Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

February 11th, 2019 Kimberly Review 23 Comments

11th Feb
Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond
Suspicious Minds
by Gwenda Bond
Series: Stranger Things #1
Narrator: Kristen Sieh
Length: 8 hours and 56 minutes
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration: 4 .5 cups

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 further 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, codenamed MKUltra. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tightlipped 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 she 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.

Audiobook scifi SUSPENSE twisted

Stranger Things was our first Netflix series binge, despite owning Netflix since its inception. I was excited when Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond, a prequel to the series came across my desk. The story takes us to 1969,  Indiana and into the Hawkins National Laboratory where Dr. Martin Brenner is conducting LSD tests on college students for the CIA. Come along and meet test subject 008.

While fans of the series will appreciate getting the backstory to Eleven’s mom, Terry Ives it isn’t necessary to have watched the series to enjoy this. Bond offered an engaging tale set during the Vietnam War and the drafts. The story introduces to Bloomington college student Terry Ives, and her classmates Alice, Gloria and Ken. Each is a participant in Brenner’s tests and those tests, and the lab lead to abilities, discovers and danger.

If you love Stranger Things, you’ll slip right in to this storyline with its paranormal and urban fantasy vibe. The tests are trippy but a discovery of a young child with incredible abilities soon have Terry and her friends investigating what exactly is happening within the walls of the institute. Danger, men in suits and unthinkable twists and outcomes kept me listening into the wee hours. Everyone’s gifts were unique but what happens to Terry will send chills down your spine.

Suspicious Minds was a fantastic prequel, but it also left the door open for another book or two before Stranger Things. I hope that more are in the works. I would also love to see this brought to Netflix. *fingers-crossed*

Kristen Sieh narrates, and it was my first experience with her. I thought she did a splendid job of delivering the tone and voices for the story and characters. I like when a character speaks and I immediately know by tone and mannerism who is speaking. Such was the case here. I would not hesitate to listen to Sieh again. I listened to the first chapter and normal speed, then bumped it up to 1.3X.

Fans of paranormal, urban fantasy, and suspense thrillers will enjoy this. While aspects were scary, I would not classify this in the horror genre, but light science fiction.

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About Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond is the author of many novels, primarily for young adults. Among others, they include the Lois Lane trilogy, which brings the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novels, and the Cirque American trilogy, about daredevil heroines who discover magic and mystery lurking under the big top. She and her husband author Christopher Rowe also co-write a middle grade series, the Supernormal Sleuthing Service. Her first mystery project for adults, Dead Air, a novel and podcast written with Carrie Ryan and Rachel Caine, is out now, and in 2019 she’ll release a Stranger Things prequel. She co-hosts the weekly podcast Cult Faves. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, Salon, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. She has an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and their unruly pets. There are rumors she escaped from a screwball comedy, and she might have a journalism degree because of her childhood love of Lois Lane.

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23 Responses to “Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond”

  1. Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

    Hmm. I haven’t seen Stranger Things but my younger daughter watches it. If I were to read this, would I be able to talk to her about the show? It sounds pretty neat – and I know you said you don’t have to have watched the show to read this so that’s nice – but I’d also like a way to talk to her about it without watching. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it, Kimberly!

  2. JennRenee

    I have been on the fence with this one if I want to read it or not. Sometimes I dont do well with books after tv shows.Hard for me not to compare. But I think I need to check this one out.

  3. kindlemom1

    I love the TV show (even though I’m still not done with season two) so I was super curious how the book was/is. Glad to know it wasn’t a bad read at all and fans will like it! I do love that this all takes place before the show. It does sound like it would be a good show too. 😉

  4. Rebecca

    So cool. I had no idea this was a thing, and I love the Stranger Things series. I rarely watch TV, but that series caused me to binge hard! I wonder how she got the rights? I will definitely check this out. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Lorna

    I love Stranger Things. I would probably enjoy this but I need to wait until the price goes down.