The Outsider

The Outsider

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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?
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, London : 2018
ISBN: 9781473676350
9781473676404
Branch Call Number: AF KING

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chellelibrarycard
Sep 23, 2018

This book was well-written and an easy and enjoyable read, howver, I feel like there was so much missed opportunity with this storyline that could have fine in a different direction with more suspense. It became less believable toward the end.

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talk2terih
Sep 15, 2018

It was wonderful to see Mr. King get back in touch with his roots and write a creepy, legend-inspired, page-turner that you won't want to read just before you fall asleep. The story isn't entirely vintage King, but is close enough that those of us who fell in love with the early books could feel all the old chills and shudders. King's maturity as a writer is evidenced by his deeply developed and complex characters, all flawed in some ways, but able to forge a Tolkienesque fellowship for the destruction of the titular Outsider.

I don't blame King for deviating from the early books that made him famous. No author wants to continually write the same book for 40 years. Well, no talented writer does. And while I haven't liked his recent work as much, there were a few titles I really liked, but for different reasons. I found this blend of the old with the new very satisfying and hope he writes another similar book for his long time fans in the near future.

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mmerrillrn
Sep 14, 2018

Had the making of a great story, then he ruined it...AGAIN! Shape shifting mythical creature feeding off of sadness, horrible!! There are so many other great books out there, don't waste your time on this. This was my fist and last Stephen King, my husband warned me, but I didn't listen. My bad.

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Newmommy09
Sep 04, 2018

An enjoyable read, especially with Holly Gibney added to the mix. A bit like "It" , an unexplainable thing that is killing and causing mayhem. In the end they find it in a cave...hmmm.. and confront the thing. I enjoyed the character development more than the actual shape-shifting "thing."

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reaganhutchinson
Aug 26, 2018

Love it! He is really a amazing writer. this is the fourth book of the bill hodgens series i found out. Was told i would of liked it better if i read the whole series first. I got to say beginning good, middle slow, end better, ending eh. I mean its stephen king and i got to say its good but it seems he got bored writing round the mid/end. still worth a read! be up late saying this is the last chapter one after the next

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janetnorm
Aug 20, 2018

Too predictable. Shape shifting we learned on Star Trek, the original.

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JohnHow
Aug 11, 2018

My first and last Stephen King novel. An interesting story line, but a ridiculous ending. And way too much profanity.

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ati3414
Aug 11, 2018

Complete garbage from the garbage master. An idiotic plot with zero suspense, bad grammar and boring writing style. Lower than zero.

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esheehy
Aug 09, 2018

The Outsider is the first Stephen King novel that I have read. Therefore, I do not know if it is one of his best or not. It certainly did not inspire me to run out and gobble up any of his other books. I was intrigued by the premise of a crime thriller merged with the supernatural, but at 560 pages this was a definite slog. King is so immensely popular and successful, I guess no editor would dare suggest paring back some of the backstories or repetition of plot points.

Even the creep-out scenes for me were ho-hum and not particularly clever or cringe-inducing. A boogieman under the bed --oh my! I know King has millions of fans, but I found his writing style to be prosaic and clunky at times. In what is supposed to be one of the most tense scenes in the novel, a life or death situation, the two characters are bantering movie trivia about "Rebel Without a Cause." Really? Talk about breaking the spell. I know I am in the minority, but this massive tome was disappointing.

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DebitDad
Aug 05, 2018

I loved the first half of this book and was only sorry when, halfway through, it turned to the supernatural. It is Stephen King, after all, but I badly wanted a real-life resolution. The second half is classic Stephen King, so fans should not be disappointed. I thought the story would have been stronger had he not resurrected characters and stories from his Bill Hodges Trilogy, which I felt he had neatly ended. Indeed, anyone who has not read that trilogy might have a little difficulty in tracking everything in the second half. I also kind of wish King would give his characters more modern names (Jack, Bill and such appear a lot in King's work - good names but overused). All that said, this is still probably the most compelling King book in a while and is very difficult to put down.

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