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The Outsider

(Holly Gibney #1)

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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 L
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Hardcover, 561 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Scribner
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Kemper
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’ve been reading Uncle Stevie for about 35 years now, and there’s been plenty of peaks and valleys in my fandom. This time out he found a whole new way to disappoint me.

A young boy has been brutally murdered, and all the clues point directly at Terry Maitland. This is shocking because Terry is a happily married family man and all-around good guy whose coaching of youth sports has made him one of the most popular and respected people in town, and there’s never been the slightest hint of any kind
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Emily May
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
There was one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man could not be in two places at the same time.

Stephen King amazes me. Here, he has managed to turn a 300-page story into a 560-page story by leading us on a long-winded wild goose chase while waffling on about almost everything, but somehow, though it seems hard to fathom, I could not put this cracktastic shit down.

If you are thinking about reading this because you like mysteries and thrillers and have seen this in the latest myst
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Matthew
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
King has done it again! The last time I was this enthralled with one of his books was Finders Keepers. While I do read a lot, it is not often I find a book that I don't want to put down at all. In fact, the biggest selling point is that I am in no way, shape or form a morning person. Dragging myself out of bed is the greatest challenge of my day. But, I woke up early, without an alarm, when I had about 100 pages to go because I was so into it I couldn't stop thinking about it and wanted to finis ...more
megs_bookrack
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Outsider was MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2018, with a premise that shall haunt me forever!



Although I find it close to impossible to ever review King's work...



I wanted to at least share a few of my prominent thoughts regarding this novel.

Firstly, I really enjoyed the topics explored. Particularly, the idea that the court of public opinion can often be more unforgiving than any court of law.



I also enjoyed how King showed various vignettes of a whole host of characters in the town where our drama unfol
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Becky
SIGH... Many people are going to love this book. Probably most of them will love it for all (or at least some) of the reasons that I did not. And that's OK. If you want to read reviews praising this book there are already many of them out there you may enjoy.

Mine will not be one of them. This is apparently, going to be Episode #4 of my review series that is slowly but surely becoming "Maybe Stephen King Should Have Retired at 65." Definitely with spoilers and curse words and ranty bits. Reader
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Lately I've been wondering if I'm not compatible with Stephen King's newer novels. I've really enjoyed working through his backlist, and I am here for all the 80's/90's old school horror and sci-fi, but the newer brand of SK and I just haven't clicked. 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 ...more
Johann (jobis89)
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Reality is thin ice, but most people skate on it their whole lives and never fall through until the very end."

An eleven-year-old's body is found in a park following a brutal murder. Eyewitness accounts and fingerprint evidence point to the popular Little League coach and teacher, Terry Maitland. But Terry also has an alibi for the time of the crime...

MY BOY'S STILL GOT IT. I straight up loved this book from the very first page until the final words. King proves once again that he is the master
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Jack Edwards
Oct 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Sometimes I think an author becomes so established and commercially successful within their genre that editors don't dare tell them that their book is just too. damn. long. 'The Outsider' masterfully concocts a suspenseful and tense atmosphere... and then drags for about 200 pages more than it needed to. This really killed the momentum for me, and I thought it was a shame. ...more
Julie
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, 2018, e-book
The Outsider by Stephen King is a 2018 Scribner publication.

Classic, quintessential King-

An eleven -year old boy is found brutally murdered and strong evidence points to Little League coach Terry Maitland. Detective Ralph Anderson is particularly outraged and makes the fateful decision to arrest Terry in public, creating a media sensation in the process. But, as the investigation begins to unfold, doubts and alternative evidence make Ralph question Terry’s guilt. As the mystery deepens the horr
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
3.5? 3.75?

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!) but I was overall underwhelmed.

Recommend it but it's not for everyone.
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Robin
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: american, 2018, horror
I haven’t read Stephen King in about 20 years - not since he pissed me off with It, when he made me read a nasty child-orgy as a reward for making it through about 1000 pages. Earlier this month I read his On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in the hopes of getting some writerly enlightenment, and was disappointed. But that’s neither here nor there. 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 readin ...more
Char
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
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know it’s not fair to only give five stars and shut your mouth without writing any proper words to express your opinions about a precious masterpiece work of KING ! Because lately Mr. Mercedes trilogy and this book became my favorite KING ALMIGHTY’s books. And the presence of Holly Gibney in both them put a big wolfish smile on my face. Atta girl, we missed you so much. Thanks to our KING for bringing you back!

Now they announced another Holly Gibney book is going to release sooner which made
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Carol
YES! My first super favorite of 2018!

REALLY good stuff here....BAFFLING stuff....CREEPY crawling chilling stuff.....and most of all....Stephen KING excellence in storytelling stuff!

Just another murder - Just another mystery - Not by a long shot! At first, I thought, hmmmmm.....something so different from the KING this time around, but then after a disgustingly heinous murder of a young boy....and the arrest of an important, well respected man....came a shocker. Holy Crap! Now What? We're not e

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Mary Beth
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blurb

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 coache
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Matt
Jun 27, 2018 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. When a boy’s body is discovered, murdered and sexually assaulted, many of the witnesses and evidence point to Terry Maitland. The town’s baseball coach, Maitland was described by many to be the salt of the ...more
David Putnam
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Outsider
I have always been a big King fan. Like a lot folks I think he will be remembered for centuries to come. He has a way of endearing the reader to his characters and bringing his characters alive with just the right amount of details. Details that we have all experienced at one time or another in our lives and have forgotten. Details that sparks a cord, and for me, I eat them up like Pacman.
I am not a big horror fan, in fact it’s my least favorite genre. The Outsider, is one of his be
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Susanne
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

King does it again! Simply masterful.

Young Frankie Peterson is dead. His death was brutal: gruesome, horrific and completely senseless. All evidence points to Terry Maitland, beloved Little League Coach, as the murderer. His fingerprints are all over the crime scene and eye-witnesses place him with Peterson moments before his death. Enraged by the viciousness of the crime, and convinced of Maitland’s guilt, Detective Ralph Anderson arranges for the public arrest of Maitland: in front of
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Edward Lorn
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret that The Outsider was my most anticipated novel of 2018, right up there with Neverworld Wake, by Marisha Pessl, and Providence, by Caroline Kepnes. 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
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Kayla Dawn
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I really really love Kings writing style and his characters. He knows how to create the perfect atmosphere for every situation possible. But unfortunately the story itself fell flat for me. It was predictable and nothing new. At all.
It just didn't overwhelm me. But it was still a nice read and it seems like most people enjoyed it a lot :)
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J.L.   Sutton
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Reality is thin ice, but most people skate on it their whole lives and never fall through until the very end. We did fall through, but we helped each other out. We’re still helping each other.”

The Outsider: Stephen King Done Right

I enjoyed the unsettling and suspenseful ride of Stephen King’s, The Outsider. The novel begins with a horrible crime committed by someone whose alibi suggests he wasn’t there. Eyewitnesses as well as physical evidence piles up. However, the accumulation of evidence only ratchets up the suspense and foreb
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Calista
A King Mystery, a Who-dunnit. Another King-knock-it-out-of-the-park book. This is like the golden age of Stephen King His best decade overall is the teens so far.

Holly Gibney is back. Holly has really grown on me and I just love reading about Holly. I'm glad she is back in this new story after the Bill Hodges Trilogy.

Read all the Bill Hodges books first or this will spoil that series for you.

There is a murder in a quaint small town and it's a horrific murder of a young boy. The suspect is the r
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
”The more you find, the wronger it gets.”

How can a man be in a park maliciously killing a child and there be irrefutable, video evidence that he was at a conference asking the thriller writer Harlan Coben a question?

What better alibi can a man have than Harlan Coben?

Detective Ralph Anderson is sure he has his man. He has eye witnesses. He has fingerprints. The problem, of course, is he has compelling evidence showing the man was hundreds of miles away.

WTF is going on?

As the contradictory evid
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Justin Tate
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was quite the experience to read this at night and listen to Pet Sematary during the day. Stephen King’s style has evolved over the years, for sure, but he still maintains a distinct voice. When set side by side, it’s clear that The Outsider is no masterpiece like King’s older works, but it was still a great pop novel.

I devoured the first 50% and in the moment hailed it as the triumphant return of a genius. By 70% it was pretty obvious how everything was going to end and it took many weeks f
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Jaidee
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 "cheezy, corny, cantalopey, hokey-pokus" stars !!!

I know I am one of the few that cared almost not at all for this book.

I go into reading Stephen King with very little expectation other than being mildly entertained. I read a number of his books in my teens and I thought they were middling to OK. Never once wowed by his writing or story. I was excited to read his book 11/22/63 back in 2013 but mostly it did not deliver and was a fair rating of 2.5 stars. Then I saw the film IT a couple of
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Debra
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Monsters are real, ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win." - Stephen King

A Crime, an investigation, confusion......

An eleven-year-old boy's body is found in a local park. Fingerprints found at the scene point to local coach, Terry Maitland. Several eye witness accounts also place Maitland as having contact with the youth prior to his death, one even saw Maitland putting the boys bicycle in his white van. Police detective Ralph Anderson arrests Maitland during a baseb
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Outsider (Holly Gibney, #1), Stephen King

In Flint City, Oklahoma, police detective Ralph Anderson arrests popular teacher and Little League coach Terry Maitland in front of a crowd of baseball spectators, charging him with raping, mutilating, and killing an 11-year-old boy. The town quickly turns against Maitland, who insists he is innocent. Maitland hires his friend and lawyer, Howie Gold, to assist him, but Anderson has eyewitnesses and clear forensic evidence pointing to his guilt. In th
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Rebecca (on a review writing break!)
‘Do you think they ever go away entirely?’
‘No. And I’m not sure I’d want them to.
'Dreams are the way we touch the unseen world, that’s what I believe. They are a special gift.’

‘Even the bad ones?’
‘Even the bad ones.’


An 11 year old boy‘s body is found in a park having been brutally assaulted and murdered. All eye witness accounts and DNA point towards the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland. However, Terry has a solid alibi for his whereabouts at the time of the murder. He was
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Justin
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
As another famous author once said (Dickens, I think. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He has a pretty big underground following)...

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. And, yes, here we have a tale of two stories.

The first half of The Outsider was a thrill ride. Look, I was going to bed late and getting up early just plowing right through this thing. I had the giant hardback copy, and the pages were just turning at a rate I’ve not seen myself read in quite some time. It was probably
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Yun
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Going into this, I was super excited for The Outsider. Not only had I heard great things about it, but as I've never read a Stephen King book, this would be my first one. And now, coming out of it, I have mixed feelings, so let me try to make sense of it all.

First, the premise is very intriguing. In a small town, a boy is brutally assaulted and murdered. Several people in town saw Terry Maitland, one of the town's most well-known citizens, in the area of the body at the time of the crime covered
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