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The OutsiderThe Outsider by Stephen King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


An 11-year-old boy is brutally murdered and all the evidence points to family man Terry Maitland. Maitland, however, has a sterling reputation and a solid alibi. Soon, the case and the investigation impacts everyone involved and the details become more horrific. I found the early part of this book a slog, and if it wasn't for King's strong writing and setup, I probably would have abandoned it. The pace and my interest increased as it went on. The book has some strong characters and classic King creepiness, but it could be cut down considerably and some of the themes and even scenes seem like revisits of other, better King books. (Notice: reading the Bill Hodges trilogy before this book is recommended though not required as some of those details impact this story).



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