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.
Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town Adam Christopher Del Rey, 2019 Source: My Own Bookshelf
I love the Netflix show Stranger Things... so much so that I preordered each novel. I have been excited to read them - they've been holding me over in between seasons!
I enjoyed Darkness on the Edge of Town, but it definitely isn't the usual Stranger Things plot. It's a vintage mystery, taking place in the 70s instead of 80s in New York City. It's a glimpse at an earlier Hopper, and it's interesting. Personally, I like mysteries, but I don't think the average Stranger Things fan will like this book because it has such a different style than the show. I was glad that Eleven made appearances, as the premise is that Hopper is telling her the story. Overall, I thought Darkness on the Edge of Town was good, but a little long (it was over 400 pages!)
I read this book as a part of the Disney-a-Thon reading challenge. It took care of my first prompt: read a book featuring a male protagonist. I should NOT have picked such a long book for my first prompt, but I got it done - 10 points for Team Lion King!