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.
I loved the first half of this book and was only sorry when, halfway through, it turned to the supernatural. It is Stephen King, after all, but I badly wanted a real-life resolution. The second half is classic Stephen King, so fans should not be disappointed. I thought the story would have been stronger had he not resurrected characters and stories from his Bill Hodges Trilogy, which I felt he had neatly ended. Indeed, anyone who has not read that trilogy might have a little difficulty in tracking everything in the second half. I also kind of wish King would give his characters more modern names (Jack, Bill and such appear a lot in King's work - good names but overused). All that said, this is still probably the most compelling King book in a while and is very difficult to put down.
This book certainly brought back Stephen King's mojo. It was very compelling and you will find it really hard to keep the book down.
When a horribly mutilated child is found, all the evidence points to Little League coach Terry Maitland. But Terry has an airtight alibi- and one person can't be in two places at once- right?
For those who liked Stephen King's books decades ago and quit reading him, I want to tell you that he is back in business with the Outsider. This book holds up as well as the wonderful novels of the '70s and '80s. i'm so glad he is back on track and hope he keeps it up!
Thank you Stephen King for a most impressive novel. The suspenseful plot, the unique characters and the inclusion of the great Holly Gibney from Mr. Mercedes kept my attention-I couldn't put it down! 5 Stars!!!
This was my first Stephen King novel and boy am I mad I had not read any of his work until now! I loved it so much and was surprised at how fast I got through it. It reads like a movie. King is a master at painting scenes so perfectly that you feel like you are right there. I was so surprised when I found it at the library. I figured this new release would've been no where to be found. Great find! My only draw back was the ending got slightly weak but that does not take away from the adrenaline I had reading the rest of the book. I am now seeking all of his other books and am a true fan!
This was a great book, like Kings early books: Salem's Lot and The Shining. The story is based on a Mexican legend I had not heard of before.. I liked the characters in this book, and I enjoyed Holly (Mr. Mercedes series), Bill's friend being brought into the mystery. That she brought the Happy Slapper was a great tribute to her old partner. I would love SK to write more about Holly and Ralph's working together. I too was sorry when I finished the book. Also, I am still waiting for King to write a real sequel to Salem's Lot.
Couldn't put this book down, carried it with me to read whenever I had a few minutes available, it was that compelling.
Another amazing read by the master of horror. King is able to create an intricate story with vibrant characters. I couldn't put this book down and yet when I was done I was sad to close the book on some awesome characters. I just wasn't ready for it to end. There is a returning character from one of Stephen King's detective novels and that was a fun addition. Overall, very well done and highly recommended. Can't wait for the tv series that is already in the works.