But Terry also has an alibi for the time of the crime I straight up loved this book from the very first page until the final words. King proves once again that he is the master "Reality is thin ice, but most people skate on it their whole lives and never fall through until the very end.
King proves once again that he is the master when it comes to horror and suspense. This book had me feeling disturbed and unsettled on a few occasions, whilst also having me sending frantic messages to my BG friends like "What the eff just happened?! It was so addictive that I was seriously considering booking days off work so that I could just fly through it.
But it's also so good that I wanted to take my time and really savour being in a great King book. There were twists and turns galore, and at no point could I really predict what route King would go down. I love King most of all when he is completely unpredictable. One of my favourite things about King's writing is those scenes that really just feel so simple. And by that I mean different characters or family members just chatting in the kitchen over a coffee. He has a way of making seemingly "bland" parts of the story really damn interesting. He just knows how to craft these characters we care about and have them interact in a way that feels real.
He doesn't need to be building constant suspense or throwing scares our way to hook your attention. It's the more quiet moments in his books that I live for. And there's plenty of those in here as well as the crazy, exciting, unsettling parts. A couple of scenes in particular had those little hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.
I really liked these characters a lot more than those presented in Sleeping Beauties, these ones actually did feel more memorable. We also got to see the reappearance of a certain King character that I found very exciting. I was just fangirling all over the place. Connections and crossovers within the King universe will always please us Constant Readers. I've warned everyone on my instagram numerous times You're doing yourself a HUGE disservice if you don't! If you have zero interest in ever reading the trilogy then work away, but if not And no one enjoys that shit.
I just feel so happy that King is still writing and releasing books of this quality. I get a bit pissed when people throw shade on King's more recent stuff and say things like "Oh I much prefer classic King". Would you want your favourite band to keep releasing albums over and over that have the same kind of sound? No, I want my bands to evolve and change, just like I want King to. He is constantly trying different things, or different genres. He doesn't rest on his laurels, he's always trying to challenge himself and I respect that.
Probably my favourite book of so far - all the stars! View all 19 comments. 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 and recommend you read first since there are some spoilers here! Recommend it but it's not for everyone. View all 22 comments.
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 I loved the first half of this book so much, I hardly knew what to do with myself.
It reminded me of all the reasons I love King in the first place. Then the second quarter? It was even better! I know that my mouth dropped open when I was reading quite a few times and who doesn't love being surprised? The third quarter brings us Ms. Holly Gibney, who was probably my favorite character from the Bill Hodges crime trilogy which began with Mr. Mercedes , but the pacing began to slow. The fourth quarter just got draggy and I wanted things to wrap up. By the time we approached the denouement, I was still enjoying myself, but not as much.
Perhaps it's because I expect so much from King and it's just not possible for anyone, even him, to live up to my expectations? Perhaps, it's because I was also reading CARRIE at the same time for a book club meeting, and that short novel reminded me how lean and mean King can be? Even so, a 4 star King book is worth 2 or 3 of most other author's 5 star books, so you should still read it! I hope you enjoy it, if you do! View all 65 comments. Oct 15, Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Lately I've been wondering if I'm not compatible with Stephen King's newer novels.
I was sorely disappointed in Sleeping Beauties last year, so I was hesitant to pick up The Outsider immediately. After waiting a few months and giving the hype time to die down, I finally decided it would be the next pick on my unread shelf to div Lately I've been wondering if I'm not compatible with Stephen King's newer novels. After waiting a few months and giving the hype time to die down, I finally decided it would be the next pick on my unread shelf to dive into.
Guys, I am SO glad I picked this up; The Outsider has given me faith in the new brand of King and the reassurance that it's ok not to click with an author's every piece of work. I had been warned ahead of time that this wouldn't be a straightforward crime novel, and I think that guidance helped me place my expectations in just the right place before embarking on this strange and fascinating journey.
The book felt like it was divided into two separate stories, yet connected centrally in a way that flows and is understandable once you've read the book. Part police procedural, part old school horror, this book was entirely compulsive and satisfying. We begin with a beloved local father figure accused of a horrific crime TW for graphic descriptions of child murder, sodomy, pedophilia, and desecration of a body , and I was pleased and a bit shocked at how well King transformed a seemingly straightforward investigation into a thrilling page turner. After some major plot twists, the characters begin to realize that something beyond the natural is at large, and I think this is where he lost some readers.
In most of the negative reviews I've seen it's been the supernatural aspect that was a turning point. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed the inclusion of folklore and found this to be a fresh, new way to spin an old formula into something unique and memorable. I don't want to say too much about the plot, butI did find it interesting how he loosely tied this to the Bill Hodges trilogy.
I would love to see this as the beginning of a new trilogy featuring view spoiler [Holly hide spoiler ] and Ralph, so if the Stephen King angels are listening, this is my formal plea. Initially, I was going to give this 4 stars, but the fact that I finished this book days ago and haven't stopped thinking about it and fleshing the details out in my mind over and over proves that it was a 5 star experience for this reader. I'd love to chat about this one with some other folks who have read it!
View all 13 comments. This was my favorite book of hands down. I never actually ended up writing a full review for it. This haunts me. Am I the only person this happens to? In an effort to appease some of my guilt, let me get a few thoughts down: I really enjoyed the topics explored in this book. Particularly, the idea that sometimes the court of public opinion is much more unforgiving and harsh than any court of law. I also enjoyed how King showed vignettes of various characters, all flawed, in the town where our d This was my favorite book of hands down. I also enjoyed how King showed vignettes of various characters, all flawed, in the town where our drama unfolds.
He described so well the way the main event affected various people like when a stone gets thrown in a pond. It created ripples spreading out and enveloping many lives. I loved this. It reminded me a bit of the way things roll out in Needful Things. And of course, most of all, I loved my second favorite character from The Bill Hodges trilogy making an appearance!
I knew it was going to happen and I waited and waited and waited and then Reunited and it feels so good!!! The supernatural elements were also fantastic in my opinion. There were classic King scenes that gave me absolute chills and left me wanting to leave the light on when I went to bed.
I would definitely recommend reading The Bill Hodges trilogy first. If you do and you don't like it, this may not be the book for you. I don't know. I'm on the fence. I think for people who are huge fans of that trilogy, it makes this book extra special. I suppose you could read this on its own, I just can't attest to what your experience will be. For me, half the thrill was getting a character I thought I would never see again back in my life.
I know I will end up reading this again someday. I love to reread King books. Most likely if I do read it again, I will read the entire BH trilogy with this one added on the end. Forever may it reign. So, this sort of counts as a review right? I annotated and everything but how do you review perfection? Just, how? View all 23 comments. May 27, Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves: super-favorite , chunkster , published , mystery-thriller , read , horror , stephen-king , favorites.
My first super favorite of ! We're not e YES! View all 26 comments. Blurb An unspeakable crime. I I love Stephen King and in this novel, he has finally come back. I loved his older books and this one filled me with excitement and the horror kept on coming. Things just don't seem to be seen as they are suppose to be.
This one actually scared me. If you are after a good scare, I highly recommend this book. If you loved the Bill Hodges Series, this one will be a big treat. It was a big treat for me. I suggest to read The Bill Hodges Series first and you will get a big surprise when you read this. If you don't want to read the series, I guess that would be fine because it's just the character development I think that you will be missing.
This one made my top ten list of View all 85 comments. Jun 27, Matt 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. While Maitland professes his innocence, Anderson turns a deaf ear, sure that the forensics are irrefutable. A solid alibi exists for Maitland being a fair distance away, with equally persuasive alibi witnesses and physical evidence, though Anderson chooses not to give this much merit.
How can a man be in two places at once and does DNA lie? When the evidence is extrapolated by a guilty Anderson, who cannot rest until he knows the truth, all eyes turn to Dayton, Ohio, where Maitland spent some of his time with family. Gibney, eccentric as ever, is curious and agrees to take the case, poking around and asking the right questions. She soon discovers that there is more to Terry Maitland than meets the eye and the case is blown wide open. What follows is a series of events that turns the small town of Flint City into the centre of a larger and more disturbing mystery, with ties to a piece of Mexican folklore.
Is there a way to be in two places at once? Who is the mysterious man that appears in the dreams of many around town, making threats of violence? King offers up answers to these and many others in his latest piece of stunning fiction. Those who can stomach Stephen King will surely love this book, though his trademark meandering might turn the less than prepared off reading this stellar novel!
I will be the first to admit that it takes a certain kind of reader to enjoy Stephen King. His masterful ability to tell a story is surrounded by layers of tangential writing and minor characters seeking their time in the spotlight. However, if one can handle this sort of storytelling, there is a core tale that is almost addictive and one cannot walk away without being impacted.
King does a masterful job here, focussing his attention on many people throughout the piece.
Terry Maitland receives strong character development throughout the early portion of the novel, his life dragged through the mud as the accusations against him pile high. He seeks to clear his name, though the evidence appears to make this close to impossible. Ralph Anderson and Holly Gibney, though not the only others who share a significant amount of the spotlight, are two that will not soon be forgotten by readers. Anderson is the police official seeking justice over all else and not wanting to let his gaffes hang too long around him.
Mercedes trilogy, where her unique style seems to have made its mark. Gibney divorces herself from the socially acceptable world and tells things as she sees them, no matter the consequences. Scores of other characters dot the narrative and push it forward, keeping the reader enthralled and wanting more, their characteristics sometimes a flash in the pan, but always appreciated.
What appears to be the thread the narrative will follow is soon abandoned for a different pathway, but one the reader can enjoy without too many mental gymnastics. I understand how many may not have liked this piece or found it too I know all too well that King can be difficult to digest and it takes a certain type of reader to understand him.
That being said, I cannot praise this recent piece enough and await the next novel to see what else he has in store. Kudos, Mr.
Book review: The Outsider is one of Stephen King's best novels in a while - The National
King, for another winner. While I have been critical of some work you produce, you always keep me guessing and wondering what you have in mind when I crack open another of your pieces of writing. View all 44 comments. Jun 03, Robin rated it it was ok Recommends it for: friends of the fantastical.
Shelves: american , , horror. Earlier this month I read his On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in the hopes of getting some writerly enlightenment, and was disappointed. 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 reading his fiction again, at this point in my life.
The beginning started off with a bang. A gritty police procedural, with a more-than-intriguing plot of a man who was, according to fingerprints and DNA, in two places at the same time. How is it possible? Who committed the atrocious child murder? But then, as things progressed, I started getting scared. Not an I can only read this in a well lit room kind of scared. It was a different kind of dread that plagued me.
Even more specifically, it was this better not go all supernatural on me scared. I love dark things. I love being freaked out, shocked, disgusted. I love barely being able to open my eyes for fear of the words or images in front of them. I have vivid memories of reading The Shining in the corner of my bedroom as a teenager, in living, pulsing fear so delicious it was almost an out of body experience.
I suppose I was trying to chase that dragon by picking up this book.
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So, much of the 2nd half was like listening to a balloon slowly losing air, with a long, slobbery hiss. King put on the hard sell - begging us to buy this story, which just served to emphasise the farfetchedness of it. I tried. I tried to keep an open mind. But it was too much. The ending was borderline cheeseball, despite the fact that I quite enjoyed the character of Holly, who astute King readers will recognise from the Bill Hodges series.
It was way too long, and could have been condensed easily. He could have cut a ton of repetition just one minor example is the constant comparison of one character to Alfalfa because of his cowlick - we GET it, already. This book is widely praised - and by many of my favourite Goodreads friends. After all, how can you beat that thrill, that initial discovery of the dank and dark, at age sixteen?
I still have utmost admiration for Stephen King, who, in his 70s, continues to put himself out there and expand his incomparable body of work. View all 69 comments. Simply masterful. Young Frankie Peterson is dead. His death was brutal: gruesome, horrific and completely senseless. His fingerprints are all over the crime scene and eye-witnesses place him with Peterson moments before his death. Almost immediately thereafter, new evidence comes to light showing that Maitland was seen on camera hundreds of miles away at the exact moment the murder took place.
Can a person possibly be in two places at once? I once straddled the state lines of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri — I thought it was pretty cool - being in a city that had the same name but in different states!? The path it leads them down is most extraordinary. Would you expect anything less from Stephen King? Perhaps my own eyes played tricks on me. Joining them is Holly Gibney of Mr. Her tactics may be unorthodox, but her results are bonafide.
Someone actually. A man who gave me jitters and whose eyes I hope I never see staring into mine. Frightening, harrowing and riveting, I was immediately drawn into this crazy novel and I went in blind, which I highly recommend. This started out as a mystery and then it changed into something else entirely. His ideas rock my world and they always have.
Book review: The Outsider is one of Stephen King's best novels in a while
The characters however, were full of fierce determination, strength and lots of heart. What I learned is that if I lose something or get into trouble, I would be lucky to have Holly Gibney by my side and so would you. Thank you to Stephen King for continuously keeping me entertained since I was a pre-teen. Thank you also for giving a shout out to you know who - that was awesome! Whenever I think I need to let my imagination run a little wild, I read one of your books and I think, heck no, you do it enough for all of us.
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View all 60 comments. May 21, Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing. 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 top five list to make room for this one. My new top five is: 5. The Outsider 4. Bag of Bones 3. Revival 2. Pet Sematary 1. It Yes, that's how good this book is. The Outsider has everything I've come to love about King's storytelling ability while adding all new elements to my fandom.
There's a story told by a character in this book that ranks up there with some of King's best short fiction, and I'm a huge sucker for stories told inside bigger stories. The lore behind the new villain one who seems vaguely familiar in the best possible way, but we'll discuss that in the spoiler discussion is interesting and fun. But what kept me reading more than anything else was the mystery element.
The Outsider is a detective novel, yes, but it is also a horror novel, with some of the most effective and affecting scares King has written to date. It also has one of the most surprising character deaths in recent memory, a death that completely changes the tone of the book and catapults this into the realm of some of King's riskier outings, one that's up there with the likes of Pet Sematary. You can almost feel King's own surprise as the book takes a drastic turn into the unknown and thrusts the reader into a state of what-the-fuckery that lasts until the final denouement.
Every character in this novel sings. Make damn sure you do not ignore this novel due to some preconceived notion that this is the fourth Bill Hodges book, or simply fan service for Holly Gibney fans. This book stands strong on its own, and is perhaps better than all three Hodges books put together. Holly is but a minor player in a large and diverse cast. She fits in nicely and none of her scenes feel forced.
That being said, there are spoilers for the Hodges trilogy in this book, so if you have plans to read those three books, I suggest doing so before reading this one. However, if you don't want to read those books, you do not have to read them for this book to make sense, I promise. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this book.
The pacing, the writing, the characters, the plot, the villain, the scares, all of it was flawless. And while I am a King fanboy, I have hated some of his books. But lets be honest here, there was far more Owen in that book than there was Stephen, and the book suffered considerably for it. Owen is a damn good writer, he was simply out of his element. Nothing proves that more than seeing King here, in his element, firing on all cylinders and straight up killing it. In summation: Thank you, Stephen King, for this book.
Luckily, my fear was misplaced. My highest possible recommendation.
Buy it. Read it. Thank me later. Final Judgment: Storytelling perfection. Spoiler discussion: view spoiler [ I believe the outsider is kin of Pennywise, who I believe is a gray. If you follow my YouTube series, you'll understand better how I connect all of these things.
Few things of note regarding how The Outsider ties into the Kingverse: When the outsider dies he leaves behind worms, or perhaps baby shit weasels, like the grays in Dreamcatcher. The outsider feeds off sorrow and pain like Pennywise fed off fear. He takes bites out of his victims, ala Pennywise. He prefers children. He's a shapeshifter. The only complicating factor is his airtight alibi, which can only be explained—or not explained, rather—by his being in two places at once.
At the same time, here is the creepy King we grew up with, his grindhouse instincts firmly intact. Old-school fans who prefer his down-and-dirty-pillows work to his more literary output will greet this as one of his strongest in years. It certainly is from the point of view of pure plotting; King has become so adept at structure that multiple times you get that all-too-rare story satisfaction, as a key piece of information you absorbed without realizing it suddenly reveals its significance.
The Outsider itself, who also recalls Randall Flagg and the shit-weasels of Dreamcatcher one sequence here, set during a bout of diarrhea, nearly justifies his impulse to write that misfire , finally emerges as a bit of a letdown, more compelling when talked about than in its onscreen moments. Conversations unnaturally include exchanges that explain jokes or underline references.
Some characters use invented slang while others with no other literary inclinations are liable to quote poetry or reveal thematically relevant memories to near-strangers. Free Quiz. Symbols and Symbolism. Themes and Motifs. Bag of Bones. Black House: A Novel. Cycle of the Werewolf. Different Seasons. Dolores Claiborne. Gerald's Game. Night Shift. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Pet Sematary. Salem's Lot. Skeleton Crew. Stephen King. The Dark Tower Series. The Dead Zone. The Eyes of the Dragon. The Green Mile. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger.
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