A Review of 'The Outsider' by Stephen King
A kid is found brutally raped and murdered. There are several eye witnesses and with DNA results it looks like it's an open and shut case. However the accused, Terry Maitland has a cast- iron alibi. He says that he was in another city with enough witnesses of his own. Is it possible that a person could have been in two places at one time?
The book starts with a shocking act of violence. It reads like a crime thriller and the pages keep turning. The case keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. The twists keep coming. And you wonder which trick King is going to pull out of his hat next.
The first half of the book is taut, even frenzied. But the second half starts to slow and then comes to a stop, presumably to build to the inevitable, shocking conclusion. And while I loved every word, the ending left me wanting more. I can't put my finger on it, but I felt like I was expecting fireworks and I got a whimper. A sense of deja Vu. Like I've read this all before.
The characters are good. The story is strong. The suspense will keep you reading well into the night and if you're reading King for the first time maybe even the ending will pack a punch.
On a side note, a character from King's other trilogy appears in this book. And while it is not necessary to read that series in order to follow the events in this book, it does contain a lot of spoilers. So if you hate those, you might want to read the Finders Keepers series first.
My opinion on the ending aside, I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading this book because of how much I enjoyed reading it on the whole.
Let me know what you thought of the book (spoiler free please) in the comments. Or/and what you thought of the ending.
Goodreads Rating: 4.1
My rating is ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
My rating system:
5 Stars - Awesome, must read!
4 Stars - Very Good.
3 Stars - Good
2 Stars - Umm, didn't work for me.
1 Star - Bad, just bad.