The Outsider - Stephen King

The Outsider

Author: Stephen King

  • Publication Date: 2018-05-22
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 3,912 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.


  • Cliche at best

    By Froggy_j
    I don’t get all the rave reviews. The characters are cliché and the murder is just a gross fantasy. If this were written by anyone else it’d be more clear to people.
  • Must Read!

    By Mawma2319
    Amazinggggg!!!!! I couldn’t stop reading it! Saw the show right after. The show was good but the book was way better!
  • Spooky and captivating

    By Heather Bellwood
    My mom and I are big Stephen King fans and this book was one of the bests! The story line was fantastic and kept me on my toes!
  • Page turner!

    By mpetty5
    Genuinely struggled to quit reading the book most of the time. It’s such an entertaining and mysterious thriller that I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Read it every chance I could get...going to the bathroom, walking inside stores, waiting in drive-thru’s, etc. Highly recommend, well worth the read.
  • Good but I did not like the ending

    By furnaceroadblue
    When I finished reading it. I felt like the villain himself was not worthy of all that good writing that led up to him finally being revealed at the end. He seemed thin and two dimensional to me. It bums me because if he’d been really good. This book would have been five stars for me.
  • Exciting...

    By wilscowa
    Until the end. Left so many questions and felt incomplete
  • Thought it was great!

    By Mr_Hamburger
    I loved this book from start to finish. If you don’t already know, characters from Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End Of Watch are featured. If you’re interested, you might start with them first.
  • Worth the Read 100%

    By MathOsGuru
    Title says it all. King did a great job of making it hard to put this one down. No disappointments whatsoever. Kudos for a great novel.
  • Captivating

    By ranikamanaaa
    Very captivating story. Loved it
  • It was ok

    By Yelps10056
    First Half of Book: Phenomenal..very riveting Second Half of Book: Dragged on and on and on Basically I found myself enjoying the “natural” portion of bored with the “supernatural” section FYI: I am a dedicated Stephen King reader, I have read almost all his books; therefore I understand his material.