The Outsider - Stephen King

The Outsider

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 2,689 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER—soon to be an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn!

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.


  • Very satisfied

    By SylG2214
    My eyes glued to each page, heart racing, chewing on my nails, scared at some points to where I couldn’t get up to pee without feeling all heeby geeby. Just about the best book I have read in a while!
  • Fantastic book. Easy, quick read.

    By Smolek2
    I loved this book. That’s all. Please read it.
  • Gripping

    By santosh2210
    Enjoyed reading this book. Keeps you interested throughout. Entertaining.
  • Top Notch Thriller

    By Brianrmc
    It is amazing to me that Mr. King keeps getting better and better. I finished this in two days.
  • Stunning

    By Zssjjandcjzjebxb
    This book throws you into the scene right away with not much to work with. Absolute classic loved it
  • Couldn’t put the book down!

    By CantResisTheMusic
    Picked it up from Barnes & Noble just because I wanted something to read but didn’t end up starting it till a few days later. Regret. The book kept me on my toes and has a good build of suspense and mystery to it. Each new clue got you thinking about what could happen next or what a character might say or react! The ending was good and left me satisfied. I even think a sequel of some sort would be great.
  • Well Done!

    By TurtleTurtleSoup
    As always, Mr. King never ceases to amaze and keep me captivated and this one was a great read!
  • It’s too easy.

    By Ziangphilo
    The book was one of the best I have ever read until the supernatural element got involved. Since one could employ super nature almost without limitations, the story becomes cheap and cliché. I guess eventually, you can’t make one man “appear at different places at the same time.” Mission failed.
  • Disappointed

    By Hobbes56
    This book has a promising beginning but man, does it go downhill fast. The premise allows for something very interesting, but the story turns into something very juvenile. The villain is a strange, silly choice. Unfortunately that is not the worst part of this book. The characters are stereotypical, poorly developed and predictable. Yune and Holley are the worst. Yune is supposed to be Mexican-American and at the beginning of the book frequently uses the word “ese.” By the end of the book he inexplicably uses more and more Spanish in his speech. Does King know any Mexican-Americans? This caricature makes me believe that he does not. Then there’s Holley. We for sure know Holley is 1) meek and mild, but only until she needs not to be 2) very thin. Oh and she loves Walmart and has grey hair. In essence she is the trope of all tropes. A timid woman who is actually very intelligent, strong and can and will save the day, but will still blush when complimented. These characters are flat and can in no way make up for the supremely absurd plot.
  • Wowie

    By Sparklebow
    I just wanna say wow. This book is amazing and extremely hard to put down. Mr.King makes some of the best books I’ve ever read, and the plot just pulls u in to reading more. Amazing just amazing.