The Outsider is the newest notch in the belt of one of the most prolific writers of supernatural horror, Stephen King. It's been a good long while since I've sunk my teeth into a King novel but when I read the premise (and saw the ultra rad cover) I knew that it was time to take a bite. (That metaphor got away from me.) The very beginning launches the reader into a graphic description of the murder of an 11 year old boy named Frank Peterson. [A/N: As this is literally the first two pages I don't consider this a spoiler. I do want to point out that it is very graphic and involves a sexual element so if this is in any way triggering to you please steer clear.] It seems to be an open and shut case because of the preponderance of evidence which points directly to a prominent member of the community...who also happened to be the coach of the Chief Detective assigned to the case. Can anyone say conflict of interest? However, things are not so cut and dry because it turns out that this man has an alibi with witnesses. So how was he in two places at once? What next occurs is a roller-coaster of police procedural drama with a heaping dash of supernatural horror thrown in for good measure. I wrote tons of notes about this book after I had read it but because they are mainly about the plot and super spoiler-y I don't feel that I can enumerate them here. Suffice it to say that in trademark King style there are always more twists and turns just when you think there couldn't possibly be any more. I enjoyed it thoroughly right up until the very end which I felt was not up to King's usual standard. With that being said, I did really like it and immediately lent my copy to another coworker with my recommendation so I can't help but give it a 9/10.
What's Up Next: The Figure in the Shadows & The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring by John Bellairs
What I'm Currently Reading: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
The best and worst of SK: Great characters to invest in, author violating your trust and investment in those characters, awful events fantastically described, wildly uneven pacing, strangely dissatisfying ending. Subtract a star for placing at least part of the events in some bizarre version of Texas where entirely distinct geographic regions are mishmashed together in a way that is completely unrecognizable. Add a star for
bringing back Holly from the Mr Mercedes trilogy.
Add another star for an outstanding performance by Will Patton.
Audiobook, purchased via Audible.
6/3/18 – 2%
6/3/18 – 17% (pause)
6/17/18 – 34%
Series: Hamish Macbeth #3
This one was read by a different but equally competent narrator. I'm rating this a little bit higher because although Hamish has some messed up ideas about marriage (this is the 80s not the 50s as far as I know), this had a line that greatly amused me and sparked discussion about lobsters and whether they'd actually eat a corpse.
Otherwise I don't have much to say; Hamish has to deal with another murder while subbing in for another policeman on vacation.