The Outsider By Stephen King – Book Review #7

I’ve been a Stephen King fan since my teens, but I’ve not read many of his books in recent years. I enjoyed The Outsider and I’ve got a couple more on my TBR list for this year which I’m looking forward to reading.

The Outsider

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

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?

My Thoughts

This was quite a long book and I did think it might have been one of SK’s book that was too wordy. Thankfully, it wasn’t and I really enjoyed it.
I think I enjoyed it more once the character, Holly, from the Mr Mercedes trilogy arrived. I’ve only read the first in the series and I totally forgot about it until Holly came along and reminded me.
I’m now itching to read the other 2!

Back to The Outsider, it kept me wanting to pick up the book because I just had to know how the evidence at the crime scene could be so concrete yet Terry’s alibi was also solid.
As usual for SK, there’s an element of the supernatural and as usual, for me, this is what I enjoyed the most!

Stephen King The Outsider book cover

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  2. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) 2nd March 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I’ve never got into Stephen King books, my mum however loves him and has all of his novels. Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  3. Kate on thin ice (@kateonthinice) 27th February 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I think this is one that would appeal to my husband far more than myself so will let him know about it #ReadWithMe

  4. sarahmo3w 27th February 2019 at 11:26 am

    This sounds really good! I’ve only read a handful of Stephen King books, but I’ve always enjoyed them and found them to be well written. I think I should read some more in 2019.

  5. mumjd 26th February 2019 at 11:48 am

    I’ve always thought that I would find Stephen King too scary to read, but having just received an email today regarding Carolyn Arnold’s next title, it occurred to me how scary some of hers have been, so maybe I am now ready to tackle a Stephen King #readwithme

    1. shelllouise 26th February 2019 at 12:13 pm

      I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t find his books scary. I’ve only ever been really scared when reading a book and it was one by James Herbert called The Magic Cottage. I still get chills now when I think about it!

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