The Outsider by Stephen King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Once you eliminate the natural, whatever remains must be supernatural?”
For the record, I am NOT a fan of Stephen King. That’s not to say that I would never become one, I just haven’t read enough of anything of his that I have really LOVED. That said, if creepy, dark, and twisted is what you enjoy, this book will not disappoint. The Outsider was an unnecessarily longwinded partly enjoyable police procedural turned supernatural creepy monster thriller. The unspeakable heinous sexual acts of the creature turned me off from the start, and I don’t think such brutality was needed for what otherwise was a good story. The characters were bizarre, offbeat, and totally awesome. I LOVED Holly Gibney and old lady Lovey. I appreciated the strong female cast of this novel. It was also great to see both unbelievers and believers work together to create a cozy, investigative team concerned with seeking the truth, whatever that may be. Was this book creepy? That would be a big HELL YES! One particular scene had me turning all the lights on in my house. A hint of folklore adds a nice touch. This book was just too damn long. Three stars.