The Outsider | Stephen King


I would like to start this review off by saying that I did, in fact, listen to this book on an Audible download read by Will Patton. In a return to his most recent series, Stephen King brings us back to the world of Bill Hodges with The Outsider. This novel’s first half is a slow mystery and almost unavoidably so, the second half is devoted to becoming a lesser entry into the repertoire of King’s supernatural horrors. Though the novel served to ultimately entertain, it failed to leave much of a lasting impact upon the mind of this reader. Though for me, at least, I feel the novel may have suffered from high expectations. If the novel had come from any other author I feel I may have been more forgiving. But maybe not. The novel has many highlights, Holly never fails to be anything less than engrossing and wonderful. I truly did find her moments in the book to be pieces of great storytelling. Ralph Anderson, on the other hand, is a bit of a bumbling oaf and near insufferable at times. The story is almost derailed as well by a lackluster ending. I wasn’t disappointed that I acquired the novel, but I will be much looking forward to King’s next effort and leaving this one in the rearview.

Kody Young is an account analyst for Barbara's Bookstores. He is based in the Santa Fe, New Mexico corporate office.