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Publisher's Summary

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 listenable stories. 

An 11-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. 

©2018 Stephen King (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Will Patton turns this story into an audio blockbuster.... King's usual sprawling cast of characters is also present, and suffice it to say that Patton does them all justice." (AudioFile)

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Mediocre

This is not one of King’s better works. I stayed with it thinking, hoping, it would get better.....it did not.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Out of touch

The dialog and characters in this book ruined it for me. I was thinking a lot of the main characters were in their 60s only to realize they were in their 30s to 40s. I hated how the female characters were read too. And wayyyy too many references to the internet and technology that already felt dated

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Wasted a credit

I am a big fan of SK and was excited for this book but sadly I have been very disappointed. The story could be cut down so much and it just drags on and on! I love the narrators voice but the tempo was soo slow, I even sped up the narration to 1.40x just to get through interviews! Everyone in the book is so dang long winded about things that no one would even talk about in a criminal interview or a conversation! I can't even finish the book. I regret wasting a credit on this. I'll be very very wary on another SK audiobook and positive reviews next time.

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not worth the time to listen!

old story line, very predictable, lacked originally. I have read about 70% of everything SK has written this is not a Steven King story line...it is a poor effort and smells of needing to sell books, definitely a low poi.t in his career.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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I’m a King fan but skip this one.

I want to start by saying that if you are listening to this book in the car or where there is any background noise do not waste your money. Will Patton whispers through half of the book and when you turn up your volume he screams. It’s awful. Just pick something else.
As far as the book goes the first half (HOURS of listening) is so slow and boring. King’s dialogue needs some work. And the second half of the book seems like it was written by a completely different person.
Overall, I finished the book because I was reading it for book club but looking back I wished I had spent my time listening to something else.

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Disappointing From Stephen King

I’ve been a Stephen King fan for many years, I’ve listened to/read all of the classics and The Outsider seriously disappointed me, the extremely descriptive writing style I’ve grown fond of makes no real appearance in this book which makes it a really hollow experience overall. The ending is the definition of anti-climactic, you spend 17 hours waiting for the big finish and it’s just a big middle finger in your face. The performance wasn’t very good either which can ruin an audio book almost as quick as it’s poor writing. Overall pretty bummed and wouldn’t recommend.

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It caught my interest...but became toooo long!

I’m a Steven King fan and loved most of his books that I have read but there are a few I’ve read that ends up like The Outsider where he captures your total attention and then just goes on and on and on....I did like the narrator until Holly came around and then it became too annoying. I actually did not finish this book!

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Not Impressed

This is my fourth or fifth read of King's and I have yet to understand the hype. I want very badly to enjoy his work because he appears to be so popular...hence why I continue to give him chance after chance. This storyline is reaching and, overall, the story and characters lack depth. It's a long listen, and frankly, it's just not worth it. When you finally get to the climax, or even the resolution, of the story, you're left disappointed and wanting more. I would not recommend this book to others, not worth the time or the money.

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meh

seems like a few old SK books slightly changed and recycled to create The Outsider. Desperation and Mr. Mercedes especially.

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Tedious to listen to<br />

Blah blah blah blah blah. Too much nonsense within the story line. Too predictable. I would see a movie if they made it into one, but it was hard for me to stay intrested in it.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful