking in all the "right" places except one. He solicits the help of both the folks defending the original man on trial, and other friends he meets while bringing the "outsider" to "justice. The ending is. . . . .
Appearances can be deceiving.
Good work of fiction.
I'm not much of a fan of horror, but my Dad and I were road-tripping together and needed an audiobook that would agree with us both, and somehow we picked The Outsider. I probably wouldn't recommend the audio version, but the book was super entertaining--at turns funny and scary, and King sprinkled a bit of socio-political commentary here and there (not too much!). I'd describe this book as being kind of X-Files like, with all sorts of characters trying to get to the bottom of a mystery. And though it's dark, I found it to be uplifting, also. So, I'd totally recommend this to the right reader, and if you haven't read any Stephen King for a while, it shows how his writing keeps up with the times.
Excellent read - suspenseful, mysterious, and couldn't wait to finish it. How can a person be in two places at once? Supernatural circumstances come into play!
I found this story riveting. Stephen King has a way with words even if you don't like the gist of the story. He is simply a great writer. I however, could not put this book down, but I will say I preferred to read it during the daytime as it was very scary. I loved the ending as it gave hope for a better tomorrow!
If you are a Stephen King fan, you will probably enjoy this (as long as really graphic details about a crime don't bother you). If you are not a fan, this will almost certainly not make you one.
Steven King is truly on top of his form here: a carefully restrained but gripping tale of fear and possession, mystery and serial killings, with overt homage somehow to both Agatha Christie and Harlan Coben, Poe and Bram Stoker. King's narrative remains tight and compelling to the end of the book, which isn't always a strength in the longer novels.
Crime and surreal horror mashup like only King can do!
My first try at Stephen King - and last. Though King is a good writer his plot victim was a disgusting scenario. Felt ashamed reading it. Where can I enter my two stars?
Typical King novel with lots of action, interesting characters and a formula ending that never quite delivers the villains true nature. Good read though. I would recommend it if you like King 👑. 😊
I agree with the last comment. I wish he could've had an ending that was more real life. You can solve anything by blaming legends or little green men. Don't run into that much in real life.
This book was well-written and an easy and enjoyable read, howver, I feel like there was so much missed opportunity with this storyline that could have fine in a different direction with more suspense. It became less believable toward the end.
It was wonderful to see Mr. King get back in touch with his roots and write a creepy, legend-inspired, page-turner that you won't want to read just before you fall asleep. The story isn't entirely vintage King, but is close enough that those of us who fell in love with the early books could feel all the old chills and shudders. King's maturity as a writer is evidenced by his deeply developed and complex characters, all flawed in some ways, but able to forge a Tolkienesque fellowship for the destruction of the titular Outsider.
I don't blame King for deviating from the early books that made him famous. No author wants to continually write the same book for 40 years. Well, no talented writer does. And while I haven't liked his recent work as much, there were a few titles I really liked, but for different reasons. I found this blend of the old with the new very satisfying and hope he writes another similar book for his long time fans in the near future.
Had the making of a great story, then he ruined it...AGAIN! Shape shifting mythical creature feeding off of sadness, horrible!! There are so many other great books out there, don't waste your time on this. This was my fist and last Stephen King, my husband warned me, but I didn't listen. My bad.
An enjoyable read, especially with Holly Gibney added to the mix. A bit like "It" , an unexplainable thing that is killing and causing mayhem. In the end they find it in a cave...hmmm.. and confront the thing. I enjoyed the character development more than the actual shape-shifting "thing."
Love it! He is really a amazing writer. this is the fourth book of the bill hodgens series i found out. Was told i would of liked it better if i read the whole series first. I got to say beginning good, middle slow, end better, ending eh. I mean its stephen king and i got to say its good but it seems he got bored writing round the mid/end. still worth a read! be up late saying this is the last chapter one after the next
My first and last Stephen King novel. An interesting story line, but a ridiculous ending. And way too much profanity.
Complete garbage from the garbage master. An idiotic plot with zero suspense, bad grammar and boring writing style. Lower than zero.
The Outsider is the first Stephen King novel that I have read. Therefore, I do not know if it is one of his best or not. It certainly did not inspire me to run out and gobble up any of his other books. I was intrigued by the premise of a crime thriller merged with the supernatural, but at 560 pages this was a definite slog. King is so immensely popular and successful, I guess no editor would dare suggest paring back some of the backstories or repetition of plot points.
Even the creep-out scenes for me were ho-hum and not particularly clever or cringe-inducing. A boogieman under the bed --oh my! I know King has millions of fans, but I found his writing style to be prosaic and clunky at times. In what is supposed to be one of the most tense scenes in the novel, a life or death situation, the two characters are bantering movie trivia about "Rebel Without a Cause." Really? Talk about breaking the spell. I know I am in the minority, but this massive tome was disappointing.