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Suicide Forest

(World's Scariest Places #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  5,003 ratings  ·  752 reviews

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
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 440 pages
Published December 14th 2014 by Ghillinnein Books
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Shritama No, they are two different stories based on the same background. Besides, the Movie is a horror genre whereas the novel has more of a thriller and sus…moreNo, they are two different stories based on the same background. Besides, the Movie is a horror genre whereas the novel has more of a thriller and suspense concept.(less)
Pamela Miller It does talk a little about the legends of the forest itself and yes there are some talk of the culture. I cannot comment if it is accurate.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


SUICIDE forest is real. the Japanese call it Aokigahara Jukai, which means "Sea of Trees." Each year local authorities remove from it more than one hundred bodies, most found hanging from tree branches and in various states of decay. Abandoned tents, moldy sleeping bags, dirty daypacks, and miles of ribbon litter the forest floor. It is said the area is haunted by the ghosts of the suicides, and local often report hearing unexplained screams during the night. Signs warn visitors n
Faye, la Patata
Nov 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only "horror" thing about this was how HORRIBLE it was. ...more
jv poore
Not exactly about Aokigahara, setting this suspense-filled, fictional fright inside of Japan's "Suicide Forest" upped the creepy factor considerably. Like sharing ghost-stories in a cemetery. At midnight.

This copy is going to my favorite HS classroom library and I cannot wait to see what "my" students think.
Update: 31/01/18. The Kindle edition is currently gratis in the UK, US and Canada. Hmm. It's got mixed reviews. ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 23%

Spoilers ahead!

Suicide Forest kept popping up on my recommendations, so I decided to give it a go. It seemed like your standard ghost story - a famously haunted location featuring a group of dumb fucks friends hungry for adventure who each fit into a particular horror stereotype (the jock, the virgin, the comedian, the know-it-all, the insignificant one who dies first... etc).

The Good: --> the writing
The writing was actually pretty decent and the description of the forest gave me the c
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
10 pounds of crap, all bundled into an overflow of a 1 pound bag.
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Suicide Forest
Author – Jeremy Bates
Publication Date – December 14, 2014
Genre – Horror/Suspense
Type – Stand Alone
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy generously provided by author for Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
I have to share with you that this book had the most interesting twist that totally caught me off guard.  I was reading this and having flashbacks of Blair Witch Project. 

This book was unique with not only the settin
Leah Bayer
If there is a horror book that somehow involves a forest, I will read it. It's because I'm chasing the high of The Ritual, which is just... horror perfection (well, the first half anyway, we pretend the second section doesn't exist). I mean, that book made me scared of trees. So I keep hoping for a similar wood-themed horror, and end up reading terrible books like this. Sigh.

This is... well, I don't think it's really a horror at all. Literally nothing happens for the first 50%. A bunch of people
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this story . To be clear it has nothing to do with the new movie out. When it starts out you think you know where it's headed then it takes a U turn . It was interesting and kept me engaged so I do recommend this to people who love horror. I have the other two I. This series as well and I can't wait to read them . ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happened in this story was completely unexpected. This is one of those stories that sticks with you a while and gives you the creeps.
Update, 4th Dec 2017: I had a quick look through some of my old reviews/ratings and saw this one, and you know what? I'm changing my rating to one star. It is a 1.5 star read at best (for me).

Original review, written 27th March 2017:
This book had a creepy, interesting sounding premise and a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it was long winded, drawn-out and just rather dull, honestly.

So: This book is about an American guy, Ethan, who lives in Japan. One weekend, he, his girlfriend and 3 of the
Gianfranco Mancini

Someone had painted what looked to be a white arrow about ten feet up
on each trunk. They pointed in opposite directions.

"Are those arrows?" Mel said, frowning.

"I reckon the police made them,"
Neil said, "to find their way to other trails."

"Or bodies," I said.

Everyone looked at me.

I was expecting a supernatural horror tale like The Forest movie starring Natalie Dormer from this novel set in Aokigahara Jukai, the japanese Sea of Trees better known as the Forest of Suicides, and first part was poin
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
4.0 Stars
This was easily one of the best pieces of survival horror that I have read in a long time. A lot of work was spent developing the characters and their interpersonal relationships, which made the deterioration of the group so much more personal. The characters did somehow fall into the classic "roles" of a survival story, but I still found them to be reasonably complex and realistically flawed group of people.

I have a personal fascination (and possible obsession) with Japan so I really e
I am obsessed with this subject. This forest. If anyone hears of anymore books, etc., let me know. Please. I heard about this and then I saw this book and read it and his other available works about the scariest places. I love scary places. These are places I want to visit. (Not in a stupid, oh my gosh it’s dark, I’m going to run into the forest by myself with no provisions or gps etc., and so on kind- of -way)
I just find the mysticism around these places interesting. The urban myths vs facts.
I didn't like anything about this book. Firstly the plot was so slow that nothing seemed likely to ever happen. It was a bunch of people wandering around a forest and waiting for something to happen. To amuse themselves on this exciting adventure, they fight, swear and plan sexual encounters. Nothing new or original there.

The characters are uninspiring, obnoxious clowns. The young Japanese characters sound like wannabe gangsta rappers with their language. We got n***** this, n***** that and ther
Very fast paced. Good & intense. The story is well written & I had no dislikes with it or the characters. I would read more from this author.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Let's talk about death.

Death is always a touchy subject. Well, not just death, which is often a benign abstract thing that we tend to voice in impersonal and hypothetical tones. But dying. That’s a tough one. Not the dying you do when you are old and gray and ready to go. The type of dying that comes to you, a friend or a loved one suddenly, uninvited, and usually rudely. The ones you want to avoid but can’t. Accidents. Murder. Suicide….

Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates is about that type of dying
Elle G.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, suspense
Release Date: December 14, 2014
Genre: Horror
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. T
Quentin Wallace
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty tense horror novel about a very scary real life place. I remember seeing a documentary that discussed the Suicide Forest in Japan, and it was downright chilling. This novel takes that real life eeriness and adds in some pretty cool thrills and chills.

Basically a group of hikers gets lost and then..well, you know what happens next. (view spoiler)

This is a very blea
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ethan, Mel, Neil, Tomo, and John Scott's hike to Mt Fuji is cancelled by rain. When they meet an Israeli couple named Ben and Nina who decide to travel to Aokigahara Jukai a.k.a. Suicide Forest, The friends follow them to see if the place is really haunted. Can they survive their trip into the Suicide forest? Read on and find out.

This was a pretty good and horrifying read. Fans of horror will enjoy this story. I recommend this to anyone that likes horror stories and tales of the supernatural. I
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books

The I more thought the more I idea to drop my rating to 3.
Rachel Bea
More like a 2.5 read for me.
Sue Moro
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
When I heard the synopsis of this book I knew I had to read it. The story takes place in Aokigahara Jukai, also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees, located at the foot of Mount Fuji. Aokigahara is known as the location with the second highest suicide rate just behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Something about the forest draws people within its depths to end their lives most often via hanging. It is believed to be haunted.

The story is told through the eyes of Ethan, an American currently t
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Aokigahara -4.5 stars...

I absolutely love books with unique settings so when I came across this series I was completely psyched! This first book is set in Aokigahara and it's about a group of ESL teachers living in Japan that want to climb Mt. Fugi before they leave. On the day of their trip though, the weather takes a turn for the worse and their climb gets delayed. So in order to kill time, they decide it would be fun to camp for a night in Aokigahara, then hopefully climb Mt. Fugi the next d
Melissa Chung
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This was a nice creepy Halloween read. I've never read Jeremy Bates and I can definitely say his writing is pretty addictive. Just the right amount of suspense and action. There were a few grammatical errors/spelling errors, but not much. Overall I'm giving it 4 stars.

Suicide Forest is about a group of friends: 3 ESL teachers named Ethan, his girlfriend Melissa "Mel" and Neil. There's also Tomo a friend of Ethans and John Scott a friend of Mel's. They are heading to Mount Fuji for a hike. The wh
William Cook
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one sitting and that hasn't happened for a while. I got a really strong flavor of life in Tokyo et al Japan after reading this - the perspective of the TESL teacher was wholly believable to me (having done that myself in S Korea) and the characters were all well-written and interesting. I loved the way Bates ratchets the tension up with every page turned - as we go deeper into the ominous and foreboding forest, the character's stress and experiences become our own. This is a ...more
 (shan) Littlebookcove
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I knew I hadn't done a review of this!
As you can tell I wanted too! As I’ve just seen Jeremy Bates has released his Newest edtion to His “World's Scariest Places Occult & Supernatural Crime Series” “The Catacombs!” What really gripped me about this book was this History of were it was based. I absolutely love the “Aokigahara” Aka to us the suicide forest. All of Jeremy's book's are based on Real life places of mystery. And I honest can't wait to get my nails in to the 2nd book to this. Plot w
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2015
This book is as formulaic as it gets: a group of people decide to camp in a scary place. Bad things happen. People die. Blah blah blah. Yet I enjoyed reading it...until about the last 80 pages. Then it went downhill, and fast! When I finished I decided it was the worst horror story I've read in a very long time. I'm so glad it was free and I'm so sorry I wasted time reading it. ...more
Vicki Willis
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book preyed on all my real life fears about camping! I was terrified the whole way through. The ending was good, but having everything explained sort of took the tension away so that the forest is now not that scary anymore. The unknown part is always scarier than the known. I would definitely recommend this book to others. A solid 4 stars!
The Coycaterpillar Reads
Woah, well okay. Suicide Forest has a speed and a rhythm and that is to scare you shitless with its atmosphere and its tension. So, Japan has always intrigued me and it’s one of my places to visit when the pandemic is over. It’s all so enchanting but also has an air of ominous both with its culture and its history. One that has always stirred my imagination is that of Aokigahara (the suicide forest). You don’t want to examine the why’s of the forest for too long – it could plunge your psyche int ...more
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USA TODAY and #1 AMAZON bestselling author Jeremy Bates has published more than twenty novels and novellas, which have been translated into several languages, optioned for film and TV, and downloaded more than one million times. Midwest Book Review compares his work to "Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and other masters of the art." He has won both an Australian Shadows Award and a Canadian Arthur Elli ...more

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