The Outsider

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while hasn’t it? I do apologise! Anyway, for this review it is the very first Stephen King novel that I’ve read and is my next read on Challenge 2020 (book to be made into movie/tv).

“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

A horrific crime has been committed to a young boy. A crime that has shook not only the town but even the hardiest of police officers.

“Strip away the shape-changing, the memory-sucking, and the glowing eyes, and you’re just a sexual sadist and common paedophile.”

They have one suspect. Terry Maitland. Detective Ralph Anderson has numerous eye witnesses and fingerprints that place him at the scene of the crime and with the associated vehicle.

It isn’t until after a very public arrest that new evidence and a problem is brought to light: Terry Maitland has an iron-clad alibi that places him seventy miles away. There are witnesses and even a video clip that places him there.

“I think it was someone else. I think it was an outsider.”

Soon Detective Anderson’s investigation takes a turn no one expected – the impossible. Because how can someone be in two places at the same time?

“ There was one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man could not be in two places at the same time”

Something beyond natural is at work here. Something incomprehensible. Something unbelievable. This is something Detective Anderson has never seen or heard of and if it wasn’t happening in front of his eyes then he wouldn’t believe it either.

“Those murders were committed by an outsider. He uses our modern science – our modern forensics – against us, but his real weapon is our refusal to believe. We’re trained to follow the facts, and sometimes we scent him when the facts are conflicting, but we refuse to follow the scent.”

The first half of this book is like any normal crime thriller. Then Stephen King steps on the supernatural pedal and then things get weird. But I loved it! I couldn’t put it down and I loved the concept and how it was written and I definitely didn’t foresee the outcome although I’m not sure if that’s because I’m a Stephen King newbie!

If you like supernatural, crime and thriller then I would recommend this!

You can find this book on Amazon

I think next I’m going to choose a light hearted book, something a little happier and less supernatural!

Until next time,

Keep reading,

D x

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