Top critical review
The tidbits about life in Japan are interesting, at least.
July 15, 2018
I went into this book with no bias and fully intending to Love It; As I got half way through, I began to get concerned.
The book follows a single Japanese native and a ragtag team of world travel's to the infamous Suicide Forest in Japan; From the get go, this is not approached delicately--the characters just HAPPEN to be invited to go and just HAPPEN to have all the camping equipment they need! Despite the danger and lack of planning, in a bad horror movie twist, everyone merrily marches off into this forest.
As far as 'mystery' goes, the mystery being who/how/what/why are people turning up dead. . .Isn't that the basic gist of a horror story? That's not really a mystery, and the book is NOT written so you can piece the clues together and figure out who it is. The real mystery is why someone marketing this thought it was a mystery.
The narrative puts this book at a high school reading level; There's no poetry to the scenes and descriptions. It's 'This is so and so, who has blonde hair and blue eyes.' Oh, and a LOT of overly described corpses. Like a lot. A LOT. To the point where I began to wonder why the author chose that, of all things, to spend a paragraph or more on each.
Gore is also a huge factor here and frankly, doesn't add to the 'horror', just is plain disgusting. If you like looking at photos of dead things, you'll love reading about them in explicit detail down to their genitals, detail that will never be paid to the living characters.
In short; I wish I had not bought nor read this book and now I can get neither my money and worse, time back.