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Review: Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town (#2) by Adam Christopher.

Summary from Goodreads:

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 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.


What I Liked:

Writing Style. I enjoyed Adam Christopher’s writing style. He did a great job of recreating the characters and atmosphere of Stranger Things. I will be checking out more from him in the future.

Characters. Adam Christopher did an amazing job writing the familiar characters of Hopper and Eleven. I also loved that we got to see the relationship between Hopper and his ex-wife

Hopper and Eleven. My favorite aspect of the novel was how well the author wrote the father/daughter relationship between Eleven and Hopper. It was the cutest thing I’ve read this year. I think this would have been a 5 star read if it took place at the cabin only instead of focusing mainly on Hopper’s past.

What I Disliked:

Length/Pacing. I felt that the novel could have been shorter. It was 400 or so pages and I struggled to keep reading near the end.

Plot. The plot switches between the past and present, from when Hopper was a cop in New York to him in the present day with Eleven in the cabin. I loved the sections with Eleven and Hopper. However, I felt that the New York storyline was hard to follow and dragged out.

I recommend that fans of Stranger Things check out this well-written look at Jim Hopper!


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars


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