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Release Date: December 14, 2014
Actual Rating: 3 stars
In my quest to read a ton of scary books for Halloween, I stumbled upon this one. Suicide Forest or Aokigahara is a real forest in Japan. It's a dreary place where people go to end their lives in peace. It's all very tragic but unfortunately true. Anyway, when I stumbled upon this one with it's creepy cover and then saw it was a part of kindle unlimited I knew I needed to give it a try. For the most part, it's a good book. There are spine-chilling moments and definitely sad moments, but most of all thrilling moments. However, the ending was not something I was expecting and it kind of felt like a let down. I won't say why because there are people who will want to read this and experience it for themselves, but for me it was just meh. Furthermore, while this is a horror novel, I found myself feeling more depressed then I did scared. Maybe it's because of what the forest encompasses? Or the fact that it is a real place? I don't know. But it made me feel sad. I guess I shouldn't have done some research on the actual forest while reading it because it hurt my heart (I don't recommend finding images on google for this novel... Just saying. You won't like what you see).
Anyway, all of this added together made it an okay read for me, and while I devoured it page by page, it wasn't a favorite and I certainly won't be reading it again. The characters are decent (I would probably rate them 4 stars), the plot was fast paced and a little scary, but again, depressing for me (2.5 stars), and the ending was cool, but not something I thought it was going to be so I would 3 star it.
If you like shows like scariest places on earth , haunting reads based on real places, or just plain scary novels with a bit of mystery to them then I would recommend this one. This is the first book in a series of standalones that feature stories (all fictional) about the scariest places on earth. Interesting concept, right? I will be reading another one to see if I like it better then this one.
Other Books in the Series
EACH BOOK CAN BE READ AS COMPLETE STANDALONES
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