I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Outsider by Stephen King
Published by Scribner on May 22, 2018
Narrator: Will Patton
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Also by this author: Skeleton Crew, The Stand, Christine, The Institute, Carrie, Later, Needful Things
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
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, King’s propulsive 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.
We are back with another buddy read! This time it’s The Outsider by Stephen King, this is one of Barb’s favorite author. He use to be my favorite but I kind of got out of reading him and so I was excited to give him another try. After you check out my review go give Barbs a look see! 🙂
Here is what I thought
I have been going back and listening to a lot of older Stephen King books which has been interesting as I am finding out I don’t enjoy them as much as I did as a teen. So any of his newer releases I haven’t read so this is the first of his new releases and it has reminded me of why I use to love reading him in the first place. 🙂
It starts off with a young kid being gruesomely murdered and all the evidence points the local coach named Terry. The cops think they have enough information and decide to make a spectacle of things by arresting him at a little league game. They have decided the worst about him before they have even questioned him. Doing this turns the whole thing into a nightmare for all those involved.
The more they investigate the more Ralph isn’t so sure about things even though everything points to Terry. He has eyewitnesses who seen him near the crime scene they have his fingerprints, etc. The only thing is is that they also have proof he was where he said he was, so how can he be in two places at once.
The more digging they do the odder things become and they meet a woman named Holly who has been involved in a case that was similar to this and comes to look into this one. The ending was pretty weird and very enjoyable.
I can’t say that many of the characters where likeable, except for Holly I liked her. I do think I felt more sorry for Ralph than actually liking him. Things were to screwed up for him to really redeem himself though he does work to right things.
I haven’t enjoyed a Stephen King book in a really long time and the lady Holly is from the Bill Hodges Trilogy and so that might bother some who hasn’t read that series but it didn’t bother me but has made me want to go and get the trilogy to listen too! 🙂
Will Patton does an amazing job with this one and some of his voices just had me cracking up!!
Audio rating: 5