The Outsider

By Stephen King

The Outsider - Stephen King
  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 4,779 Ratings


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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.


  • Last half is great

    By Bar52
    The first third of the book was so repetitive I almost quit. I skipped to halfway through and started again. The last half is great but the first half needs to be edited.
  • The Outsider

    By eaglerivertracy
    Great story, great characters.
  • The Outsider

    By xxxx7709
    Not his best work. Too unbelievable and too much Holly.
  • A great book!

    By justinmthomas2003
    This is an intriguing book. Now I’m going to read Mr. Mercedes next because of that character, Holly Gilney.
  • Hard to read

    By ytegpoooopppp
    Hey y’all, I’m new to this group. So Y’all I’m reading Stephen king “the outsider” Trigger warning.. if you are sensitive to sexual trauma DO NOT PICK UP THIS BOOK… I’m having trouble getting through chapter 21 as I post and debating if I wanna keep going… it’s just really harsh and if you are sensitive again this is not the book for you. I’m asking without any spoilers do y’all think that it’s worth finishing? The interrogation itself makes me cringe and I don’t like how detailed he created…
  • One of my favorites

    By Stacey😑
    I had a paperback copy of this book when I first read it and I have never enjoyed a book more than this one. Stephen King is honestly an amazing author and the pure horror of this masterpiece and the detail and just overall feel of the storyline is bone chillingly amazing. The character development is incredible and the inclusion of old folklore is just honestly incredible. I definitely recommend this book for a read, especially if you’re a horror fan.
  • Excellent Read

    By SSith
    Great story. Read the book in one night!
  • Entertaining Read

    By dayeighyved
    There was an abundance of suspenseful moments and inexplicable mysteries to be solved, all of which panned out quite satisfyingly. The characters in the book were well developed and entertaining, helping to add lightheartedness to the story. I’d say the climax could have been more terrifying but I really can’t complain given the rest of the story. This story definitely scratched my itch for a thriller/mystery.
  • “People are blind to explanations that lie outside their perception of reality.”

    By Mars R Jr
    This was a fun read. Couldn’t stop reading. Didn’t want to stop. It was fun to discover more of what this monster was with the rest of the characters. The monster was a take on the boogeyman. More so el cuco. At least that’s what it seemed since they were all relating it to el cuco. It was weird at times to think it’s a bunch of Americans taking down a Mexican legend. An old Mexican legend taken down a little too easily. Besides that, I was taken back by Sablo, the Mexican officer. The way he spoke seemed weird and out of date. He called Anderson ese. He said ay caramba. Honestly, I would have believed he was Mexican American without the Spanish. He knew the lore of el cuco and even knew about the luchadoras. That would have been enough. Holly and Anderson however were my favorite. I liked reading how they investigated and found out details. This makes me want to read the Bill Hodges Trilogy. I recommend this book if you’re thinking about reading it. It was fast and fun. One thing I appreciate about King’s writing is how it reads like a movie. The visuals and sounds are there. And every ending has its cliff hanger that leads into the next part.
  • Great read!

    By haidbdoanrh
    Really gripping story the whole way through!