The Outsider - Stephen King

The Outsider

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 4,570 Ratings


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Evil has many faces…maybe even yours in this #1 New York Times bestseller from master storyteller Stephen King.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is discovered in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens—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 have DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying details begin to emerge, King’s 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.


  • Excellent Read

    By SSith
    Great story. Read the book in one night!
  • Entertaining Read

    By dayeighyved
    There was an abundance of suspenseful moments and inexplicable mysteries to be solved, all of which panned out quite satisfyingly. The characters in the book were well developed and entertaining, helping to add lightheartedness to the story. I’d say the climax could have been more terrifying but I really can’t complain given the rest of the story. This story definitely scratched my itch for a thriller/mystery.
  • “People are blind to explanations that lie outside their perception of reality.”

    By Mars R Jr
    This was a fun read. Couldn’t stop reading. Didn’t want to stop. It was fun to discover more of what this monster was with the rest of the characters. The monster was a take on the boogeyman. More so el cuco. At least that’s what it seemed since they were all relating it to el cuco. It was weird at times to think it’s a bunch of Americans taking down a Mexican legend. An old Mexican legend taken down a little too easily. Besides that, I was taken back by Sablo, the Mexican officer. The way he spoke seemed weird and out of date. He called Anderson ese. He said ay caramba. Honestly, I would have believed he was Mexican American without the Spanish. He knew the lore of el cuco and even knew about the luchadoras. That would have been enough. Holly and Anderson however were my favorite. I liked reading how they investigated and found out details. This makes me want to read the Bill Hodges Trilogy. I recommend this book if you’re thinking about reading it. It was fast and fun. One thing I appreciate about King’s writing is how it reads like a movie. The visuals and sounds are there. And every ending has its cliff hanger that leads into the next part.
  • Great read!

    By haidbdoanrh
    Really gripping story the whole way through!
  • A True Page Turner

    By Some Mate
    The kind of King novel you can’t put down. Up many late nights flipping madly through the pages. Great build up and character arcs. One of his best.
  • King at his best!

    By Yeags8260
    Didn’t want to put this one down! Gripping from the first page to the last word. A must read!
  • Crazy

    By hnmm n
    This book is weird and crazy, but it’s good.
  • Shocking

    By Krybaby20
    Amazing and shocking, gruesome but couldn’t put the book down. I recommend to my friends and family
  • Awesome awesome awesome!!!!!!

    By Jensviews
    It was pretty gruesome but I loved finding another Stephen King gem that was truly worth the money 2400 pages and I read it all in less than a week!
  • Great Read

    By squidly28890
    Their have been so many bad Stephen king TV shows that I forget what an amazing writer he is! Attention to detail and phrasing is perfect! The pace of the book is even with no apparent sections of “not much going on”. A definite page tier we that makes you want to read more!