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The Darkest Places: Unsolved Mysteries, True Crimes, and Harrowing Disasters in the Wild

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Longtime readers have come to understand that Outside's true gift is in chronicling misadventure. The Darkest Places chronicles mysterious disappearances, unsolved murders, and deadly disasters, taking us to far-flung places no sane person would want to go. ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Falcon Press Publishing
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Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book consists of feature length articles from Outside magazine ranging from the 1990s through approximately 2017. The articles are arranged in three main categories: Mysteries, Strange Phenomena and Wild Crimes. There are 26 articles in all, if I counted correctly, and all are penned by a different author. Each article is preceded by a brief synopsis that sets up the story very well.

The writing tilts towards outdoorsiness, as should be expected, and is of a consistent high quality and a most
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of mostly really great magazine stories from Outside magazine. Each story is written about some crisis, often a death, and what happened in its aftermath. Nothing bloody or disgusting; all stories written very nicely examining an event, not necessarily a death. Only a couple duds in the whole book.
Jane Woods
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really good. I'm not giving it 5 stars because it made me depressed for a couple of days. I spent a day reading this book & got through half of it & just felt really dark & heavy because that's what the first part of the book is. The real life stories lighten up a bit toward the end & I wonder if it wouldn't have been better to spread the tone around a little although maybe I had just hardened up by the end or unsolved mysteries seem sadder. It also would have been good if the editors h ...more
Jerry Smith
Reading books like this is, I must admit, something of a guilty pleasure for me. I love the challenge of working through classic literature and the joys of learning more about history but every now and then I like to read books that appeal to somewhat less serious and weighty matters. Sometimes I am very disappointed, but at other times, such as this, I very much enjoy myself.

This book is a series of articles written over the years (although mostly within the last 10 to 15 years) by writers from
Oct 03, 2019 added it
It was good filled with different mysteries that people couldn't solve or that were weird ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great stories from Outside Magazine, but super lazy editing job. No updates to any of the stories, some of which chronicled ongoing events.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I want to start by saying I found the writing on 90% of these articles to be fantastic, however this is not the type of book I typically find engrossing. Interesting, yes, but not engrossing, which means I really had to fight to finish it. I am a procrastinator who loves a deadline so when I set "end of year" as my finish goal I really buckled down. One thing I did appreciate is hearing about true crime stories that aren't widely talked about and done over and over again in podcasts, etc.

If I'm
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good, there were definitely some super interesting, engaging stories but I did find a few of them a bit slow so I skipped them. My main complaint, though, is that I found it very hard to place the stories on a timeline in my head. Most if not all of the stories have dates in them, but they were not all published immediately and I definitely think it would've been helpful if the original publishing dates of each of them were listed at the front or at the beginning of the stor ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a compilation of various essays kind of tangentially related to outdoors stuff.

Some were very interesting (the essay that's the basis for blackfish, the one about the teenager who steals airplanes, the lobster mafias, the rhino horns, the large scale nut thefts in central california by the armenian power, & the map stealer).

Some were less so (the guy who died and had his boat looted in an area known for pirates & looting, the dude who shot one national park ranger and froze to death in
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, they present mysteries and bizarre cases of crime and sheer oddities. Proves that life is truly stranger than fiction sometimes. Also pleasing is the short chapters that enable the reader to take in one or two stories before bedtime. I promise you won't limit yourself to one, though. I was up many nights past midnight telling myself, just one more... ...more
Jacques S
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection.

I really liked this collection of real life stories of the good, the bad and the ugly. I especially appreciated learning about wildlife and conservation crimes, and the loopholes in the systems that are meant to protect species of all kinds. Also liked seeing the challenges that people that work in environments not typically native have to face. Great read.
Rita Jo Sterling
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was very sad. These stories were about people who went missing and never found missing off the face of the earth, to never return as without so much as a trace as to how? Why?! I felt very down by this.
Jen Ubelaker
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as "spooky" as I'd imagined, but still a good read. Varying stories from the magazine. ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked the Pacific Northwest content in this book, both Canadian and American. Lots of other strange but true stories too.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Outside Magazine. They do some great investigative reporting. This is a compilation of their previously published articles and it doesn't disappoint. ...more
Jeff Cherpeski
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn't realize how many of these I have read in the pages of the magazine. I did find a few that I hadn't read. ...more
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic set of cases presented. There are several missing persons cases, murder cases, and a miscellaneous section that details crazy crimes and fugitives from the law. Entertaining and well written.
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