The Outsider - Stephen King

The Outsider

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,920 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER—soon to be an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn

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 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 add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive 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.


  • Great, up to a point.

    By Reckia6
    I thought the first 200 or 300 pages was Stephen King at his best. His first attempt at crime fiction and it’s brilliant. Then, the book turns into something else entirely, something I don’t love, and a supernatural element is introduced that just did not work for me. So, just a three star rating for me.
  • Outstanding!

    By RocK_sTaR 101
    Mr. King is still the scariest Author out there! Unique in Turner from beginning to end..
  • One of memorable books I have read.

    By MagnaiG
    The story is very interesting. I am glad that HBO is making a series based on this book. Looking forward to it.
  • the best

    By Elizabethhhh9989
    literally the greatest book i’ve ever read. it is full of suspense, and will get you hanging off the edge of your seat.
  • Couldn’t put it down.

    By Biff⚡️
    Great book👍. Not a big reader, but couldn’t stop reading this book.
  • Well written.

    By Bookreader225
    Couldn’t put it down.
  • What?

    By darbnmik
    This is the first time that I felt compelled to uh, provide constructive criticism. The narrator of this book needs to speak up. Way too soft spoken and overuses a hushed/whispered tone. It was exhausting straining to listen. Audiobooks should be spoken, not whispered.
  • Not Really

    By rose0z
    I like Stephen King and have been reading his books for several decades. This story bored me. It was as if he couldn't move the story forward. I felt like I kept reading the same thing over and over again. The story could have been condensed. It really wasn't a story that held any suspense or surprises, you knew exactly where it was going.
  • Great read

    By ULSimon
    King’s storytelling is topnotch in this one. Great characters too.
  • A story well told on Unknown entities

    By rahulnakmol
    Outside is a great read, bringing back the original writing and narrtion style of Mr. King. This kept me up all night giving me the thrills and spins as the horror unfolds to a redemption