The Outsider by Stephen King

I have loved Stephen King’s novels since I was in about 5th grade and I got my hands on a copy of Tommyknockers. I still love Tommyknockers but there are so many more stories to love. Annie Wilkes in Misery, Ben Hanscomb in IT and Bill Hodges from Mr. Mercedes are all just a small sampling of characters that come from the pen of Mr. King. I hadn’t been as excited for a release of a book as I was for The Outsider and trust me it didn’t disappoint.

Summary: Can a man be in two places at one time? Can said man commit a heinous crime and still be with family and friends? That’s it folks I am not  divulging anymore.

What I liked: Everything. This was Mr. King in his truest element. I read and savored every word, sentence and page like a fine gelato. It was dark and twisted and it was perfect. Mr. King has a way to make the unimaginable seem possible and mundane. One thing I have always noticed about King’s writing is that it moves forward in time. You never feel as though the characters are in a time bubble. There is discussion of what is going on in the country peppered throughout the story and how it would relate to the characters. Honestly, I could gush about this book for hours and hours until my fingers fall off. The pacing was spot on throughout the novel. I love King’s use of pacing in his novels. You have slower bits and faster paced bits, the eb and flow of the story and the characters lives. His characters as always are three dimensional and are well planned out.

What I didn’t like: That it was over.

Star Rating: 5 Stars….all the stars…every star in the sky!!

My thoughts:  Stephen King fans all have our favorites and the stories that didn’t quite do it for us.  But this amazing tome will sate even the most ravenous and discerning of Mr. Kings fans. Just wow. Love it. There really isn’t much more to say.

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