The Outsider by Stephen King
It's Stephen King. Isn't that pretty self-explanatory at this point?
A kid is found murdered and a beloved Little League coach is accused of the killing. Did he do it? Was he there? Who was there? What?
Who is this creep that keeps showing up everywhere in this story, scaring the shit out of me?
You can never go wrong with Stephen King, in my opinion. Even his worst books are better than most authors' successful books.
I loved this book. I would go as far as to say that it's one of my favorites of his. It was a mystery that I kept getting wrong most of the way through and there was a supernatural element that I liked.
The aforementioned creep? I hated him, but I couldn't wait for him to appear again (if that even makes sense).
I don't really want to say what my "meh" was for fear of ruining the book. Let's just say that some of it was, like, HUH? REALLY? But that's kind of par for the course with King sometimes.
It didn't detract from my love of the book, though.
Quotes from The Outsider:
“Jack didn’t know how long he stood there, unable to move. It might have been twenty seconds; it might have been two minutes. The wind blew, tousling his hair and caressing his neck like those long fingers. The shadows of the cottonwoods schooled across the dirt and weeds like fleeing fish. The person–or the thing–stood behind him, its shadow long and thin. Touching and caressing. Then both the fingertips and the shadow were gone.”
“Doesn’t look like a monster, does he?” “They rarely do.”
“If you can’t let go of the past, the mistakes you’ve made will eat you alive.”
“People had the mistaken idea that Poe wrote fantastic stories about the supernatural, when in fact he wrote realistic stories about abnormal psychology.”
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