The Outsider - Stephen King

The Outsider

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,300 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.


  • Amazing

    By Iwantcredits
    One of those books that is hard to put down... suspenseful the entire way through.
  • King being King

    By itmeltedintowonder
    Terrifically terrifying story. It took me a moment to settle in and read it, once I did I couldn’t put it down. He’s still got it.
  • Holy Cow

    By jbonnerlaf
    This book is AMAZIIING couldn’t put it down!
  • He’s Done It Yet Again

    By Big Jeezey
    I’ve been a Stephen King fan since I was a kid growing up in the 90s. His books stir a guttural reaction from me unlike any other. This book is no exception. His carefully crafted plot lines, interwoven with the internal struggles of each character, has you invested and on the edge of your seat from the grisly start to the power packed ending. If you’re like me and try to piece together clues and minor details left by King as a sordid scavenger hunt of sorts.....then this is the book for you! Full of dread, parallels to today’s world and amazing characters and dialogue you can’t help but get invested in. Sad I finished it!
  • King never disappoints

    By Babyluv72
    Still one of the best authors I have ever read.
  • Long but worth it

    By Romaninx
    I’m not a big fan of reading books and although in a span of 3 months I could only bare to read 60 pages. At a certain point the book became so engaging that I couldn’t drop it until I finished it, and I’m glad I did. The book has a lot of heart and horror. And although it might be a grind at times it’s definitely a worth wild read.
  • Plot twist!

    By Laci R.
    This was my first Stephen King novel to read. I didn’t expect it to take the turn it did. I was kind of let down with what ended up really happening. It started out great and honestly ended great as well, but I just wish it all went down different, with a bit more terror or gore or something.
  • Probably the scariest book

    By stopstealinmynickname
    After finishing this book, I think it could be the scariest one I’ve ever read. The premise of knowing you’re innocent, but that there is proof positive evidence of you guilt as well? Also, the crime thats committed... awful. I loved this book.
  • Good read.

    By Writer87
    Good read.
  • 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.