The brutal opening is King’s way of proving he’s a master of horror – including the real-life horrors that are among us. When a young boy is found dead and mutilated in unspeakable ways, the police find evidence that points to Terry Maitland, a teacher and beloved Little League coach. The only problem is that Terry was out of town when the murder took place, with video footage corroborating that. So how could he be in two places at the same time?

Fans of the Mr. Mercedes trilogy will have a welcome surprise when Holly Gibney is brought onto the case and she begins to think it’s a supernatural “Outsider” committing theses mysterious crimes. King’s fans may notice similarities between previous novels – especially the Mr. Mercedes series – and I thought it was an updated version of “It” told through the eyes of the adults and police detectives.