I haven’t picked up a Stephen King title in almost 20 years, but for some reason, the plot of a murdered child whose accused killer is the town’s upstanding little league coach, investigated by a lead detective who’s confounded by the impossible case appealed to me.
The Outsider | Stephen King, 561 pgs.
Perhaps the creepy cover compelled me to it. Channeling the look and art of the Upside Down, from a certain television series I’m obsessively devoted to, probably weighed in to my decision. Whatever the stimulus, I’m entangled in the thick of it now, which means it’s time for another Teaser Tuesday.
TEASER TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can join, just open your current read to a random page and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences (no spoilers, just enticing bait to lure would-be readers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments.
Thinking that if a person did begin considering supernatural possibilities, that person would no longer be able to think of himself as a completely sane person and thinking about one’s sanity was maybe not a good thing. It was like thinking about your heartbeat, if you had to go there you might already be in trouble.
-ch. 17, disc 7, track 7, min. 1:47-2:10
Without giving away any of the plot, about a third of the way in I noticed a strange phenomenon occurring: a twinge developed in the pit of my stomach during my commute to and from work (I’m listening to the audio book). It took me a while to realize the feeling was anxiety roiling in my belly directly due to the story. Rarely has a novel affected me physically in this way. I don’t know if that’s a positive or negative recommendation, but I do know I wouldn’t use the word “enjoy” when it comes to reading this story, filled with chill dread would be more accurate, it’s beyond dark.
Have you read any recent SK, what did you think? Do you have a favorite King novel? Mine are The Stand and Cycle of the Werewolf.