I am reluctant to admit this, but this was the first Stephen King novel I’ve ever read. I know, I know- what kind of reader/Bookstagrammer am I?! 🙃 However- I’m not a fan of horror and so for the longest time, I was turned off by reading Stephen King’s books out of fear that they would be too much for me. I am really happy that I started with The Outsider though- I LOVED the TV series when it came out last year so I was definitely interested in reading the book. This book absolutely did not disappoint and just like the TV show, I loved that it was a slow burning plot but consistently eery enough to grip your attention throughout the entire book.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: “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.”
Stephen King is a great storyteller and I really enjoyed how immersive and suspenseful the reading experience was. He’s very detailed in describing the scenery, the characters, their thoughts and emotions, etc. and because of that, I felt like we got to know each of the main characters pretty well and really understand just how deeply this horrifying incident shook the residents of Flint City. In comparison to what I remember from the TV series, I felt that with the book we got much more detailed accounts of what happened to Frankie Peterson as well as more insight as to how El Cuco haunted various characters such as Jeannie, Jessa Maitland, Jack Hoskins, Claude Bolton and more.
For how intense of a story this was, I felt that the pacing of the book and strong attention to detail was very appropriate and that it kept the story so intriguing. I also felt that the ending was satisfying, thought-provoking, and left the reader with the perfect amount of curiosity.
If you’re like me and aren’t a fan of horror, have never read any of Stephen King’s books, and/or are looking for an eery, captivating and slow burning thriller that will leave you with a lot to think about, I definitely recommend checking out The Outsider. To those of you who are Stephen King fans, I would love to hear your recommendations on which books by him I should consider reading next!
BEER RECOMMENDATION: The Outsider by Stephen King is best paired with Harvest Autumn IPA by Southern Tier Brewing Company. Untappd best describes this enjoyable seasonal IPA as “brewed with American hops, cracked barley and hard work as a tribute to what makes this beer so special – the harvest”🍻