People Who Eat Darkness

People Who Eat Darkness

Love, Grief and A Journey Into Japan's Shadows

Book - 2012
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In the summer of 2000, Jane Steare received the phone call every mother dreads. Her daughter Lucie Blackman - tall, blonde, and twenty-one years old - had stepped into the vastness of a Tokyo summer and disappeared forever. That winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a desolate seaside cave.

Her disappearance was mystifying. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? What did her work, as a 'hostess' in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo, really involve? And could Lucie's fate be linked to the disappearance of another girl some ten years earlier?

Over the course of a decade, Richard Lloyd Parry has travelled to four continents to interview those caught up in the story and been given unprecedented access to Lucie's bitterly divided family to reveal the astonishing truth about Lucie and her fate.

Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780099502555
Characteristics: 403 p. :,ill, ;,20 cm.


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Sep 21, 2016

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MedinaReads Jun 18, 2015

"In the summer of 2000, a young English woman named Lucie Blackman left her Tokyo apartment for a date, or “dohan,” with a customer from the club where she worked. If this sounds like a thinly veiled euphemism for a prostitute/client meeting, it’s not. Lucie worked as a “hostess,” a job that involved pouring drinks, lighting cigarettes, flirting, and going on dohans (meant to end at the club where she worked, thereby bringing in more money). But Lucie never returned. Six months later, her dismembered body was found in a cave. Worse, the suspect in the case was later proven to have been drugging and raping hostesses for quite some time. The women reported their experiences to the police were ignored by an institution complacent in the knowledge that such things didn’t happen in Tokyo, a city with an extremely low crime rate. This lack of experience with deviant behavior also left the investigators ill-equipped to bring the case to trial. A verdict wasn’t reached until 2007.

More than a well-written account of the strange circumstances surrounding Lucie’s death, this book is an exploration of East/West differences, which are greater than I’d previously realized. Recommended for true-crime aficionados, those interested in other cultures, and anyone wanting a fascinating read." Recommended by K.L., Outreach Services, MCDL

Feb 08, 2015

Normally I don't read True Crime category, but something about this appeared interesting. Found the book to be banal, though, although the author does extremely thorough research, and catches all the important points and nuances. Sorry about the victims, but never caught my interest at any point. [Important facts about the victim's dad beyond the middle of the book.]

Nov 26, 2012

Too long - some parts I skimmed over as they were so repetitous.

Aug 21, 2012

culturally fascinating... could have been edited a bit differently. I found it repetitive, but pretty engrossing.

Jul 11, 2012

I've read scores of true crime accounts by various authors over the years, and I have to say this one is among my favorite top 5 picks. It's a page turner that you just can't put down!! The author's approach to re-telling the story is entertaining and educational. We don't always remember historical events in other countries, but Mr. Parrry walks us through it all!!!

Truly a work of art! Thank you.

May 30, 2012

Nothing too scary so far (first 10 pgs), but you just know that evil and depressing stuff lies ahead for us women.
Update: I bailed in chapter two. The menacing tension and tragic loss of an innocent life got to me.

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