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Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town

An Official Stranger Things Novel
Narrated by: David Pittu
Series: Stranger Things, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
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Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things

Christmas, Hawkins, 1984. All Chief Jim Hopper wants is to enjoy a quiet first Christmas with Eleven, but his adopted daughter has other plans. Over Hopper’s protests, she pulls a cardboard box marked “New York” out of the basement - and the tough questions begin. Why did Hopper leave Hawkins all those years ago? What does “Vietnam” mean? And why has he never talked about New York? 

Although he’d rather face a horde of demogorgons than talk about his own past, Hopper knows that he can’t deny the truth any longer. And so begins the story of the incident in New York - the last big case before everything changed....

Summer, New York City, 1977. Hopper is starting over after returning home from Vietnam. A young daughter, a caring wife, and a new beat as an NYPD detective make it easy to slip back into life as a civilian. But after shadowy federal agents suddenly show up and seize the files about a series of brutal, unsolved murders, Hopper takes matters into his own hands, risking everything to discover the truth. 

Soon, Hopper is undercover among New York’s notorious street gangs. But just as he’s about to crack the case, a blackout rolls across the boroughs, plunging Hopper into a darkness deeper than any he’s faced before.

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Barely Strange

So, as an avid Stranger Things fan, I was so excited to start reading all the books currently being written. Darkness on the Edge of Town really wasn't poorly written, but it didn't feel like it had anything to do with the Stranger Things Series. Yes, it mentions EL and Hopper, however, outside of that it really just felt like a fun cop story. I thought we would hear about Sarah's story and it really didn't touch any of her story. As a stand alone cop book- this would be a higher rating.