Sea of Trees by Robert James Russell book review

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The Plot

An American college student, and his Japanese girlfriend Junko traverse the Aokigahara Forest in Japan-infamous as one of the world’s top suicide destinations-in search of evidence of Junko’s sister Izumi who disappeared there a year previous. As the two follow clues and journey deeper into the woods amid the eerily quiet and hauntingly beautiful landscape-bypassing tokens and remains of the departed, suicide notes tacked to trees and shrines put up by forlorn loved ones-they’ll depend on one another in ways they never had to before, testing the very fabric of their relationship. And, as daylight quickly escapes them and they find themselves lost in the dark veil of night, Bill discovers a truth Junko has hidden deep within her-a truth that will change them both forever.

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The Review

The first thing that grabbed me about this book was the fact it as about Suicide Forest. The mystery surrounding this place has always intrigued me. The central plot of the book follows Bill and his girlfriend Junko who are in search of Junko’s sister, Izumi. As Bill and Junko search for her they come across different items and places in the forest. It’s at these parts that we get glimpses into the eyes of those who have killed themselves and what led up to them doing it.

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The story evoke chills up ones spine as we continue to read on and the story of why Izumi went there in the first place unfolds. Set in a manner that is told beautifully and poetically the author lightly embraces the subject of suicide and with love and ease delivers it. This book is beautifully told and is a quick read. Not one to read in the dark though! (might be a little too chilling.) 4 stars from me!.

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