• Suicide Forest

  • World’s Scariest Places Series, Book 1
  • By: Jeremy Bates
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Eh

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

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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.

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Good but

Good but I wish this book had started around chapter 38. The narrator was easy to listen to.

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A lot of wasted potential

This book had a lot of potential given that it was set in Japan’s notorious Aokigahara (sometimes referred to as the suicide forest). The author, however, wastes this setting through a combination of two dimensional characters and poor plot, It could have been good, but ultimately fell incredibly flat.

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  • C.J. Lister
  • 05-30-21

Suicide Forest

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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  • 07-24-20

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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  • Melissa Harris
  • 06-25-22

Brilliant

Loved this book, gripping to the very end, couldn't stop listening. I'm going to buy the paperback copy.

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  • Katie
  • 05-18-20

Not scary, but okay story

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Not a bad storyline, although I couldn't wait for the main characters girlfriend to die, was begging for it, because she was annoying and I dislike her immensely.


memorable moment - when one of the main characters cuts off the bad guys penis and shoves it in his mouth.... :)