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A must-read prequel to the hit Netflix series Stanger Things.

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‘A pacey, creepy book that does what any good prequel should... this is unmistakably Stranger Things' – SFX Magazine
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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.

Reviews

A pacey, creepy book that does what any good prequel should: enhance the story it precedes… this is unmistakably Stranger Things... packs an emotional punch

SFX Magazine

Suspicious Minds is the prequel story that fans have been waiting for.

Kirkus Reviews

The novel’s set-up is sublime! Fans of the show will no doubt enjoy it – I certainly did.

Den of Geek

Guaranteed to satisfy your craving for new Hawkins material even better than a box of Eggos.

The Mary Sue

8/10. A very good read

Starburst

You’re left hungry for more, but in the best way possible, as the book manages the balancing act between interconnected prequel and standalone story.

Cinelinx

This is a puzzle Gwenda Bond solves with elegance and wit.

Sci-Fi Bulletin

Highly recommended for those readers interested in expanding their knowledge of the Stranger Things’ universe, this book is also a dark and captivating story that will stick in the readers’ minds even if they are not fans of the franchise.

The Unseen Library

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781780899626

    February 5, 2019

    Century

    320 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds
    Gwenda Bond

    Paperback

    9781787462021

    August 20, 2019

    Arrow

    336 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9781780899619

    February 15, 2019

    Century

    320 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • EBook

    9781473563230

    February 21, 2019

    Cornerstone Digital

    336 pages

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