The Outsider

The OutsiderThe Outsider by Stephen King
Published by Scribner on May 22nd 2018
Pages: 561
ISBN: 1501180983
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“Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” – Stephen King

A Crime, an investigation, confusion……

An eleven-year-old boy’s body is found in a local park. Fingerprints found at the scene point to local coach, Terry Maitland. Several eye witness accounts also place Maitland as having contact with the youth prior to his death, one even saw Maitland putting the boys bicycle in his white van. Police detective Ralph Anderson arrests Maitland during a baseball game that Maitland is coaching. He wants the public to know that they have arrested the boy’s killer. Maitland becomes the town pariah – but wait – eyewitnesses also place him attending a conference- not only that, there is video of him there. How in God’s green earth can he be two places at the same time? He doesn’t have a twin. He doesn’t have time to go back and forth between the two places…so what gives? As Ralph begins to question Terry’s guilt or innocence, Holly from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy shows up and things get kicked into high gear. She is the real gem in this book for me! King sometimes likes to have characters from one book show up in another and I am so happy he did with Holly. If you have not read the Mr. Mercedes trilogy – I highly suggest you do! You will appreciate her more in this book, if you have read the other books which feature her character!

This book felt like classic King to me. King is a great storyteller and he put his skills to use here. He had my attention and I was wholly invested in learning the how’s, what’s and why’s of this book.
My eyes hurt after reading this book – seriously they hurt as I read this, to quote Annie Wilkes “cock-a-doodie” book in two days!!! I loved every minute of it. Even if my eyes were screaming at the end.

King was the first Author to scare me, really scare me when I read my first book by him when I was a teenager. I then went on to binge read anything by him that I could get my hands on. All those thick paperback books they sold at my local five and dime store, I couldn’t scoop them up fast enough. It wasn’t enough to check them out from my local library, I had to own them! Looking back at my high school reading, I read Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen and Stephen King. All the ones required by my English Teacher and one of my choosing!

Stephen King has had some amazing books over the years and he has also had some duds. But he is the Author who I have enjoyed for the longest period of time. This book felt like Classic King to me. He has been writing for a long time and I imagine he will be writing for many years to come! There is a reason we all keep reading his books and why various Authors cite him as being their inspiration. This book did not scare me per se, but it was entertaining and mixed with classic King-isms – sarcastic humor, quirky characters, flawed characters, good natured ribbing, social commentary, and an underdog the reader wants to root for. Plus, as always, there is a creepy bad guy and an inevitable showdown of good vs. evil. King has not lost his touch – he’s still got it.

“By the time I was fourteen the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing.” -Stephen King

Here’s to many more years of writing!!!

Classic King!


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