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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 L
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Hardcover, 561 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Scribner
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Jennifer As someone else already said people can receive ARC's however because Goodreads allows reviews before release, people tend to rate the book regardless…moreAs someone else already said people can receive ARC's however because Goodreads allows reviews before release, people tend to rate the book regardless of whether or not they have read it. For Example, some will rate it 5 stars simply because they love Stephen King and write "IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS" as a review. It's really unfortunate.(less)
Northrop Frye You will like this one much more if you have read the trilogy.
King could of named this "part 4" of the Bill Hodges books and few would…more
You will like this one much more if you have read the trilogy.
King could of named this "part 4" of the Bill Hodges books and few would disagree.(without a certain main character)(less)

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Matthew
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
King has done it again! The last time I was this enthralled with one of his books was Finders Keepers. While I do read a lot, it is not often I find a book that I don't want to put down at all. In fact, the biggest selling point is that I am in no way, shape or form a morning person. Dragging myself out of bed is the greatest challenge of my day. But, I woke up early, without a alarm, when I had about 100 pages to go because I was so into it I couldn't stop thinking about it and wanted to finish ...more
Julie
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, e-book, thrillers
The Outsider by Stephen King is a 2018 Scribner publication.

Classic, quintessential King-

An eleven -year old boy is found brutally murdered and strong evidence points to Little League coach Terry Maitland. Detective Ralph Anderson is particularly outraged and makes the fateful decision to arrest Terry in public, creating a media sensation in the process. But, as the investigation begins to unfold, doubts and alternative evidence make Ralph question Terry’s guilt. As the mystery deepens the horr
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Kemper
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’ve been reading Uncle Stevie for about 35 years now, and there’s been plenty of peaks and valleys in my fandom. This time out he found a whole new way to disappoint me.

A young boy has been brutally murdered, and all the clues point directly at Terry Maitland. This is shocking because Terry is a happily married family man and all-around good guy whose coaching of youth sports has made him one of the most popular and respected people in town, and there’s never been the slightest hint of any kind
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
3.5? 3.75?

This started off really good but it slowed down towards the end. I was happy there was some connection to the Bill Hodges series (which I liked a lot!!) but I was overall underwhelmed.

Recommend it but it's not for everyone.
Carol
YES! My first super favorite of 2018!

REALLY good stuff here....BAFFLING stuff....CREEPY crawling chilling stuff.....and most of all....Stephen KING excellence in storytelling stuff!

Just another murder - Just another mystery - Not by a long shot! At first, I thought, hmmmmm.....something so different from the KING this time around, but then after a disgustingly heinous murder of a young boy....and the arrest of an important, well respected man....came a shocker. Holy Crap! Now What? We're not e

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Char
I loved the first half of this book so much, I hardly knew what to do with myself. I just wanted to be reading every minute of the day. Don't get me wrong, the second half was good, it just didn't impress me quite as much.

I'm not going to rehash the plot, because today, only one week from the release date, there are already hundreds of reviews that do that. I'm just going to give a few of my thoughts and impressions:

The first quarter of this book was outstanding. It reminded me of all the reason
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Johann (jobis89)
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Reality is thin ice, but most people skate on it their whole lives and never fall through until the very end."

An eleven-year-old's body is found in a park following a brutal murder. Eyewitness accounts and fingerprint evidence point to the popular Little League coach and teacher, Terry Maitland. But Terry also has an alibi for the time of the crime...

MY BOY'S STILL GOT IT. I straight up loved this book from the very first page until the final words. King proves once again that he is the master
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Edward Lorn
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret that The Outsider was my most anticipated novel of 2018, right up there with Neverworld Wake, by Marisha Pessl, and Providence, by Caroline Kepnes. So did it live up to the hype and, furthermore, my expectations? You're damn skippy it did, and then some.

This is not a return to form for Stephen King. This is not "Old School" King. This is the best of new Stephen King. The Outsider stands right up there with recent favorites, like Revival. In fact, I've bumped The Waste Lands off my
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Susanne Strong
4 Stars

King does it again! Simply masterful.

Young Frankie Peterson is dead. His death was brutal: gruesome, horrific and completely senseless. All evidence points to Terry Maitland, beloved Little League Coach, as the murderer. His fingerprints are all over the crime scene and eye-witnesses place him with Peterson moments before his death. Enraged by the viciousness of the crime, and convinced of Maitland’s guilt, Detective Ralph Anderson arranges for the public arrest of Maitland: in front of h
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

WARNING: SPOILER-ISH

“Doesn’t look like a monster, does he?”

“They rarely do.”


First things first: I don’t know if I simply lucked out or if the library is officially terrified of me at this point and placed me first on the waiting list, but whatever the case I am truly grateful to have received this on release day. On the flip side, since I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to get my grubby paws on The Outsider, there aren’t
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
There is a few special moments that happen in life. One of them being one that gets me every single time.


And even if I don't go ape over the book that is his new one at the time, I'll always pick up that next one.
Because...…


I'll admit that the first half of this part had me drooling in my sleep. I've been working all the hours at work and can barely hold my eyes open for 2 minutes but once I actually started this one I was mumbling around (something about yessssss my King....)


Then I got to th
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Zoeytron
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: public-library
A man with a ruint face and tattoos crawling up his arms - now you see him, now you don't.  A dirty white van, a flapping yellow bra strap, and frightening flashbacks of a rotten cantaloupe from childhood.  An open and shut case that most assuredly isn't.  Skin and bones, a skeleton screams.  Take heed of a man with a sack; trust me, it ain't Santa. 

"Dreams are the way we touch the unseen world . . ."  Beware, the nightmare is about to begin.
Matt
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Stephen King has done it again with a powerful story that pulls the reader into the middle and will not let them go. Mixing his ability to write mysteries with a long-established foundation for the supernatural, this novel will impress the dedicated reader ready for an adventure like no other. When a boy’s body is discovered, murdered and sexually assaulted, many of the witnesses and evidence point to Terry Maitland. The town’s baseball coach, Maitland was described by many to be the salt of the ...more
Suzanne
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! There is one thing I always know when going into a Stephen King novel, I’m going to enjoy it immensely but do not even begin to ponder how dark or weird it will end up being. This one isn’t his weirdest or darkest but it was one of my favorites. I thoroughly loved this and Sleeping Beauties in the last couple years. I found this one had the perfect blend of mystery and magic with one hell of a cast. There’s crime, legend, and fantasy and a surprisingly quick read even thou ...more
J.D. Barker
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved THE OUTSIDER by @StephenKing - Murder, baseball, and gut-wrenching suspense. This is classic King at his best.
Kealan Burke
Agh, this one was hard. 65% of this book is some of King’s best, most original, and most assured writing in years. It’s when the novel switches track and truly delves into the nature of the antagonist that it begins to get a little cheesy and, overly familiar. I was excited when I heard this was a supernatural horror novel. Now I think that’s what derailed it. This might have been an incredible crime novel and easily one of King’s best books. Instead it goes from wholly original and compelling t ...more
Robin
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: friends of the fantastical
I haven’t read Stephen King in about 20 years - not since he pissed me off with It, when he made me read a nasty child-orgy as a reward for making it through about 1000 pages. Earlier this month I read his On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in the hopes of getting some writerly enlightenment, and was disappointed. But that’s neither here nor there. I decided, after being enticed by many positive reviews, and with the intention of giving the King another chance, to see what it would be like readin ...more
Glenn Sumi
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How does Stephen King do it? The guy turns 71 this September, and he’s still at the top of his game. This is the 16th book of his I’ve read, and it’s easily one of his best.

Everything is so sharply done: plotting, pacing, characters, twists, the villain. The book is 560 pages, but it never feels padded. From the shocking beginning, to the many revelations, to the introduction of a beloved King character at the midpoint, to the climactic end, I was never bored. In fact, I hauled the book out when
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Justin
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
As another famous author once said (Dickens, I think. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He has a pretty big underground following)...

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. And, yes, here we have a tale of two stories.

The first half of The Outsider was a thrill ride. Look, I was going to bed late and getting up early just plowing right through this thing. I had the giant hardback copy, and the pages were just turning at a rate I’ve not seen myself read in quite some time. It was probably
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Sadie Mother Horror
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*no spoiler review* However, if you don't want to know anything about this book, please save this review for later.
I have been waiting for a book like this from King for a long, long time. I'd say I've wanted a book like this since 11/22/63-- I loved that book but it wasn't horror. After 11/22/63 we had a string of "middle of the road" books or good books that fell just short of horror for this Constant Reader. Dr. Sleep, The Bill Hodges Trilogy, Revival, Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Sleeping Beauties.
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Rebecca McNutt
Stephen King's still got it! (It's been quite a while though since I read a book of his, so this was fairly recent for me). It's a bit of a step away from his usual brand of horror which is almost oddly familiar and nostalgic, instead delving into heinous crimes and one poor guy caught up in the middle of it and being fingered for murder - a complex puzzle ensues, and although it begins to get predictable as it goes on, the story itself has terrific prose and decent characters as most of King's ...more
Theresa Alan
If you’re a fan of the X-Files, meaning you can deal with story lines that can’t be fully explained by science, you will probably enjoy this book. I loved Mr. Mercedes, but part of the reason I liked that novel so much was because things were explained by old-fashioned detective work. In this book, we have to stretch our imaginations. A man considered to be the pillar of the community is accused of a heinous crime. Numerous people saw him walking around covered in blood. It’s a small town and as ...more
Cody | codysbookshelf
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Kayla Dawn
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-besitz
3,5* - I really really love Kings writing style and his characters. He knows how to create the perfect atmosphere for every situation possible. But unfortunately the story itself fell flat for me. It was predictable and nothing new I guess? It just didn't overwhelm me. But it was still an nice read and it seems like most people enjoyed it a lot :)
Kevin Kuhn
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story has such a great ‘hook’, it’s like the book version of “Sweet Caroline”. I’m sure it’s been done before (hasn’t everything?), but the way King builds tension with evidence that Terry Maitland must have committed a horrifying crime, but also can’t have committed a horrifying crime is perfect. I could not have stopped reading this book if I wanted to, I HAD to know what happened.

“. . . or how Terry Maitland could have been in two places at the same time. He kept coming up against those
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Becky
SIGH... Many people are going to love this book. Probably most of them will love it for all (or at least some) of the reasons that I did not. And that's OK. If you want to read reviews praising this book there are already many of them out there you may enjoy.

Mine will not be one of them. This is apparently, going to be Episode #4 of my review series that is slowly but surely becoming "Maybe Stephen King Should Have Retired at 65." Definitely with spoilers and curse words and ranty bits. Reader
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Morgannah
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Guess who actually finished a Stephen King book?

I abandoned both Doctor Sleep and Revival because I simply didn't have the attention span to plow through them. I completely passed on Sleeping Beauties after a couple of trusted GR friends told me it probably wasn't for me. Thankfully The Outsider's quick pacing and fascinating characters kept me turning the pages well into the night when I should have been sleeping.
This is for you Mr. King:

In The Outsider Mr. King does what he does best, he op
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Andrew Smith
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find it hard to believe, now, that I avoided the lure of King’s books for so long. I’d seen a couple of film adaptations - Christine and The Shining - and though I’d enjoyed them they didn’t compel me to grab one of his novels off the shelf. I think it was a fear of finding myself reading something that I couldn’t believe in – my aversion to all things paranormal – that was stopping me. Then a reader friend persuaded me to give him a try and I very quickly grasped why he’s sold so many books: ...more
Kelly Hager
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so creepy. Like, relentlessly creepy. And if you thought (like I did) that he couldn't top Brady from the Mr. Mercedes series...well, we both had no idea this was coming down the pike.

On a related note, I was happy to see the connections to Mr. Mercedes (yes, I'm keeping this vague, because we learn some things and I don't want to spoil anything) but I also very much enjoyed all the new characters. I hope we spend more time in this universe.

This is honestly one of the most disturbin
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Trish
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's no end to the universe.

What a wild ride! The premise is fairly simple but nonetheless shocking:

An 11-year-old boy has been viciously raped, bitten (as in parts of his body are missing, might have been eaten) and killed. The police almost immediately have the perpetrator: Terry Maitland, coach of many other boys of the same age (baseball) and one of those people with a proverbial white vest. Several witnesses give a full 360° picture of him taking the boy and eventually emerging from ci
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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