The Outsider - Stephen King

The Outsider Summary

Written By Stephen King

Readers Score: 4.5/5
Rated by 3,655 Readers

The Outsider Book Summary


Now an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn!​

Evil has many faces…maybe even yours in this #1 New York Times bestseller from master storyteller Stephen King.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is discovered in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens—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 have DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

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

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The Outsider is a Mysteries & Thrillers book, written By Stephen King. As a testament to the Book's popularity, it has gathered a rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 Stars, on Reviews by 3,655 Readers who strongly recommends this book.

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  • Exciting...

    By wilscowa
    Until the end. Left so many questions and felt incomplete
  • King still has it!

    By Nokey4eva
    Awesome book reminiscent of older works yet wonderfully intertwined with his newer books! I read this book every free moment I’ve had over the past week! The twists and turns are Mr. King at his best. I absolutely loved this book!
  • Page turner!

    By mpetty5
    Genuinely struggled to quit reading the book most of the time. It’s such an entertaining and mysterious thriller that I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Read it every chance I could get...going to the bathroom, walking inside stores, waiting in drive-thru’s, etc. Highly recommend, well worth the read.


  • Good but I did not like the ending

    By furnaceroadblue
    When I finished reading it. I felt like the villain himself was not worthy of all that good writing that led up to him finally being revealed at the end. He seemed thin and two dimensional to me. It bums me because if he’d been really good. This book would have been five stars for me.
  • Exciting...

    By wilscowa
    Until the end. Left so many questions and felt incomplete
  • Thought it was great!

    By Mr_Hamburger
    I loved this book from start to finish. If you don’t already know, characters from Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End Of Watch are featured. If you’re interested, you might start with them first.
  • Worth the Read 100%

    By MathOsGuru
    Title says it all. King did a great job of making it hard to put this one down. No disappointments whatsoever. Kudos for a great novel.
  • Captivating

    By ranikamanaaa
    Very captivating story. Loved it
  • It was ok

    By Yelps10056
    First Half of Book: Phenomenal..very riveting Second Half of Book: Dragged on and on and on Basically I found myself enjoying the “natural” portion of bored with the “supernatural” section FYI: I am a dedicated Stephen King reader, I have read almost all his books; therefore I understand his material.
  • Here’s the deal

    By Zendaya The Queen
    I’m in the middle of the book right now but when I finish it , when the movie comes out this year then imma see it , SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN !
  • Great!

    By Shelleylou
    My second experience with Stephen. I read both The Institute and The Outsider in a little over two weeks. I haven’t actually read a book in a few years. I listen to audio all the time but never seem to have time to sit down and read. Something caught my eye with The Institute and once I started I had a hard time putting it down. As soon as I finished my sister insisted I read this one and it did not disappoint! Again, I had a hard time putting it down. I do have to say that the end had me expecting more. I didn’t believe that the Outsider was really gone and I kept anticipating something else happening. It’s possible he left it that way thinking there may be a sequel. Either way it was good and I couldn’t put it down! Definitely recommend it. On to number three with The Talisman.
  • The Outsider

    By Artymusician
    Although I’ve watched and enjoyed many movies based on Stephen King’s books or short stories, this was the first book I’ve read. It was absolutely wonderful! I’ll be reading more now that I know what a fantastic writer this author is! Just as I’ll always remember Andy and Red from Shawshank Redemption, I’ll always remember the protagonists Holly and Ralph in this book, who kept an open mind to solve the mysteries. The antagonists or outsiders with all their worms will be hard to forget as well. Might keep a sock loaded with ball bearings in the first aid kit - just kidding! King is a brilliant writer!