First Stranger Things Novel Hits the Shelves

By February 10, 2019 New Releases

This week the first Stranger Things novel hit the shelves. Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds was released on 5th February and follows the nonfiction books about the series that were released last year.

Author Gwenda Bond is already recognised as a successful YA and children’s author and is known for her Lois Lane series, and the Cirque American series.

Here’s the blurb:

A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, she signs on as a test subject for the project, code-named MKULTRA. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight-lipped researchers . . . and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover.

But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory—and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner—lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined. To face it, she’ll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including one so mysterious the world doesn’t know she exists—a young girl with unexplainable superhuman powers and a number instead of a name: 008.

Amid the rising tensions of the new decade, Terry Ives and Martin Brenner have begun a different kind of war—one where the human mind is the battlefield.

As the blurb explains, Suspicious Minds is a prequel to Stranger Things, set in 1969, almost twenty years before the action in the book.

It’s out in hardback now on the links below!

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