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Title:People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
Authors:Richard Lloyd Parry
Info:FSG Originals (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 464 pages
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Tags:True Crime, Nonfiction, Social and Cultural History

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People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry


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This is such a good read. Thrilling, unheimlich, fascinating, disgusting and intriguing.

It's a story about the disappearance of a young British woman in the bizarre vortex of the Tokyo water business (the term used for a variety of adult or not so adult goings on). But it's also - and perhaps even more - a story of trying to understand what can't be understood. Of coming to grips with what can't be gripped. Why this girl? Why (spoiler) did the abductor do as he did? What made him tick? And most chillingly of all, what if there really is no explanation to his crimes? What if he is simply a human, not the devil his actions suggest? The story is also a story about Japan and the Japanese. About a culture so hard to fathom - and perhaps because of this, so fascinating.

I recommend this book highly. You will not be able to put it down or easily forget it. Four (very big) stars out of five. ( )
  Jan.Stinus.Nielsen | Oct 5, 2015 |
It quickly becomes clear why this book was shortlisted for so many awards. Parry spent ten years researching the case, interviewing involved parties, attending trials, and talking with the police.

All this research made it possible for him to create an in-depth, thorough account of Lucie Blackman, a young British woman who went missing in Japan. She was working as a hostess in the Rappongi district; her job involved making conversation with Japanese men. When she went missing, many believed her disappearance must have somehow been connected to her job, to the fact that she was a beautiful foreigner-or, as a mysterious phone call claimed, because she had joined a religious cult.

This was a case I knew nothing about, but by the time I finished this gripping read, I felt completely informed and emotionally invested. The only time Parry went awry was in the very last chapter, when he abandoned his research to wax philosophically on life and death.

This is a book about a terrible crime, but it is also about family ties, culture, the role of women, the legal system, and how one act can have reverberations for generations to come. ( )
  seasonsoflove | Sep 17, 2015 |
One of the best true crime novels I have read. Could not put it down. ( )
  Fearshop | Aug 20, 2015 |
People Who Eat Darkness was an incredibly intriguing account of not only Lucy Blackman's murder, case and murderer - but also a great insight into some aspects of Japanese culture that you, the Westerner, may not know. Richard Loyd Parry creates an addictive pace with this book and it was at times very hard to put down. ( )
  Braden_Timss | Jul 17, 2015 |
Compelling true-crime story about the terrible murder, and its aftermath, of a young English woman in Tokyo. For my full review, please see: http://whisperinggums.com/2015/05/23/richard-lloyd-parry-people-who-eat-darkness... ( )
  minerva2607 | May 23, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374230595, Paperback)

Lucie Blackman—tall, blond, twenty-one years old—stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.
Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, covered Lucie’s disappearance and followed the massive search for her, the long investigation, and the even longer trial. Over ten years, he earned the trust of her family and friends, won unique access to the Japanese detectives and Japan’s convoluted legal system, and delved deep into the mind of the man accused of the crime, Joji Obara, described by the judge as “unprecedented and extremely evil.”

The result is a book at once thrilling and revelatory, “In Cold Blood for our times” (Chris Cleave, author of Incendiary and Little Bee).
The People Who Eat Darkness is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012

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Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, chronicles the 2000 disappearance, massive search, long investigation, and the even longer murder trial behind the gruesome murder case of Lucie Blackman in Japan.

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