The Outsider by Stephen King. (2018).
*4.5 out of 5 stars*
An 11 year old boy has been murdered and there is forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses that proves that a popular man in town committed this horrific crime. But said man also has an alibi which looks to be true. So how can he have been in two places at the same time? As the clues are investigated the investigation spreads and horrifying answers begin to emerge.
If you have read the Hodges trilogy (Mr Mercedes; Finders Keepers; End of Watch), you will recognize a main character from that series who appears in the second half of this novel. It would probably help a bit to have read those books to understand said specific character but I wouldn’t say you have to read that series first to enjoy this one (although there are spoilers from that series in this book).
This is a slow paced book which kind of starts off crime genre (fairly graphic violence included) and turns into supernatural horror at about the halfway point. If you’ve ever read Stephen King you won’t be surprised by the paranormal inclusion – a lot of his that I’ve read have a similar tone. I have by no means read all of his books but I can’t think of any that I have read and not enjoyed so perhaps I’m a bias reviewer with this author. But hey, it’s just my opinion, and my overall opinion on this novel would be: that I really enjoyed it, it felt like classic Stephen King, and I was completely sucked in by the story and didn’t want to put it down.