The Outsider by Stephen King

“People are blind to explanations that lie outside their perception of reality.”

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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.


I seriously got hooked with this book. The detective, Ralph made a terrible mistake and has to make it right. I felt real bad for the wife of Terry. Her and the girl didn’t deserve to be treated like they were the ones who committed the crime. She was basically the only one who believed her husband was innocent.

Despite having so much evidence to actually convict Terry, things still didn’t add up. That’s what grabbed my attention. I sure love a great mystery and this one was definitely a page turner.

I know there is a vast majority that have said you have to read the Bill Hodge’s trilogy first before getting into The Outsider but that’s really up to you. I however didn’t read the trilogy and it wasn’t much that was referenced from that trilogy other than some specific case he worked on (I guess I spoiled myself on that one lol).

This is more than just finding a person who committed such heinous crime. Some things seem impossible to believe because you are a person who believe in facts. Well this book is based more than what meets the eye. I don’t want to spoil it for you all but this was a great book. I give this book 5 out 5 stars. Pretty fast pace because the chapter were pretty short and easy to make time to read. I read and listened to the book so that made it way more entertaining for me because I was able to switch it up when I had the chance. This is a book to be recommended.


Let me know if any of you did read the Bill Hodge’s trilogy. I still have yet to read it. Just got to motivate myself to pick it up lol. Happy Reading and stay healthy and sane 😉

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