This book is about a series of shark attacks that occurred around New Jersey in 1916. It covers the events by looking at multiple aspects of what happened and what might have caused a rouge shark to behave in such a manner.
The author gives a brief and easy to understand description of the evolution and biology of sharks. It looks at what makes the shark unique and its place as an apex predator in the ecosystem.
The author also explains what was happening in history during the early 1900s and the societal norms of the time. This was a time of change and more people were entering the ocean for leisure than had ever done before in American history.
One of the most gripping parts of the book was how the author delved into the personal lives of each of the victims. He talked about their family history, their work or school career, and the long term effects each attack had surviving family members.
This was an interesting and educational book to read. I found it riveting and would highly recommend it.