I spent the majority of April glued to The Outsider by Stephen King. Last month, we read Educated by Tara Westover, a harrowing tale of a woman’s quest for freedom and knowledge. I decided to read something a little different and reached for the horror genre.

If you know me, you know that I’m an avid King reader. This horror novel is exactly what you’d expect from King if you’re familiar with his work. It’s a book I became so invested in, like many of King’s books. I am an avid Stephen King reader so I can be slightly biased towards his novels. Here is my review of his book The Outsider.


In the quiet, quaint town of Flint City, an unspeakable crime is committed. A young boy’s corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point undoubtedly to one of Flint City’s most well known citizens, Terry Maitland. The police have a seemingly solid case but as details begin to emerge, all is not what it seems.

As the investigation deepens, more questions begin to emerge than answers. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?


Stephen King creates captivating suspense and tension in this propelling story. The Outsider is just as dark and horrifying as you’d expect a novel of his to be. I’ve always found King to be able to keep his readers hooked on his every word. Although I found parts of this story to drag out, I could not put it down. King is able to create a captivating plot line that draws you in from start to finish. I love that Stephen King shows the ripple effect this crime has on an entire community. I became so enthralled in this plot and had so many questions which kept me drawn in until the very end. The Outsider kept me at the edge of my seat and is definitely a recommended book for all of you horror seekers.

Rating: Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆.5