The Outsider - Stephen King

The Outsider

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,488 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.


  • 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.
  • Amazing

    By Iwantcredits
    One of those books that is hard to put down... suspenseful the entire way through.
  • King being King

    By itmeltedintowonder
    Terrifically terrifying story. It took me a moment to settle in and read it, once I did I couldn’t put it down. He’s still got it.
  • Holy Cow

    By jbonnerlaf
    This book is AMAZIIING couldn’t put it down!
  • He’s Done It Yet Again

    By Big Jeezey
    I’ve been a Stephen King fan since I was a kid growing up in the 90s. His books stir a guttural reaction from me unlike any other. This book is no exception. His carefully crafted plot lines, interwoven with the internal struggles of each character, has you invested and on the edge of your seat from the grisly start to the power packed ending. If you’re like me and try to piece together clues and minor details left by King as a sordid scavenger hunt of sorts.....then this is the book for you! Full of dread, parallels to today’s world and amazing characters and dialogue you can’t help but get invested in. Sad I finished it!
  • King never disappoints

    By Babyluv72
    Still one of the best authors I have ever read.