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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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Had Great Promise, Ended Pretty Badly

I honestly liked the character of Holly Gibney... In the Bill HodgesTrilogy. It seems like King is obsessed with this character, and shoved her in our face in this book, and wanted us to know how awesome and quirky she is, and that somehow everyone manages to really like this awesomely weird quirky intelligent woman in her 40's who's strange but kind of likable. And smart. Don't forget smart.

The story had so much promise, but ultimately the "showdown" was lame, brief, and I felt that I had been cheated. I wanted more. The story started off pretty great, but again, in King fashion there was sooo muuuch detail. It's overkill. You can skip this one.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Meh

The story was just ok. This book was terribly predictable. The narration was the only reason I finished the book and didn’t return it. Will Patton did an excellent job! Thanks Will for salvaging this for me.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Not a great story and bad voicing

One of the characters who's introduced halfway through is voiced so comically bad that it made it hard to finish. wasn't really worth it. I really liked the beginning of the book though!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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keep your expectations low.

It is not Kings best work by a long margin.

Basically Holly Gibney meets "It".

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

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Stephen King usually does not disappoint me.

This book was pretty awful. I feel that I wasted a credit on it. Will Patton usually does a much better job, the change in volume was very annoying, having to stop what I'm doing, grab the phone or Alexa and change the volume and then change it back constantly. If a narrator wants to affect a whisper, it can be done with the same level of volume. As for the story, I am a huge Stephen King fan, and this book was less engaging than reading his grocery list. I have loved all of his books, judging 'Pet Sematary' to be the worst and '11/22/63' to be almost as good as 'The Stand'. Every other book since and including 'Duma Key' has been phenomenally enjoyable such that I wanted to cry when they ended.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Ho-hum

Was a little disappointed. a bit too much boogie man for my taste. have read many Steven King books and this one got a little too far into the super natural.

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Tedious Audio

Like all Stephen King books, it starts out like it is going to be a good read. Many finish that way. Unfortunately this one drags on and on with an extremely tedious and often annoying narrator. The voice of Holly is simply excruciating.

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Not for audio

After this, I won't be picking up another King novel. The Outsider is full of super useless information and tends to ramble on and on about things that mean nothing to the story line. It was definitely a mistake to use the audio book as it is very vulgar for really no reason. I don't mind the occasional cursing or terms, but it felt like it wasn't for any real reason other than for vulgarity sake. otherwise, the book does take into a direction that you wouldn't expect (but only you would if you've read his other novels) but its just so slow and ramble-y it makes it very boring and you realize the first half of the book doesn't have much of a connection for the last half. like I said, A LOT of unnecessary information. This was very hard to get through, unfortunately. Very disappointed!

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just ok. I could never really get into it.

the beginning dragged on for me. it never really got going. was bored thru out most of it

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where has stephen king gone?

man, oh man, i hate this! i have read king for 30-40 yrs. pretty much always loved everything. this is my 1st audible outing so maybe i'm just not connected good unless i'm reading, but i kinda hated this book. i am familiar w/mr. patton as an actor & he is mostly fine in his narration, so i don't know...... the story had no dept, no imagination & was boring as hell. i sincerely hope this is not a new writing style for mr. king. have no doubts, i will read him over & over again. just never this one. i considered the lack of connection & i really don't think its because i was being read to. i guess i'll see when i listen tom a few other books by other authors. but honestly i think it was just this book. so sorry king lovers.(of which i still consider myself a part of) if you want to try this one, i suggest the library, cuz i really don't think many of you would want to own it after you read or listen.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful