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 (Itsbooktalk.com) 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