The Outsider – Stephen King – Review

“Innocent people do go to prison. Sometimes for years, until someone finds out they were innocent after all. Then they get out, but they’re old.”IMG_1436.JPG


An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. An eleven year old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is 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 add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge.




I absolutely love Stephen King and I own so many of his books, they are all sat on my shelf however they never get read. I have made a promise to myself that I will make my way through these slowly but surely. The Outsider is one of those that have been sat on there for the longest.

Please not that not only is this a crime mystery thriller, it also included supernatural elements. I was not aware of this when I started the book, very naive of me .. it is a Stephen King book. It should also be noted that this is very dark, there is discussions regarding child sex abuse, descriptive explanations of suicide and other dark topics. Please be warned before you read this.

I really enjoyed my time reading this book, it kept me on my seat throughout and definitely took me by surprise in various different parts of the book. Stephen King has the unique ability to make the reader believe that they know who has done it and what is going to happen next only for him to throw a big fat curve ball at us and make us question our existence in life.

This book is dense, as it all of King’s books. It isn’t a quick read and you really do have to be dedicated to reading such a book. I am a fast reader and this book still took me 4 days to finish, there are so many words on the page. What I do enjoy is Stephen’s writing style. It is so atmospheric and descriptive that it really does help you to understand the world that you are in, relate to the characters and feel the emotions .. normally pain that they are going through.

I love Stephen King’s humour, and he did not disappoint me in The Outsider. He has the unique ability to be discussing a really serious topic and then take you by surprise with a humorous line. I was laughing out loud in parts I really should not have been.

Whilst this is a very long book, especially for a thriller, The Outsider is a fast paced suspense filled read that I would recommend to anybody who thinks they will be able to cope with the above trigger warnings. I enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series.

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