Tuesday, March 10, 2020
The Outsider By: Stephen King
Another great book by Stephen King. I started watching the series with Justin Bateman. I watched the first 3 episodes, waited for my wife to catch up and then my wife moved forward without me :-(.
The book starts off with a brutal murder of a young child. The description is extremely disturbing. In the book the boy is mauled and also sodomized with a branch. The town coach, Terry Maitland is the main suspect. However the case soon unravels. Ralph Anderson, the investigator of the crime and himself being the parent of a murdered child, arrests Maitland in front of the entire town and a game he is coaching. The investigation takes a turn when Terry Maitland is 70 miles away at the time of the murder.
As with a lot of Stephen King novels there is a lot of product placement within the book. Sometimes it was a bit too much. I will admit that I was tempted to cheat and watch the show in order to find out what was going on. It is a suspense book all the way until the end. I did find it a bit disturbing as King kept circling back and mentioning what had happened to the Frankie Peterson. I felt as if King wanted to remind me again and again about the crime. As soon as I started thinking about the plot, someone mentioned the gruesome act.
** SPOILER **
The crazy part is that I remember as a child when my parents told me about "el viejo de saco". Little did I know that he would be the subject of a Stephen King novel.
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Scribner; First Editiion edition (May 22, 2018)