The Outsider by Stephen King

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source: purchased
title: The Outsider
author: Stephen King
pages: 561
published: May 22, 2018
genre: crime thriller
first line: It was an unmarked car, just some nondescript American sedan a few years old, but the blackwall tires and the three men inside gave it away for what it was.
rated: 4 out of 5
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blurb:
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is discovered in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens—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 have DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying details begin to emerge, King’s 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:
The Outsider is exactly the reason I love reading Stephen King. This was an exciting, scary thrill ride and I gobbled it up and wanted seconds.

As the novel starts off Coach Terry is at a little league baseball game when he is arrested in front of over one thousand people. He is a well known and well liked coach, he is married with two young daughters. Coach T is being arrested for the recent murder and mutilation of a local 8 year old boy. The call to arrest him that way was made by detective Ralph Anderson who is positive the coach committed this crime and is hell bent on making sure he pays the price for it.

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Sunday Post 3/22/2020 : A few quick updates

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all staying safe and able to stay home during these uncertain times.

I haven’t been on blogland at all in about two weeks and I have found it hard to even concentrate enough to read a book so I have not been reading.  I’ve been working from home alternately, one week at home then one week in the office. I hope that will change soon and that I can work from home full time until this passes. I work in Bergen County, New Jersey which has the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state so far. I stay isolated in my cubicle when I am in the office and eat my lunch by myself as well. Half the building is empty rotating weeks at home and I stay away from co-workers as much as I can when I am there. This all seems surreal. I would be lying if I said I haven’t had a few meltdowns and cried it out but I’m trying to stay positive and of course be safe.
I haven’t let my kids leave the house since last Friday and they will continue to stay home as long as it takes. It is hard for them staying at home away from friends but necessary.

On the weeks I work from home, Otis insists on staying on my lap. He is good company….

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onto my bookish updates….

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/8/2020: Random updates, poetry and crochet.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Happy Sunday all. This past week flew right on by. Today the temps are supposed to hit 60 degrees and tomorrow 70 so the warm weather is definitely welcome. I will be taking a nice walk later today at the park to enjoy it.

I have a busy upcoming week so I know I won’t be posting an update next Sunday, but I will be back after that. I finished up The Outsider this week which was excellent and I enjoyed the last couple of chapters while eating handmade chocolates my husband surprised me with. Books + chocolates = bliss. I had to refrain from eating this entire box in one sitting. He knows I love those handmade chocolate turtles which have cashews and caramel. Those are my weakness.

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onto my bookish updates…

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Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 3/1/2020 : Hellooooo

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

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Oh boy, March has arrived. This is the longest coldest month ever but at least that means Spring is in sight. I’m back on my blog this weekend dusting off the virtual cobwebs. I went MIA for a few weeks last month due to long work hours and just daily life in general. February was a very busy month. I’ve been putting in 9 and 10 hour work days at the office. I got into a small fender bender last month but no one was hurt and my car is fixed already actually. I went to a concert which was amazing as usual and on my days off I’ve been trying to just rest and recharge. I hope you are all doing well and I will be blog hopping now and catching up.

Onto my bookish updates….
recently on the blog:
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I popped in this past week and posted for Serena’s Poetry Reading Challenge . I aim to post a poem the last Tuesday of each month this year.
Ask Me Why I Love You by Walter Everette Hawkins was my pick for February.

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Serena’s Poetry Challenge February: Ask Me Why I Love You by Walter Everette Hawkins

As part of Serena’s Poetry Reading Challenge I will be sharing the poem I enjoyed the most that month on the last Tuesday of each month.
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One of the easiest, and possibly most difficult, will be getting people to sign up to read a poem-a-day through the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day service. The challenge is to read a poem-a-day for a week once per month and write about which poems were your favorite and why. You can write up a short blurb on your Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or your blog. I’d love for you to share your experience in the comments each month.

After reading a poem a day for a week in February, the one I enjoyed most was: Ask Me Why I Love You Walter Everette Hawkins. This was my first time reading this poet and I  enjoyed this one so much because I like love poems. I enjoy the way this poem flows, simply and beautifully. I like all the examples he gives to show that sometimes you can simply love someone just because you do…“And I will ask the flower why it loves the Summer sun…”. 

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Ask Me Why I Love You by Walter Everette Hawkins

Ask me why I love you, dear,
And I will ask the rose
Why it loves the dews of Spring
At the Winter’s close;
Why the blossoms’ nectared sweets
Loved by questing bee,—
I will gladly answer you,
If they answer me.

Ask me why I love you, dear,
And I will ask the flower
Why it loves the Summer sun,
Or the Summer shower;
I will ask the lover’s heart
Why it loves the moon,
Or the star-besprinkled skies
In a night in June….

What do you think of this one? You can read the poem in full here.

You can sign up for a Poem A Day over @ Poets.org

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Nothing in this post is available for download. The flower photo is my own.