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Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds is the first official novel based on the Netflix original series, Stranger Things. Written by Gwenda Bond, it serves as a prequel to the series. The novel focuses on Eleven's mother, Terry Ives, and her time as an MKUltra test subject.[1] It was officially released on February 5, 2019.


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • If you think you know the truth behind Dr. Brenner's experiments at Hawkins Laboratory, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in the first official Stranger Things novel—"the prequel story that fans have been waiting for" (Kirkus Reviews).

It's the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America. 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 protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn't content to watch. 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. The remote lab, deep in the woods, contains a mystery Terry is determined to uncover.

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.

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.[2]


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On September 27, 2018, Entertainment Weekly published the novel's first chapter, along with the novel's official cover.[3] On January 30, 2019, Variety published another excerpt from the novel which revealed Eleven's mother's first encounter with Dr. Martin Brenner.[4] The Barnes and Noble edition of the book includes a limited edition poster.


While the novel was set to be published on February 5 (US) and February 7 (UK), the release date was unintentionally broken when it was revealed that a few copies were already being sold by some enterprising retailers as early as January 30 at an airport in Jakarta.[5]

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