The Outsider by Stephen King

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I couldn’t tell you the last time I read a Stephen King book. So when my book club chose to read this I was a bit excited. I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what the book was about but I had a fair idea that I would enjoy it.

This what the synopsis from Goodreads says…

When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man.

Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.

As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King’s propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.

Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he?

I will admit I absolutely loved it! Its been a while since I read a book and got to the end and thought Wow! It was perfect.  Stephen King has a brilliant knack of reeling you in and getting you hooked, then from there have you twist and turn, and when you think you know whats going on until he drops you at the end and you realise you were totally wrong and you loved every minute of it.
When I realised that a young boy had been killed and they described what happened to him I wasn’t sure if I could continue. It was horrific, but as the story continued you realise that the graphic description is vital to the rest of the story.

I was in awe of the storytelling, I loved the characters and the suspense. My favourite characters were probably Ralph Anderson, the main detective and Holly Gibney an investigator that comes in.

From what I understand there are 3 books before this book from the Finders Keepers series.  I didn’t feel you had to have read these to make sense of this book, it was brilliant as a stand-alone.

One of the ladies from my book club actually said “You go along thinking you are reading good books, then you read a Stephen King novel and realise it a whole other level” Its that good.

It did have me scared a little because of its content but I wouldn’t call it a horror book as such, its more of a suspense.  It got my imagination going and I loved every second of it.

Go read it!!!!

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