The Outsider Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A compelling and chilling suspense novel that will delight all fans of King's best-selling Hodges Trilogy.
Following the phenomenal success of his Bill Hodges series - Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch, all number one best sellers - Stephen King has written an enthralling crime thriller with a unique twist.
When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 41 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||22 May 2018|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,567 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
62 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
167 in Suspense
335 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 23 November 2018
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A reasonable man might well lose his mind at this point. An unreasonable man might go postal. A determined man may well quote Sherlock Holmes, and deduce that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. And this is where the book starts calling the Constant Reader home. #Lovestephenking
Enter from stage left a new major character. Spoilers prevent me from telling you who this is, but your heart will skip a beat when they enter. It aint sherlock Holmes, but he/she solves the case and destroys the threat with the same aplomb. Not without loss, or penalty, of course, this character has seen too much, and lost too much to expect that.
The book’s pace picks up at around the 40% mark, and its like Mr King has had a quarduple shot double latte for breakfast with his corn flakes. There are hints of the supernatural scattered throughout even the opening sections (*does happy dance*) and all of this comes true like a dream in the finale. Its not hard core horror, those days are in Mr King’s long distant but still adored past, and the new age King writes a combination of world class crime novels mixed up with whatever he damn well likes. Which is fine by me, of course, i read everything he ever publishes, and preorder them all months in advance even before resding the synopsis.
But put against classics like SALEMS LOT, CHRISTINE, THE SHINING and even DESPERATION, this would be rated M as opposed to R for the titles i quoted above. But that’s no bad thing. Mr King has mellowed, he has evolved into somethnig greater than “just“ horror even though i for one would just love an epic new 800 page horror fest. But that's what his back library is for. Its still there, its all still in print (and probably will be for eternity, thanks to the evolution of the e.reader) but for now, we CR’s still bave aplethora of new King books to read.
Four stars for THE OUTSIDER. Its not perfect, but its new, its supernatural themed, and its written by our King. Gotta love that.
Whilst his works are still pretty out there with just enough of the supernatural, they are more crime thriller than flat out horror. I would recommend reading Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch before this book (although it really is a brilliant stand alone novel) for more background on his character Holly Gibney.
Five Stars from this constant reader, I’m looking forward to October and the real ease of his latest offering, Elevation.
I was disappointed with the way the ending was written rather than the actual ending.
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The Outsider once again fits in with all of the above as Detective Ralph Anderson sets out to solve a sickening crime, for which he has a suspect, sports coach Terry Maitland, in custody for along with his fingerprints and DNA at the crime scene as well as a long list of eyewitnesses placing Maitland at the scene. The only problem is there is also proof Maitland was elsewhere at the time of the crime.
Stephen King then takes us on another one of those journeys that only he can as the story unfolds piece by piece before all the said pieces tie together beautifully at the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Outsider and if I could give any other prospective readers of this book a bit of advice it would be to savour every last page and place yourself in the story at all times. Do not rush any part of it. 5 stars!!
So when this was announced I felt it was time to come back and give it a chance. And having spent the last few months reading a variety of books all in the same genre, this was a very welcome change. And the first couple of hundred pages were fantastic - exactly what I wanted. The storyline is engaging and genuinely leaves you desperate to find out more. I felt sure this was going to be an absolute winner. But as I got past halfway I found I was disengaging. For all the build-up and mystery which got me hooked, just seemed to dissipate, and it began to drag. I'm no writer, but this feels like something that he put a ton of effort into to begin with, and then to some extent got a bit bored and just needed to finish it. So ultimately the end was just a bit too predictable, a bit too neat and tidy and whilst bringing in characters from some of the other stories can be a nice effect and start to bind some of these books together and get some continuity, it in places felt too much; almost like it was just a lazy sales technique to get people to go and read the other stories where these characters came from. Can't really blame him, but it just felt a bit dirty.
All in all, it's a fine read and pretty standard 'modern Stephen King' but ultimately after a strong and shocking start, it all just sort of went nowhere, which was a shame.