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The Outsider: A Novel de Stephen King
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The Outsider: A Novel (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Stephen King (Autor)

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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 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 add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive 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.… (més)
Membre:wills2003
Títol:The Outsider: A Novel
Autors:Stephen King (Autor)
Informació:Scribner (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 576 pages
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Valoració:****
Etiquetes:audiobook, books-read-in-2021, horror, mystery, paranormal, shapeshifters, suspense

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The Outsider de Stephen King (Author) (2018)

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Es mostren 1-5 de 158 (següent | mostra-les totes)
One of the best from Stephen King in a long while. Long live the King! The final confrontation lacked a little tension but left a door open to perhaps be explored in a later offering. ( )
  Lemeritus | Sep 25, 2021 |
A good King book with decent mystery but not my favorite. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
The audiobook version brings the thrilling and creepy sense to the max, thanks to the narrator's beautiful work! Listening to it at night really did send a shiver down my spine.
I haven't read Mr Mercedes or any of the Bill Hodges trilogy yet, but the character of Holly leaves such an amazing impression that makes me wanna read them all at once!
The story itself is a bit IT-ish, but the climax scene gives me a Lovecraft's The Lurking Fear vibe, so all in all it is an intriguing thriller story. ( )
  puripuri | Sep 9, 2021 |
I'm going to throw out a spoiler-free review here.

First off, this is a pretty decent latter-era King book, but it's not worthy of a drooling five star rating. Nope. In fact, I had to think long and hard about either rounding up to the four, or going down to a three.

Don't get me wrong: the first half is absolutely riveting. It's a police procedural that can't be solved, yet must be. It's well written, with great characters. My most persistent thought through this first half was, this is exactly what I'd wished all the Bill Hodges novels were written like. I would have enjoyed them much more. Five full stars for the first half.

The second half is essentially an entirely different novel. It's pretty much full-on horror novel, sort of a cross between Dracula and King's own Desperation. There's times that the titular Outsider felt a bit like Pennywise. Then again, there were times when it felt a bit like an offshoot of the True Knot from Doctor Sleep. Though, if I had to tie it to any other King villain, my first choice would be Tak from Desperation. But that's just me.

While I loved the return of Holly from the Bill Hodges trilogy, and for the most part, the second part of the story was okay, there were three spoiler-free things that bugged the shit out of me in the second half.

The first is the work that King had to put into the group to stop looking at natural solutions and consider the supernatural ones. It felt drawn out, it felt forced, and it also felt like it didn't do the job it was supposed to do. While there were a couple of good lines, overall, the arguments didn't sell it like they should have.

Next is the final scene with Holly and the Outsider. I felt like I ordered the full meal deal, but only got the fries. King is capable of so much more than what he gave the reader here, and that's all I'm going to say.

The last one is little more tied to both beginning and end of the novel. The trigger for the novel is the absolutely brutal murder of a child. But King never lets us meet the child before their death, so, while the death of any child is horrible, and the facts of this one are especially repugnant, he still feels a bit like a prop.

And, as is so often the case in the real world, it's the killer that's focused on, and the victim forgotten. I was hoping for a return to the victim at then end, to at least wrap that up. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, and it left a bit of an open spot in the novel.

Having said all that, this is easily the best novel King's put out—either collaboratively or solo—in years. He was on a bit of a run with Duma Key, and then the one-two punch of Full Dark, No Stars, and the excellent 11/22/63, and then the lightweight but satisfying Joyland. But it all kinda came crashing down, and I can't say I've read a top-form King novel since. Doctor Sleep? Hell no. The Bill Hodges trilogy? Only okay. Revival? Nope. Gwendy's Button Box? Fuck no. Sleeping Beauties? Nope.

So, unfortunately, with five years separating his last really good read, this one likely gets a higher rating because of it. It's good, but it's still not quite the King I'm looking for. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
DNF at 10%. An early scene is the graphic detail of the rape and murder of an eleven year old boy. I've become disinterested in reading stories that have the rape and murder of women and children mostly in this manor. This is King so I hung in there and I was not rewarded. More and *new* graphic details were revealed about what was actually done. Multiple times it is repeated.

I'm, also not into 'solve the mystery/crime' books. I try not to read descriptions too closely because I really don't want spoilers but I would of benefited from doing a little more research this time. ( )
  Seayla2020 | Aug 21, 2021 |
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At nearly 600 pages, “The Outsider” isn’t exactly a streamlined thriller. Yet, it doesn’t feel bloated or self-indulgent. Anderson, Maitland and the supporting cast are so deftly drawn, their predicaments so fraught with menace, that the momentum of the narrative builds steadily and keeps the pages turning. In the background is the Outsider, a stranger in town, orchestrating tragedies seemingly on a whim. King cleverly keeps him at a distance for most of the book, letting his menace build by increments. By the time Anderson’s search for the truth leads to an abandoned mine in the desert, readers are unlikely to be able to put “The Outsider” aside for even a moment....Ultimately, “The Outsider” is about belief, the conscious choice to acknowledge that the universe is a stranger place than most people think it is. The Outsider is a wily opponent, who can survive because few are able to recognize him for what he is. They fail to protect themselves from his very real malice and destructiveness.
 
What would it feel like to be so perfectly, completely implicated in the worst crime to ever befall a small town, and have perfectly, completely exonerating evidence you weren’t there? That’s the biggest question King explores in “The Outsider” as small-town cops and prosecutors are asked to believe the impossible — and find the impossible as well. Mob mentality, pedophilia, horrific violence — King never shies away from tough topics.
 
As with most of King’s work, “The Outsider” is at its heart an exploration of good and evil; except this time, skepticism blurs the lines between the two. Terry Maitland is by all accounts a solid family man, a beloved Little League coach, and, quite suddenly, the main suspect in the horrific mutilation and murder of a young boy. The physical evidence and eyewitness testimony against him are incontrovertible, though completely at odds with his reputation as a husband and father who for years has been a pillar of his insular Flint City, Okla., community....No book is perfect, but Stephen King is reliably closer than most. He has always excelled at writing about real people tested by unreal situations, whether it’s told in the unbroken narrative of Dolores Claiborne or via the mental lockboxes of Doctor Sleep. With “The Outsider,” if you can accept that a contemporary man in his late 40s recalls quoting “Our Gang” with his kid brother instead of the Fonz or even Pee-wee Herman, you’re in for one hell of a ride.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaWashington Post, Karin Slaughter (Web de pagament) (May 22, 2018)
 
More than 50 novels published, and he’s still adding new influences to his work. I can think of a great many literary writers who are far lazier about their range of inspirations and interests. This expansiveness allows King to highlight the idea that whether we’re talking about Mexico or Maine, Oklahoma or Texas, people the world over tell certain stories for reasons that feel much the same: to understand the mysteries of our universe, the improbable and inexplicable.... Here’s to mutant rats in the basement and Mexican myths; here’s to the strange and to Stephen King. Still inspiring.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaNew York Times, Victor Lavalle (Web de pagament) (May 22, 2018)
 
There’s plenty of shadowy, wormy supernatural goings-on in Stephen King’s new novel The Outsider. Yet the most unsettling stuff — that which will leave you uncomfortable when you sit and devour this first-rate read — probes the monstrous side of human nature....How does a place deal when the very best of them does the very worst thing imaginable? How does that man’s family and the family of the deceased boy go on living? And what of the cops who are faced with what seems like an impossible situation? The author plumbs to the gloomy depths with his cast before letting off the gas and giving them — and the reader — some needed hope....In King’s hands, real darkness is just as pervasive as the supernatural.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaUSA Today, Brian Truitt (May 21, 2018)
 

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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 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 add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive 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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