The Outsider - Stephen King

If you can't let go of the past, the mistakes you've made will eat you alive.

The Outsider is a thriller/mystery novel by Stephen King, first published in May 2018. It tells the story of Terry Maitland who's arrested for the murder of a 12-year-old boy in his hometown. His fingerprints and DNA are scattered over the victim's dead body and a tree branch used to sodomize the boy. The pieces of evidence are as clear as day, but the problem is that Terry was outside the city when the murder happened and he has strong evidence and witnesses to back the claim up. The polices of Flint City now has to solve a seemingly impossible case of a person being in two different locations at the same time.

As you might expect from a Stephen King novel, this is not an ordinary detective story as there are supernatural elements that play a big role in the story. But that doesn't diminish the quality of detective works that are displayed by the characters. As always, all the characters have diverse background, motivation, and personality that fuel the conflicts in the story.

Although, in my opinion, the first 200 pages of the story are quite boring, they establish the necessary foundation for the story to develop toward a satisfying ending. Overall, I think this book is better than Sleeping Beauties and definitely worth your money and time.

The Outsider
Stephen King
First Published
May 22, 2018