The Outsider - Stephen King

The Outsider

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 3,980 Ratings


Now an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn!​

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.


  • not what i expected

    By ve2peoniic2
    a murder mystery is kind of unusual territory for stephen king. i liked it a lot and the characters felt very human. i loved the way you could feel them changing as the plot progressed. in a lot of his books the characters are almost unrealistically quick to accept the supernatural. this feels like a more realistic take. it does drag on too long and a lot of the content is people sitting around in various suburban locations just chatting. unlike a lot of king's books which are too long because they take a very winding path to the finish, jumping around between fringe characters who will probably never appear again, this one just drags on in a straight path, cycling between the same characters and locations until like the third act where there's some action. fortunately it's a stephen king novel so every word is intoxicating, this man could write an academic paper on soil and i would eat it up. i will say it didn't keep me on the edge of the seat like a lot of his books have. still very much worth a read.
  • One of King’s best.

    By Iriseheehwjjwjwjw
    I overall just absolutely loved reading this. I was sooo invested the entire time. Highly recommend.
  • Not the greatest

    By ShayA22
    this book was pretty good but definitely not one of my favorites by Steven king. It was hard to get into - held me for a while - then hard to finish.
  • The Outsider

    By Sues004
    I’m sorry to say this book came off pretty corny. I kept hoping I would get to the end long before I did.
  • 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