Subtitled: Inside the Shocking 1916 New Jersey Shark Attacks

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

In July of 1916, the New Jersey coast was the site of a series of shark attacks that shocked the nation. Starting just prior to the July 4th holiday in the Atlantic ocean, the terror escalated about a week later with more attacks – this time a few miles up the Matawan Creek, where two people were killed and one other seriously injured.

The New Jersey attacks served as one of the inspirations for novelist Peter Benchley when he wrote the book Jaws, which became a fantastically successful movie in the summer of 1975. The book begins with a detailed description of the attacks and the public, governmental, and scientific reactions to them. A lot of the rest of the book is devoted to the debate on whether all of the attacks could be attributed to a single shark, and what type of shark or sharks might have carried out the attacks.

I gave Twelve Days of Terror four stars. I had heard of the attacks back in the 1970s, and it was good to read an account that separated fact from fiction.