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Darkness on the Edge of Town

(Stranger Things #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,853 ratings  ·  313 reviews
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 cardboar
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Del Rey
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***3 stars***

Book two in the Stranger Things extended universe is focused on our favorite policeman, Jim Hopper.

Set in 1984 around Christmas time, Eleven finds a box of Hop's old keepsakes in his cabin. In this box, there's a bunch of stuff regarding one of his cases from when he worked as a homicide detective for the NYPD . El practically begs Hopper to tell her the story behind it and he eventually agrees to.

There are basically two timelines: we get glimpses from 1984 in Hopper's cabin, but mo
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
A pretty good story though it didn't feel like it had anything to do with stranger things. It could have been just any cop in new york in the 70s. I really wish there had more on Hopper and El, it would have make this ten times better. but I will say I really liked the mystery, it was very interesting, and if Mr. Christopher ever writes more mysteries I would love to read them. This is a 3 and a half out of 5.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read_2019, crime
Darkness on the Edge of Town provides some insight into Jim Hopper's life as a New York City detective working homicide before he ended up as chief of police in Hawkins. The storytelling method uses a throwback technique (Christmas eve, Hopper and El sitting around as he recounts a case in 1977) which readers will either like or not; unfortunately it didn't work for me, with the method coming across as little more than a gimmick to link this book to the series proper - otherwise reading as a non ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher is the second official Stranger Things novel in a series exploring other side stories set in the world of the show. These stand-alone books are great for fans who will no doubt appreciate a lot of the references and Easter eggs scattered about the story, but technically you don’t need any prior knowledge to jump right in and enjoy it either. This time, we’re flashing back
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows and I enjoyed the first novel so I was thrilled to get approved for this next installment. I think I actually liked Darkness on the Edge of Town a little more than Suspicious Minds. This novel primarily follows Jim Hopper, my favorite adult character in the series, at Christmas 1984 with Eleven as he tells her about his past as a detective in NYC 1977 with his wife and daughter. The brut
Actual rating: 1.5

Thank you NetGalley and Random House for this ebook.

While I’m a huge fan of Stranger Things, this book, which takes place between Seasons 2 and 3, read way too much like fanfiction. We get a semi-interesting look into Hopper’s backstory (his life as a homicide detective in 1970’s NYC with his wife and daughter), but it only served a limited purpose of going deeper into a character I personally don’t care enough about (sorry, but I don’t).

Sure, for the most part I didn’t hate t
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I'm a huge fan of the Netflix show Stranger Things.  I adore the characters, the small town mystery, and the creep factor.  The show relies on the nostalgia viewers have for pop culture and fond memories of their own childhood to make this a binge-worthy show.

I'm thrilled to see that Del Rey is beginning to release official Stranger Things novels that give fans of the show some character back stories!

Darkness on the Edge of Town begins at Christmas in 1984.  Police Chief Jim Hopper is enjoying a
Nathaniel Darkish
Jun 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
An uninteresting police procedural serial killer story with a thin veneer of Stranger Things on top of it, as tonally convincing as cheap laminate wood. This is the kind of tie-in book that makes people hate tie-ins.
Chris Greensmith
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: stranger-things
"El shook her head as she adjusted herself on the couch, pulling one leg up underneath her." Was Saint John like me?"
Hopper worked his jaw for a couple of moments." "
El nodded." Special...different."
3.5 stars.

Stranger Things is one of my favorite tv shows. I'm obssesed with it. In fact, I binge watched the whole third season the day it came out because I couldn't get enough of it. Therefore, when I found out there was a book based on the show, I knew I had to read it. I picked up Darkness ofn the Edge of Town as soon as I could get my hands on it. I thought it was an enjoyable book, even if it had a few flaws.

At first, I was a little hesitant going into Darkness on the Edge of Town. Hoppe
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now THIS is the Stranger Things book that I wanted. After the very disappointing "Suspicious Minds", Adam Christopher gets us back on track with "Darkness on the Edge of Town." The Premise: It's the day after Christmas, 1984. El finds a box of Hopper's detective stuff from when he lived in New York with his family in the 70's. He then tells her the story (with regular flash back to the "present") about a serial killer investigation he did in the summer of 1977 and the insanity that followed. The ...more
Elvina Zafril
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: times-reads
Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows. Every time I received Stranger Things books or any related stuffs, I felt so excited for them.

Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town follows a story about Jim Hopper's past life before everything's changed. This book is the 2nd book in Stranger Things series. But I think it's okay if you haven't read the book 1. It was Christmas on 1984 where he told his story to Eleven when he was a detective in New York City 1977. He was with his wife and dau
Jay Gabler
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
‪Thank you Random House for the free book.

Me: “There’s a new Stranger Things novel about Jim Hopper in New York City.”‬
‪Greta: “Sounds like erotic fiction.”‬

‪Not quite...more like a gritty cross between Ghostbusters and The Princess Bride, set against the real-life 1977 blackout.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Reading this book feels like reading the script of an episode of a crime drama. Cop with sassy partner gets assigned case, (view spoiler) Despite being achingly predictable, the story could be enjoyable if not for the fact that there are simply ...more
The story opens in Hawkins, 1984 and Hopper and Eleven first Christmas together. Let there be Eggos™! She wants a story, one about his past life and she pulls out a box marked New York. Hopper reluctantly shares his last case there. One that took place in the summer of 1977, one that forever changed him….

And I was hooked! Narrated by David Pittu I was quickly pulled into the boys’ club at the NYPD as Hopper and his new “female” partner are working a weird case of homicides only to have federal a
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I finally finished this book - and although it is not a bad book as such I really struggling to connect with it. I guess it had a lot going for it and probably just as much if not more going against it.

Let me explain - in the for camp we have the fact the book is based on a global entertainment phenomenon. From this attracts a lot of attention and the ability to bring in some very talented if not best seller authors to explore and expand the canon.

In the against camp you have the fact the bo
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Hoppers story from when he was a cop in NYC.
A crazy dooms day cult/killer case, and life in the 70's.
After coming back from Vietnam, Hopper his wife and baby decide to move to NYC. He needed a change and always wanted to help people and change things.
This is mainly a murder mystery, but we do see that Hopper was always someone who wanted to help and cared for the people he was trying to protect, whether in NYC or Hawkins. He's always been a no nonsense level headed good guy. He's alway
Ryan Hixson
Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town by Adam Christopher is the second novel that takes place in the Stranger Things universe. I did not read the first one which was about Eleven's mother, but I wanted too and was very interested, but wasn't able to, so when this novel came available on netgalley i had to request it. I was super excited to receive it early for any honest review. I'm a big fan of the show and eagerly awaiting the third season of Stranger Things July 4th on Netflix. So ap ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Darkness on the Edge of Town is the second tie-in novel for the Stranger Things series. Released 28th May by Penguin Random House on their Del Rey imprint, it's 432 pages and available in hardcover, paperback, audio, and ebook formats.

I don't watch a lot of TV. I actually watch very very little TV (most people would say 'none', though that's not factually accurate, it's not far off). This is why, despite coming highly recommended from my friend
Sarah Theis
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Nobody should want to be a hero. All you should want to do is the right thing. Heroism is not a job description.*

So, although this is book 2 of the Stranger Things novels (all are stand alones and don't really require knowledge of the show) it has very little to none paranormal activities. This one reads as a detective novel, based in Jim Hopper's past as a NYPD homicide detective. The lack of paranormal was disappointing but once you accept it as just a detective novel it's easier to get into.
Tiffany Hough
Perfect light read to kick off summer. I was annoyed that this covered only a tiny part of Hopper’s backstory. Still fun though.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, thriller, dnf
Generic crime drama. Stranger Things characters could've easily been replaced with different names and it wouldn't have made a difference.
Don Jimmy Reviews
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Century Publishing.

Given that Season 3 is now upon us, and I had a bit of a break in my "must read" schedule, I jumped into Darkness On The Edge Of Town with a lot of excitement. I'm a big fan of the show, and loved the previous seasons. The only problem I have is that my wife also loves the show, so that means I can't just binge it while she is asleep like I do with others (i.e. shows she hates like It's Alway
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book wasn't really what I was expecting. I was hoping it had a stronger tie-in with the actual Stranger Things show and it didn't. Basically the only tie-in it had, was that Hopper was telling Eleven a story from when he lived in NYC.
Once I got over the fact that it had nothing to do with the show, it was still pretty enjoyable. It was basically a cult murder mystery and I haven't read any mystery/thrillers in a while so it was refreshing.
I really enjoyed the more in depth look we got at H
Martina Krausová
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: disappointments
I was so hyped to reading this book, cause the first one in this "series" was really good! But this time I was kinda disappointed..
To make it clear - the plot was great, I really enjoyed that! But it was sooooo stretched out! I can imagine it being half as long without even noticing any difference in the plot itself. I understand that the author wanted us to feel the mood, the atmosphere and everything, but for me he went too far with it. First half of the book made me bored so the rest didn't w
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Aside from the handful of pages that could’ve made this a “Stranger Things” novel, it ended up really just being a cop book about a guy named Hopper. I was hoping it would be pulled into the world more, the chapters that did take place in present day Hawkins, Indiana were my favorite and also too few. It’s a fine cop/detective book, but not what I would expect out of the Stranger Things world.
Bex Evans
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Just like the first Stranger Things book, this isn't what I was expecting, however still enjoyed it overall. It took me ages to read as I was finding myself sometimes enjoying it and sometimes a bit bored. I'm a huge Stranger Things fan so I am glad I read it to get an insight into Hoppers life before Hawkins.
Truebluedah ♪
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn’t end up finishing this..
It just didn’t feel like Stranger Things and it also didn’t provide much backstory. It would have been better as it’s own story but not as a ST spin off.
Jonathan Lee B.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Darkness on the Edge of Town is a marshmallow crossword puzzle with a knife.
Tabitha Vohn
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-cool-table
I obsessively loved every minute of this novel!
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Adam Christopher’s debut novel EMPIRE STATE was SciFiNow’s Book of the Year and a Financial Times Book of the Year. The author of MADE TO KILL, STANDARD HOLLYWOOD DEPRAVITY, and KILLING IS MY BUSINESS, Adam’s other novels include SEVEN WONDERS, THE AGE ATOMIC, and THE BURNING DARK.

Adam has also written the official tie-in novels for the hit CBS television show ELEMENTARY, and the award-winning DI

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