Book Review: The Outsider by Stephen King

Cover Image of The Outsider by Stephen KingAuthor: Stephen King

Print Length: 560 pages

 ISBN-10: 1501180983

 ISBN-13: 9781501180989

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Source:  This is a book that I purchased.

Blurb

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

My Thoughts

Spooky and Chilling

This book starts with a boy murdered in an unfathomable, disturbing way. The book goes through the attempts to catch the perpetrator.  Will they catch him?  After hearing what he had done, I crossed my fingers throughout the book hoping the “Outsider” would be caught.

As I read this book, I felt anger, frustration, and heartache.  Heart-ache because of the way the boy was murdered (The descriptive language that is used made me a bit sick to my stomach.) as well as the impact that this murder has on a particular family in the book.   Anger because of the behavior that this “Outsider” was exhibiting was just unacceptable. Which is an understatement, to say the least. Lastly, I felt frustrated finishing this book because of the lackluster ending.  I was honestly kinda bummed there wasn’t more too it than there was. How I felt about the ending of the book is the reason for the 4-star review, instead of giving it a full 5-stars.

Have you read The Outsider?

If so, what were your thoughts on this book?

Quote

“And I believe in A. Conan Doyle, who had Sherlock Holmes say, ‘Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.’

Rating

4-stars

About the Author

Author Stephen KingWebsite | GoodReads Twitter

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen’s grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.

He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men’s magazines.

Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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Blogmas #15: Book Review | Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Cover Image of Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel HollisAuthor: Rachel Hollis

Print Length: 240 pages

ISBN: 1404109838

Publisher: Thomas Nelson; paperback edition (February 6, 2018)

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing

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 *Source: I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb

Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

My Thoughts

I am not in the target market for this book.  I am 40 and have 2 boys in their mid and late teens. I would have LOVED, to read this book in my younger, young family years.  However, I still loved this book.  Rachel Hollis is relatable. It was as if this book is a conversation with your best friend, just talking and keeping the conversation real. There were many valid points in this books, but the key was to do what works for you. Be you. Be confident and DON’T take “no” for an answer when you are striving to reach your goals.

I can’t wait to read her next book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, that is coming out in March 2019!

Quote

“Girl, get ahold of your life. Stop medicating, stop hiding out, stop being afraid, stop giving pieces of yourself, stop saying you can’t do it. Stop the negative self-talk, stop abusing your body, stop putting it off for tomorrow or Monday or next year. Stop crying about what happened and take control of what happens next. Get up, right now. Rise up from where you’ve been, scrub away the tears and the pain of yesterday and start again… Girl, wash your face!

Rating

5-stars

About the Author

Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop ApologizingRachel Hollis is a #1 New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, a TV personality, top motivational speaker, top podcast host, CCO of the company she founded, and mother of four. Rachel was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30” and she is deeply passionate about empowering women in business.

She’s become known as “the Tony Robbins for women” because of her motivational, high energy style and her unique ability to empower and embolden a female audience. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with audiences everywhere.

Her company, The Hollis Company exists to arm people with the tools to make positive and lasting change. They do this by creating media, products, inspiration and community that challenges their audience to reach for a better version of themselves every day. They believe that everyone can benefit from a personal growth mindset– most especially people who’ve never
encountered it before.

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Cover image of Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis has a new book coming out in March of 2019!  It’s called

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

You can pre-order it here (Amazon)

#Blogmas Is Coming To The Bibliovert

#blogmas on The Bibliovert
#Blogmas is a countdown, of sorts, to Christmas.

On December first, #blogmas will begin.  I look forward to participating in this, for the first time, this year.   I feel it will allow me the ability to post some different types of posts than I normally would, as well as place a holiday spin on Decembers posts.  I did leave a few openings for reviews, or other topics that may come up. 

So, we’ll see how it goes.

Here’s the December outline of what you can expect on The Bibliovert.

#BlogMas on The Bibliovert

Will you be participating in

#Blogmas this year?

What are your blogging plans

for December?