The Outsider

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.The Outsider

Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

[Reading] ➿ The Outsider By Stephen King –
  • Paperback
  • 576 pages
  • The Outsider
  • Stephen King
  • English
  • 10 November 2019
  • 9781501181009

10 thoughts on “The Outsider

  1. says:

    I ve been reading Uncle Stevie for about 35 years now, and there s been plenty of peaks and valleys in my fandom This time out he found a whole new way to disappoint me.A young boy has been brutally murdered, and all the clues point directly at Terry Maitland This is shocking because Terry is a happily married family man and all around good guy whose coaching of youth sports has made him one of the most popular and respected people in town, and there s never been the slightest hint of any kind of criminal behavior from him However, with both forensic evidence and multiple witnesses there is no doubt that Terry abducted and killed this child so Detective Ralph Anderson has him arrested in the most public and humiliating way possible.The problem is that there was so much evidence pointing at Terry that Ralph didn t bother nailing down his whereabouts when the crime was committed, and Terry has an iron clad alibi that makes it impossible for him to be the murderer Yet for every piece of evidence that shows that Terry couldn t have killed the boy there s another equally damning one that positively shows that he must have done it How could a man be in two places at once The infuriating thing about this book is that the first half had a lot of promise King seems to have been inspired by the Harlan Coben style of thrillers whose hooks generally revolve around circumstances that seem impossible In fact, Uncle Stevie even acknowledges this by actually having Coben himself be a plot point in the book And this works for a while as King builds up the scenario with an intriguing mix of clues and witnesses that both absolutely prove that Terry must be the murderer while also making it utterly impossible for him to have done it.There s a huge problem with that though When Harlan Coben writes his books the resolutions are based in reality, not the paranormal So for each one he has to come up with a plot that leaves you scratching your head and then provide a solution to it that s satisfying What Uncle Stevie did here is to create the puzzle part which he adds layer after layer to it, but then he essentially just says Oh, yeah It was a supernatural monster And now here s a completely different book about trying to catch it You can certainly do a story that mixes police investigations with the unexplained The X Files is the obvious example of this, but that series would generally show us the weird stuff in the opening scene every week then they would try to unravel it for the rest of the episode We all knew going in that the supernatural and aliens were on the table so there s no point in spending time to make the viewer think there might be a non fantastic answer even if Scully usually tried her best to find it Since this is a Stephen King novel with a red eyed monster on the cover a reader should know from the start that something spooky is in the mix Yet, he gives us absolutely nothing about that angle for the first half of the book He plays it straight like he s writing a regular crime thriller, and he put in so much time and effort on it that he actually managed to make me forget at times that the ultimate answer would probably be a ghoul of some kind So it s like he s teasing us that there is some kind of Sherlock Holmes style solution to this puzzle, and I found it incredibly unsatisfying when the supernatural stuff showed up to explain it all.The extra sad thing is that Uncle Stevie has done this plot before, and he did it better there The Dark Half has a main character who is suspected of murder, there s physical evidence showing he did it, and it s only an airtight alibi that saves his ass Yet, in that book we know from the jump what s going on so it all flows together naturally, and it s just one piece of a larger story rather than half a novel spent developing a mystery that is essentially not a mystery at all when you remember that you re reading Stephen King.The second issue I had with this is that this is linked to the Mr Mercedes trilogy I didn t care for those books, and if I d have known that this had anything to do with them I wouldn t have read it I thought that series was done so to have a character from them show up at the half way point here as a surprise and then play a major role in the proceedings felt like false advertising Another irritating aspect is that And this has spoilers for End of Watch view spoiler I found Bill Hodges in those books to be a reckless jackass who did nothing except get innocent people killed before he finally died himself But the goddamn hero worship of him by Holly here made me nuts He was a shitty detective and nothing special as a person I m glad he s dead, and I didn t need constant references to how awesome she thought he was hide spoiler

  2. says:

    There was one rock hard fact, as unassailable as gravity a man could not be in two places at the same time. Stephen King amazes me Here, he has managed to turn a 300 page story into a 560 page story by leading us on a long winded wild goose chase while waffling on about almost everything, but somehow, though it seems hard to fathom, I could not put this cracktastic shit down.If you are thinking about reading this because you like mysteries and thrillers and have seen this in the latest mystery thriller bestsellers don t bother It s not really for someone who s looking for old fashioned mysteries But if you re a fan of King s slow, meticulously detailed climb to the creepy good stuff, lots of characterization that probably wasn t needed, and 200 pages that could have been cut but are compelling anyway step this way It sounds like I m being negative, but King is just his own brand He drags things out, he goes on and on about minor plot points, and yet he manages to keep literally millions of readers hooked on his every word I would wake up in the middle of the night to feed my baby and find myself reaching for this book and squinting at it in the darkness And then not being able to sleep after.The Outsider sets up a scenario that immediately piqued my interest an horrific crime against a child warning for graphic sexual violence evidence all pointing to one man said man has an airtight alibi putting him hours away when the crime was committed So what s the deal here Is Terry Maitland an innocent man being accused of a terrible crime Or has he constructed a perfect alibi for himself And, if so, why did he leave so much evidence pointing to him I love how King taps into the minds of everyday people and families He creates horror stories out of the mundane, out of small town people living small town lives, and out of questions we ve probably all wondered about is there life after death What if you could go back in time And, in this case, what if all the evidence of a crime points to someone who couldn t possibly have done it What if you were accused of a crime you didn t commit I want to stress again that this is a Stephen King book, and not your average thriller, so be prepared for some straddling of the line between our world and the supernatural Also, a character from the Mr Mercedes trilogy pops up here, which I wasn t expecting I never even finished the first book of that series, but I didn t need to know those stories for this book to make sense.Like most King stories, I had a whole lot of fun reading this I mean, I say fun , but I lost a lot of sleep over the creepy shadow man King sure knows how to craft a perfectly skin crawlingly eerie scene shudders Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

  3. says:

    King has done it again The last time I was this enthralled with one of his books was Finders Keepers While I do read a lot, it is not often I find a book that I don t want to put down at all In fact, the biggest selling point is that I am in no way, shape or form a morning person Dragging myself out of bed is the greatest challenge of my day But, I woke up early, without an alarm, when I had about 100 pages to go because I was so into it I couldn t stop thinking about it and wanted to finish it This is basically a combination of King s old school horror stories with his recent mystery books Bill Hodges trilogy When you read it you might be surprised at how true this statement is I will just leave that statement out there with no spoilers you ll see Really, my only criticism of the book is the ending It felt a little off, flat, and awfully convenient to me However, the book as a whole was so awesome, it barely affected my enjoyment King fans rejoice It s another great one The master still has it

  4. says:

    This was easily my favorite book of 2018.I never actually ended up writing a full review for it This haunts me Am I the only person this happens to In an effort to appease some of my guilt, let me get a few thoughts down I really enjoyed the topics explored in this book Particularly, the idea that sometimes the court of public opinion is unforgiving and harsh than any court of law.I also enjoyed how King showed vignettes of various characters, all flawed, in the town where our drama unfolds He described so well the way the main event affected various people like when a stone gets thrown in a pond It created ripples spreading out and enveloping many lives I loved this It reminded me a bit of the way things roll out in Needful Things.And of course, most of all, I loved my second favorite character from The Bill Hodges trilogy making an appearance I knew it was going to happen and I waited and waited and waited and thenReunited and it feels so good The supernatural elements were also fantastic in my opinion There were classic King scenes that gave me absolute chills and left me wanting to leave the light on when I went to bed.I would definitely recommend reading The Bill Hodges trilogy first If you do and you don t like it, this may not be the book for you Maybe I don t know I m on the fence I think for people who are huge fans of that trilogy, it makes this book extra special.I suppose you could read this on its own, I just can t attest to what your experience will be For me, half the thrill was getting a character I thought I would never see again back in my life.I know I will end up reading this again someday I love to reread King books Most likely if I do read it again, I will read the entire BH trilogy with this one added on the end.Original This officially wins my Favorite Book I Read in 2018 prize Forever may it reign.So, this sort of counts as a review right I annotated and everything but how do you review perfection Just, how

  5. says:

    The Outsider by Stephen King is a 2018 Scribner publication Classic, quintessential King An eleven year old boy is found brutally murdered and strong evidence points to Little League coach Terry Maitland Detective Ralph Anderson is particularly outraged and makes the fateful decision to arrest Terry in public, creating a media sensation in the process But, as the investigation begins to unfold, doubts and alternative evidence make Ralph question Terry s guilt As the mystery deepens the horrible truth that emerges creates a heart pounding and tense race against time, and the ultimate good versus evil showdown Reality is thin ice But most people never fall through until the very end Now, plenty of people have reviewed this book, and King certainly doesn t need any help from me in promoting his novels, I just had to add my own complimentary comments about this one This book reminded me of why, when I was a teenager, I was always the first in line to buy a new SK novel, why I absorbed them as fast as possible, then read them again and again and again King has a way of building a complex puzzle, while creating characters readers are sure to respond to, either in a good or a bad way, and then proceeds to scare the crap out of us The action picks up right at the beginning, building and building, first as a standard mystery and police investigation, then segues into the stuff that will keep you up at night King is always funny, always a bit sarcastic, and likes to poke fun here and there, sometimes good naturedly, and sometimes with a caustic tone, while also addressing serious issues from time to time without becoming preachy His passages featuring fellow author Harlan Coben, was especially fun and entertaining Although, you may want to refrain from asking Coben if he knows who the killer is from the start, or if he figures it out as he goes along I think that question has been asked and answered, and Coben could be weary of it King s basic style is still working, is still relevant, avoiding the traps of standard formulas and clich s authors of his generation, who have clogged up the NYT bestseller lists for the past forty years, are prone to However,as Karin Slaughter points out in her otherwise glowing review for the Washington Post If you can accept that a contemporary man in his late 40s recalls quoting Our Gang with his kid brother instead of the Fonz or even Pee wee Herman, you re in for a hell of a ride LOL My only regret is that I did not realize Holly s character was connected to the Mr Mercedes trilogy, and I ve been meaning to read those books for a long time But, on the plus side, I feel motivated to get started on it sooner, rather than later This book is will remind readers of why Stephen King is the master and always will be.4.5 stars

  6. says:

    SIGH Many people are going to love this book Probably most of them will love it for all or at least some of the reasons that I did not And that s OK If you want to read reviews praising this book there are already many of them out there you may enjoy Mine will not be one of them This is apparently, going to be Episode 4 of my review series that is slowly but surely becoming Maybe Stephen King Should Have Retired at 65 Definitely with spoilers and curse words and ranty bits Reader beware Stephen King has always had peaks and valleys in his career You can t please all of the people all of the time For instance, Cujo is one that doesn t really work for me, because the stream of consciousness style doesn t fit the narrative or story But the STORY is still compelling and interesting, if you can look past the writing of it But to me, the last 6 7 years worth of King s output has ranged from good with some lame aspects to Yawn with a side of OH OKAY to WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS GARBAGE AND WHY DID EVEN A SINGLE DAMN TREE HAVE TO DIE FOR IT His last really good book was 11 22 63, written in 2011 Since then, all of his stories AND the way they are written feel the same Stagnant Boring Recycled and reused The characters aren t interesting, and ever increasingly, they all seem to be the same person They all talk the same They all act the same The villains are the same And they are boring The writing style, something that King used to experiment with, has become so predictable that I literally wait for the events that I know will come For instance In this book, there are lots of witness interviews pertaining to the crime We have a range of people, from a 9 year old girl and her mom , to a mid 30s I m guessing Ex con, ex addict are you ever really an ex at that though bouncer excuse me, Security Specialist or whatever, to a elderly man, and an elderly woman, to a Native American woman cab driver And every single one of them sound exactly the same Not just the content, but the WAY OF SPEAKING The way of being so attentively helpful as to come across as almost cringeingly servile Am I doing it right I m not in trouble, am I Like a bunch of dogs expecting their master to kick them, and doing everything they can to BE A GOOD DOG.ALL of them Even the kid Exactly the same.Or, another for instance Inevitably, there will be introductions between characters, and regardless of how many times these people interact, it ALWAYS starts out formally, and then one of them will instruct the other to Call me Bill or whatever their name is, repeat 3 or 4 times over a few chapters, and then FINALLY we can move on once everyone is on the same page about Bill being Bill At least until we shift perspectives to another character then we have to go through that ALL OVER AGAIN New Character Is New, and doesn t know Bill So of course they will address him formally as Mr LastName until Bill makes the appropriate bureaucratic request for New Character to adopt a casual acquaintance first name basis, signed, presented to the appropriate department in triplicate, and gotten the submission receipt as well as their parking validated THEN New Character can address Bill as Bill Even in the most intense scenes injured, and pinned down by a gunman, we have characters literally saying things like And since we re pinned down by a lunatic with a rifle, why don t you just go ahead and call me name BECAUSE REALLY Is this REALLY the time to worry about what someone CALLS YOU BUT WAIT Because the ENDLESS DISCUSSION about the nature of the big baddie, and the fact that he has multiple identities for lack of a better word whenever speaking of him, one must use ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL OF THE THINGS THAT ANYONE HAS EVER CALLED HIM just so everyone, but the reader MOST OF ALL, is on the same page as to who is being referred to LEST WE BE CONFUSED 20% of this book is probably spent on discussing what to call other characters So Fucking Boring Speaking of the big baddie, and things being boring as fuck This latest one was defeated with a few impotence jibes and a weighted sock I wish I was joking When I started this review, I was fairly confident that I would be giving this book a decent 3 star rating But the I think about it, the I don t see that happening It COULD have gone that way for me I mean, there are some really interesting themes that COULD have been explored and built upon and fleshed out like the nature of humans to disassociate themselves from people different from them, regardless of how long they ve known the person, based on any accusation of being different The tendency of fear, mainly the fear of POTENTIAL for harm or danger, to cause the ranks to close, the accused to be shunned, if not attacked or killed, simply on the basis of accusation and fear The breakdown of rule of law could have been explored Mob mentality The easy corruption of friendly minds to fearful foe who feels entirely and completely justified in acting decisively in what they would call self defense, or frontier justice, or just plain vengeance despite everything they know about the person otherwise It would have improved this story GREATLY in my opinion had any of these themes been explored in any real way It s mentioned, touched upon, and used as a convenient plot conveyor belt, But that s all A device to move the story from point A to point B In truth, this story feels hollow King s last 6 7 years worth of books have felt this way to me, in varying degrees The ideas are there in these books, but the substance is not Except Mr Mercedes That book was just absolute fucking shit from the first word and nobody will ever convince me otherwise As such, I just need to get this out of my system FUCK THIS BOOK not only for crossing over into the Mr Mercedes AKA ABSOLUTE SHIT series, AND recapping it all for me, multiple times, AS THOUGH I WASN T ALREADY PRETENDING IT DOESN T EXIST BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT TO FUCKING READ IT AND DO NOT CARE ONE DAMN BIT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS, but for ALSO USING THE WHOLE SECOND FUCKING HALF OF THE OUTSIDER TO REMIND ME OF WHY THE FUCK I HATED THAT BOOK SO DAMN MUCH From the fat shaming, to the casual sexism, to the regular backhanded compliments tossed Holly s way that she s EVER SO GRATEFUL FOR, but also modestly embarrassed by and so much , I am reminded of all the things I hated in that book Now, generously presented in this one YAY.And lest you, review reader, if you re still with me at this point of my ragerant, think that I m just carrying a grudge against Mr Mercedes well, okay you d be right But, ALSO here I m not being unfair to The Outsider because I m still feeling some kind of way aboutthat fucking shitty OTHER book, because we have ALL of the stereotypical King traits that now irk me so much when I see them in this one too Fat shaming of Bill Hodges When Alec learns he s dead, he automatically assumes it was due to his weight, which was a WHOPPING 30 pounds overweight HA HA IN YOUR FACE THOUGH, ALEC It was cancer Fuck you and your assumptions Fat shaming others The poor murder victim s mother was described as being 50 pounds overweight, with fat arms and considerable stomach , and literally died covered in lasagna Remember those middle fingers from above Just carry one with you as we go along and apply as needed This situation seems like a good time to do so I honestly wonder what Stephen King thinks of people in the 300 or 400lb range Because, from the way that he writes about weight, it s like he expects for anyone who weighs than 200 lbs to just drop dead immediately when the scale tips over from the 199 to the 200 Yes, Stephen There are fat people, and it s generally unhealthy I GUARANTEE YOU WE KNOW IT For fuck s sake STOP FUCKING WRITING CRUEL AND HUMILIATING SHIT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT INTO YOUR BOOKS, YOU ABSOLUTE DICK That said, let s move on to the casual sexism Should be fun Remember Sleeping Beauties and how totally WOKE Stephen King was Yeah Me either And yeah, I went to Bad Punville Sue me This book contains all of the old stand bys Women as domestic fairies complete with all of the caretaking that you d expect OH, you re having people over No sense ORDERING FOOD, I ll MAKE something That s what the wimmin is good for Sammitches.Sure, we see a man cook, but he does it badly Always breaks the egg yolks Tsk You failure Sure, we see a man go to the grocery store with a list from his wife And her coupons, which the man is chided by another man about Hope you didn t forget them The ol ball and chain will have your head if you forgot that 20 cent off coupon for Charmin That s her HOUSE MONEY Don t fuck with it We see women clutching their husbands when they are frightened OH SAVE ME, YOU BIG HUNK OF MONSTER KILLER We see ONE token female police officer conveniently pregnant to the point of bursting, so she never needs to actually be in the story at all We see man after man after man AMAZED at the mere competence of a woman And we see that woman reject and downplay their grudging acknowledgement of her Because everything she knows, she learned from a man even how to live.Fuck off with that noise This book Ugh Still not as bad as Absolute Shit though not for lack of trying The only thing it was missing was Mr Jive Talkin Jerome I don t know if I would have made it through had he been in the book too, honestly I might have set my fucking kindle on fire.I really had hoped that this book was going to be a return to great characters, great storytelling, great STORY But it wasn t anywhere close to those things As a police procedural thriller, it was lame Never once did I feel concerned about what would happen or who it would happen to The title gives it away that the main suspect is innocent, right from the start I knew he would have to die though I figured that it would be in a sort of I M THE REAL ME SHOOT HIM situation That would have been exciting than what we got As a police procedural thriller compared to Absolute Shit It s better But marginally I can t think of anything that I liked, other than the potential of the story And considering that this is from a man I ve been reading since I was a kid that just doesn t cut it for me Too bad This really could have been something.Edit to add this, which I commented on my friend Kemper s review, and then decided, screw it, I m tacking it on to mine Here we go I took a shitton of rage notes on my kindle about the technology in this book feeling like it was written by someone completely out of touch , but then forgot to include any of them in my review because it was like 2 am and I was too pissed off to even care LOL But seriously, in 2018, Holly uses MAPQUEST Seriously No the fuck she doesn t She uses Google Maps like everyone else Also, Trivago which is a meta aggregation site that searches all of the major online booking companies for you, finds the best deals, and then links you to where the deal is from so you can book it This is literally my industry King would have us believe that Holly is savvy enough to use TRIVAGO for her search rather than just using a search engine to find the restaurant and then what the hotels are around it but then just call the hotel directly to book So many issues with this Trivago has a very basic search You enter the city, and your dates That s it, then you can narrow down by amenities, star rating, neighborhood She d have a hard time finding the SPECIFIC hotel she wanted on their site But my main issue is that Holly has social anxiety, which means SHE WOULDN T CALL ANYONE if she could avoid it She d book that shit online AND Why bother using a aggregation site like that if you re just going to call the hotel directly You no get good rate that way You get good rate booking online deals Ugh it was like this was written by a 70 year old or something.

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    Reality is thin ice, but most people skate on it their whole lives and never fall through until the very end An eleven year old s body is found in a park following a brutal murder Eyewitness accounts and fingerprint evidence point to the popular Little League coach and teacher, Terry Maitland But Terry also has an alibi for the time of the crimeMY BOY S STILL GOT IT I straight up loved this book from the very first page until the final words King proves once again that he is the master when it comes to horror and suspense This book had me feeling disturbed and unsettled on a few occasions, whilst also having me sending frantic messages to my BG friends like What the eff just happened Those first 2 300 pages were simply unputdownable It was so addictive that I was seriously considering booking days off work so that I could just fly through it But it s also so good that I wanted to take my time and really savour being in a great King book There were twists and turns galore, and at no point could I really predict what route King would go down I love King most of all when he is completely unpredictable One of my favourite things about King s writing is those scenes that really just feel so simple And by that I mean different characters or family members just chatting in the kitchen over a coffee He has a way of making seemingly bland parts of the story really damn interesting He just knows how to craft these characters we care about and have them interact in a way that feels real He doesn t need to be building constant suspense or throwing scares our way to hook your attention It s the quiet moments in his books that I live for And there s plenty of those in here as well as the crazy, exciting, unsettling parts A couple of scenes in particular had those little hairs on the back of my neck stand on end He s STILL killin it.I really liked these characters a lot than those presented in Sleeping Beauties, these ones actually did feel memorable We also got to see the reappearance of a certain King character that I found very exciting I was just fangirling all over the place Connections and crossovers within the King universe will always please us Constant Readers.I ve warned everyone on my instagram numerous times but if by some chance you re reading this and you haven t read The Outsider yet OR the Bill Hodges trilogy, I strongly recommend reading the Hodges trilogy first You re doing yourself a HUGE disservice if you don t If you have zero interest in ever reading the trilogy then work away, but if not you will be MAJORLY spoiled And no one enjoys that shit.I just feel so happy that King is still writing and releasing books of this quality I get a bit pissed when people throw shade on King s recent stuff and say things like Oh I much prefer classic King Would you want your favourite band to keep releasing albums over and over that have the same kind of sound No, I want my bands to evolve and change, just like I want King to He is constantly trying different things, or different genres He doesn t rest on his laurels, he s always trying to challenge himself and I respect that Thankee Sai.Probably my favourite book of 2018 so far all the stars

  8. says:

    Lately I ve been wondering if I m not compatible with Stephen King s newer novels I ve really enjoyed working through his backlist, and I am here for all the 80 s 90 s old school horror and sci fi, but the newer brand of SK and I just haven t clicked I was sorely disappointed in Sleeping Beauties last year, so I was hesitant to pick up The Outsider immediately After waiting a few months and giving the hype time to die down, I finally decided it would be the next pick on my unread shelf to dive into Guys, I am SO glad I picked this up The Outsider has given me faith in the new brand of King and the reassurance that it s ok not to click with an author s every piece of work POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILERS BELOW I had been warned ahead of time that this wouldn t be a straightforward crime novel, and I think that guidance helped me place my expectations in just the right place before embarking on this strange and fascinating journey The book felt like it was divided into two separate stories, yet connected centrally in a way that flows and is understandable once you ve read the book Part police procedural, part old school horror, this book was entirely compulsive and satisfying We begin with a beloved local father figure accused of a horrific crime TW for graphic descriptions of child murder, sodomy, pedophilia, and desecration of a body , and I was pleased and a bit shocked at how well King transformed a seemingly straightforward investigation into a thrilling page turner After some major plot twists, the characters begin to realize that something beyond the natural is at large, and I think this is where he lost some readers In most of the negative reviews I ve seen it s been the supernatural aspect that was a turning point Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the inclusion of folklore and found this to be a fresh, new way to spin an old formula into something unique and memorable.I don t want to say too much about the plot, butI did find it interesting how he loosely tied this to the Bill Hodges trilogy I would love to see this as the beginning of a new trilogy featuring view spoiler Holly hide spoiler

  9. says:

    3.5 3.75 This started off really good but it slowed down towards the end I was happy there was some connection to the Bill Hodges series which I liked a lot and recommend you read first since there are some spoilers here but I was overall underwhelmed.Recommend it but it s not for everyone.

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    I loved the first half of this book so much, I hardly knew what to do with myself I just wanted to be reading every minute of the day Don t get me wrong, the second half was good, it just didn t impress me quite as much.I m not going to rehash the plot, because today, only one week from the release date, there are already hundreds of reviews that do that I m just going to give a few of my thoughts and impressions The first quarter of this book was outstanding It reminded me of all the reasons I love King in the first place Then the second quarter It was even better I know that my mouth dropped open when I was reading quite a few times and who doesn t love being surprised The third quarter brings us Ms Holly Gibney, who was probably my favorite character from the Bill Hodges crime trilogy which began with Mr Mercedes , but the pacing began to slow The fourth quarter just got draggy and I wanted things to wrap up Overall, I was prepared to go all fangirl over this book and at first THE OUTSIDER deserved that and By the time we approached the denouement, I was still enjoying myself, but not as much Perhaps it s because I expect so much from King and it s just not possible for anyone, even him, to live up to my expectations Perhaps, it s because I was also reading CARRIE at the same time for a book club meeting, and that short novel reminded me how lean and mean King can be Whatever the reason, I do recommend THE OUTSIDER, I just can t give it my highest recommendation Even so, a 4 star King book is worth 2 or 3 of most other author s 5 star books, so you should still read it I hope you enjoy it, if you do

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