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  • Suicide Forest

  • World’s Scariest Places Series, Book 1
  • By: Jeremy Bates
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

From USA Today and number-one Amazon best-selling author Jeremy Bates comes a tale of mystery and horror set in Japan's ancient Suicide Forest, a place that is easy to enter but, for some, impossible to leave.  

Just outside of Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Japan...and also the most infamous spot to commit suicide in the world. Legend has it that the spirits of those many suicides are still roaming, haunting deep in the ancient woods.  

When bad weather prevents a group of friends from climbing neighboring Mt. Fuji, they decide to spend the night camping in Aokigahara. But they get more than they bargained for when one of them is found hanged in the morning - and they realize there might be some truth to the legends after all.  

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Jeremy Bates (P)2019 Tantor

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I absolutely loved this book. I read this book in one sitting and I simply couldn't put it down. It captures you and it's very suspenseful. You didn't know if it was one of the friends or something else. It's a great read. I want to read the rest of the series.

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  • 24-07-20

Should be a film...

Brilliant. What a fabulous book. I was gutted when the book finished it was definitely a book you shouldn’t start unless you have time as it keeps you listening.
Loved the characters you just felt like you were part of the group. Lots of twists and turns some predictable elements and other parts that are red herrings.
Loved this book thank you x

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  • kickboxing Cougar
  • 09-02-19

Loved this book!!

I lived in Japan for 15 years and am obsessed with the Aokigahara forest. The author did an outstanding job with this story and the characters!

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  • c
  • 16-02-19

Relationship angst with a heavy dose of mediocre

I don't understand all the 4 and 5 star reviews on Amazon / here on Audible for this story. The main character's relationship troubles became like a soap opera about halfway in. There were some unexplained deaths (suicides) in Suicide Forest. The final "twist" was pretty ho hum. Would like my 10 hours back.

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  • az_cloudy
  • 01-08-19

It was good , but...

I thought it would be much spookier. It was so lost in the details I thought it would never end and I really hated the path he took at end. Oh well. :-). It was still well written and good characters. Good narrator

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  • Amanda
  • 09-06-19

very good

very well written, I did not expect the ending at all and that is tough to do as an avid scary story reader.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-21

A tale of survival

It's a good story to finish. This isn't a scary book, more of a thriller.

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  • Nicholas
  • 31-08-22

My new Stephen King

I finished Suicide Forest as an audible book last night about 2am in in the morning in a fit to find out what happened.

The only book that I can truly say was a page turner, knuckle biting, high string… just an incredible book like this book was the first Stephen King book I ever read, Misery.

This book is the fist book that I’ve listened to or read by this author. But it packs a punch unlike I’ve seen in a very long while.

Suicide Forest, as I said, was writing unlike I’ve seen in a while. The story was sound and well written, I enjoyed the narrator chosen for this book as well.

Watch out Stephen King… if the other books Jeremy has written are close to this first book I have read, I’m already a big fan and hungry for more.

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  • DeLaney Cosola
  • 07-03-22

Good story. Awful narration.

Enjoyed the story and it kept my interest. It could be long winded sometimes though. Narrator drove me crazy. The voice over for the characters was awful. I had to switch to kindle for the read.

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  • missy
  • 01-02-22

The title caught me my eye

I found the story slow and the action uninteresting. When the story began to pick up 3/4 in I felt too little too late and it seemed to simply wind up in the final two chapters.

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  • carlita jeffries
  • 09-12-21

Eh

I didn’t enjoy this book. Waste of 10 hours of listening. Not his best book.

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  • Sarah Bonk
  • 21-11-21

Mediocre at Best.

I was excited to listen to this book because I love thrillers/horror and have always been fascinated by the concept of Japan’s “Suicide Forest”. The story wasn’t terrible per se, but it wasn’t great. The author builds a fairly strong feeling of dread and the descriptions of the forest itself are solid. However, there is a strong undertone of misogyny- the men are generally depicted as three-dimensional characters with back stories and noble and/or self-sacrificing natures which emerge through hardship, even when initially depicted in a negative light; the women, on the other hand, are depicted as nagging, mistrustful liars and sex objects, only useful for fueling the main character’s fantasies, or furthering the plot by being victims of physical and/or sexual violence while the men work to save them, growing and bonding in the process. I actually stopped at one point to check the publish date, wondering if the overt sexism was due to being published two or three decades ago- nope, it was published in 2014. This being said, I don’t hate the book. But I wouldn’t recommend it.