Our author studies fear, and so in the book she experiences old haunted prisons, haunted houses all over the place, a forest where people go to commit suicide in Japan, and more places that I will spend the rest of my life avoiding. (Though, the suicide forest in Japan is super interesting, I'd read a book about that. At home. With people. With lights on. Because duh.)
So here's some interesting facts from the book to intrigue you:
-When she visits the suicide forest place in Japan she discusses the country's curiously high suicide rate. It's "consistently ranked among the ten counties with the highest suicide rates in the world". Which is interesting because it has a really low death rate. Suicide is the number one cause of death death for men between the ages of twenty and forty four. (In the US, it's "unintentional injuries" which means accidents, which I bet includes a lot of motorcycle accidents, but that's just me editorializing.)
-This is just a random fact I thought was interesting - "Over 300,000 people were killed by big cats through the 1800s on the Indian subcontinent alone - and they had guns!" (Meaning people had guns, not the big cats. The number would have been higher then!)
- She talks about "dark tourism", which is something that I'd vaguely hear of before. It's discussed by The Atlantic here and it's ick and interesting and all kinds of things that I don't know what to make of it.
- Also, this is totally conjecture on my part, but if you read between the lined in the book and in the acknowledgments I feel like she fell in love with someone that she was talking to at one of the places she investigated.
In general I found the book fine, it scratched an itch I needed for a super specific work of nonfiction (because you guys know, that's my jam) but I don't think it's something I'd read over and over. So I guess a 3 out of 5!