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Suicide Forest Paperback – 16 December 2014
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"Creatively creepy and sure to scare" - The Japan Times
"In Bates' (The Taste of Fear, 2012, etc.) horror novel, a simple excursion into a reputedly haunted forest turns into a nightmare when people start dying in conspicuously unnatural ways... [His] choice to avoid brazen scares makes for an understated horror story that will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like." - Kirkus Reviews
Where nobody rests in peace.
The bad news is they're lost. There is no good news.
Where fear is a place.
You're not supposed to leave the path. They did.
Awards for the World's Scariest Places series:
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS AWARD (WINNER, 2016)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (GOLD, 2016)
READER VIEWS LITERARY AWARD (WINNER, 2015)
GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
AUSTRALIAN HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION SHADOWS AWARD (FINALIST, 2015)
FOREWORD INDIES BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (FINALIST, 2014)
THE SKOUTZ AWARD (GERMAN, FINALIST 2017)
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2016)
NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD (FINALIST, 2017)
Praise for the World's Scariest Places series:
"Will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like" - Kirkus Reviews
"With a shout-out to Stephen King, Bates's series seems to draw inspiration from other contemporary classics such as the Final Destination film series and the American Horror Story anthology...Voracious readers of horror will delightfully consume the contents of Bates's World's Scariest Places books" - BookLife Prize
"Thriller fans and readers of Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art will find much to love" - Midwest Book Review
"Will make your skin crawl" - Scream Magazine
"Told with an authoritative voice full of heart and insight" - Richard Thomas, Bram-Stoker Nominated Author
"Takes any preconceived notions of 'horror' and turns them on end" - Midwest Book Review
"Grabs and doesn't let go until the end" - Writer's Digest
"You won't be disappointed" - HorrorAddicts
"Bates knows how to creep into his reader's mind and toy around" - Horror Palace
"Spellbinding" - Bestsellersworld
"Readers will be on the edge of their seats until the very end" - BookLife Prize
"Something to give you chills before you go to bed" - San Francisco Book Review
"Excellent!" - Andrew Peterson, international bestselling author of FIRST TO KILL
"Will delight horror fans who want their novels steeped in psychological suspense as well as action" - Midwest Book Review
"Invites you to read it in one sitting" - Hellnotes
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Ethan, his girlfriend Mel, some friends and acquaintances, decide to spend the night in Aokigahara after their Mt. Fuji climb is postponed due to bad weather. Things start off alright, but soon one of the group is dead, they are lost, and something is hunting them.
Before going into my review, I need to say that obviously, if suicide is a topic that makes you uncomfortable, you may not want to read this book. I will also add a warning for rape here . It is not graphically portrayed, but is mentioned, and is a plot point.
So, I was quite excited to read this book. I was a Japanese major at university, and so it is always exciting to read books set in Japan. And of course, this book was set in a real, supposedly haunted location, which is another topic I find absolutely fascinating.
I found myself very engaged with this book. The characters were all different from one another, and I was keen to discover more about their pasts and what led them to Japan. The character we spent the most time with, given that the book was written from his first person perspective, was Ethan. I empathised with him, though he did make some stupid decisions, even before everything went wrong.
The pacing worked well I believe. It started off a little slow, but this allowed me to get to know some of the characters better, and feel the atmosphere of a camping trip in a creepy place. We would also have glimpses of the past as Ethan thought back. For the most part, these flashes were unobtrusive and helped develop Ethan further, but sometimes they felt out of place and irrelevant.
The setting was done well. As I said, the suicide forest is a real location, so it already garners a certain amount of legitimacy. It was written to be a claustrophobic, and some how unnatural forest, as if the history of it seeped into the roots of the trees to shape them, and I loved that.
I did have some problems with the book. Firstly, there was an unnecessary deer injury/death (animal deaths are one of few things that bother me in fiction, yet I see it a lot, given that one of my favourite genres is horror).
The reveal toward the end of the book, though unique, was a bit of a let down. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting, which in itself isn't a bad thing, but it felt strange and unsatisfying.
The ending also felt rushed. We discover what is happening, get to the major conflict, and it goes by very quickly. The epilogue, slightly out of place, also felt rushed, as if the author wanted the story to end. Things are tied up a little too neatly, while also being open ended, which is an unsatisfying juxtaposition.
All in all, I enjoyed Suicide Forest. While there were problems with it, it was a fun and easy read that put an interesting spin on a well established sub-genre of horror, set in a real world location. I would recommend this book to horror enthusiasts, unless suicide and rape are subjects you cannot stomach.
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I liked how Jeremy has done his research, for Suicide Forest is a real location. He also includes the local culture and words, for example a bento box and ramen shops. Jeremy really got the atmosphere of the Suicide Forest, giving it a creepy yet very real feel to it. I really enjoy walking my dog through woods but this is not a walk in the park for these 7 people who abandon the regular tourist trail.
Suicide Forest is written in the first person of Ethan Childs, who is an English teacher. I liked the little bits thrown into the story about teaching English to the Japanese and the funny things they can say. English is a great living language and I loved the bit were Ethan had words with Tomo - “Have lunch,” I corrected him vacantly. I didn’t usually do this outside the classroom, but “take lunch” always irked me, one of those expressions the Japanese favored that just sounded wrong.
I found Suicide Forest to be a GOOD read that plays on the urban legend horror theme. I liked how it was a first person narrative so that the reader feels they are at the center of the action. Suicide Forest is an adult book that fully explores the issue of suicide but is not preachy or religious. The quality of Jeremy’s writing is good and he has a very wide vocabulary, forcing me to click many a word on my Kindle, to be sure of it’s meaning.
Suicide Forest kept me entertained but I did NOT enjoy it as much as The Taste of Fear, another of Jeremy’s books. Because of the background, the choice of a real location and the urban legends attached, Suicide Forest for me was a GOOD 4 star read.
I was telling my son about the program as he had seen it on Facebook and my Bookbub daily offer has this Free.
I loved all the new things l found out about Japan as well as the forest. The added bonus of a great horror fiction woven into fascinating factual text, definitely worth reading.
Plus the ending of the story... the explanation of the events... ridiculous.
SPOILER ALERT: If it was only mad humans then what was the ghostly image in the photograph? How did a guy with a completely mangled leg (leg broken in half etc) manage the hero action? Implausible to the point of ridiculous.
I look forward to reading the other books in this series and other books by this author in general.
I highly recommend.
A chilling read, hard to put down!
.A lot of totally irrelevant backstory .Graphic descriptions of characters that play no further part in the story -tedious .Almost halfway through the book before any action
If it is the first in the series maybe the author was yet to get in his stride .
Also if it was the women that were wanted why would the men be targeted first ?
The last few chapters were more interesting but totally improbable,which was a let down .
Characters were great you either loved, hated or pitied them all. Would definitely read more by this author.
No spoilers & no clues but if you love scaring the "bejesus" out of yourself then you'll love this !!