Review: The Outsider by @StephenKing @HodderBooks


Release: 2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fantasy

During my teenage years, I read some Stephen King books, some of which became all-time favorites (The Green Mile ❤). I wouldn’t say I’ve read most of his novels, but I’ve read enough to know what I love about his writing and, of course, what I don’t. The Outsider is Stephen King’s new novel and I really enjoyed it. It might not be my favorite, but I liked it much more than the last one and other so-so novels like Joyland.

I couldn’t have read The Outsider at a better time. Keep in mind that it is a BIG book, almost 500 pages. However, I flew through it in barely two days. Actually, I spent a whole afternoon reading. I meant to do many things during that day… but instead, I kept on reading until my eyes told me to go to sleep.

The Outsider tells the story of a murder that seems impossible to solve. There are witnesses and prints, yet the suspect claims he was hundreds of miles away that day. And there’s proof of that. So how can it be? What are we dealing with?

The first half of this book was simply unputdownable and although I knew the book would be about supernatural stuff, the mystery aspect was handled so well that I was almost waiting they could solve the puzzle without “magic”. Later on, they brought a character from another King’s series, and I must say I really liked her addition and the way she went on to investigate the case.

I’ve discussed the book with Renee ( and although I ended up enjoying it way more than her, we both agree that the second half wasn’t as gripping as the first, which is precisely what I’ve felt with most of Stephen King’s books. Still, I grew to love the characters here and I love it when that happens.

My favorite aspect of the book was how Holly kept her mind open and tried to convince everyone else that they should be willing to believe in the unknown. It was a great message, and although I don’t believe in any of this, I really like books that deal with this kind of themes. It was all very Stephen King 😉

Many thanks to the publishers for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review



20 thoughts on “Review: The Outsider by @StephenKing @HodderBooks

  1. Susie | Novel Visits says:

    Interesting. I haven’t read a Stephen King since 11/22/63, but I read many of his earlier books. I feel like long books need to really deliver in the end and I’m not convinced this does that. (If you have a bunch of extra time someday, try The Stand. One of my favorite King books.)


  2. Ann Marie says:

    There was a time when I was up-to-date with everything he’d ever written but that was in the 80’s. I’m really trying to work in one of his newer titles over the summer.


  3. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this one and am glad you enjoyed it. And glad to hear that Holly is in it since I really liked her from that trilogy. I keep debating getting the book as an audiobook (with 1 of my 6 saved up audible credits!)…do you think it would do well as an audiobook or just be better as a physical book? Fantastic review! 🙂


    • Annie says:

      It’s so long, that I think I’d get nervous if I listened to it hahaha I would lose my patience, as we read way faster than when listening to audiobooks!!! Holly was GREAT!

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      • Stephanie says:

        Oh, yeah! I didn’t think about that, and I do get sooo frustrated because I can read faster than an audiobook. If it’s a light, fluffy read, I can do the audiobook much better, but I think that would drive me crazy. Thanks 😉 I love Holly, she is great!!

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  4. Diana says:

    Great review, Annie. I got a copy of The Green Mile because of you. I hope to read it as soon as my ARCs are under control. Glad to hear that this was still a good read even if the second half wasn’t as good as the first.


  5. Younghans says:

    I finished this book in 3 days. It was fun, made me happy, had a simple story with characters that made you really root for them. I recommend it for exactly what it is, a summer read. I also suggest to read Matilda Johnson . PS: I appreciate your work. Thank you so much


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