People Who Eat Darkness : Love, Grief and a Journey into Japan's Shadows, Paperback

People Who Eat Darkness : Love, Grief and a Journey into Japan's Shadows Paperback

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: True crime
  • ISBN: 9780099502555



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I was disappointed in this book. Although there were interesting parts about the culture of the hostesses in Tokyo and the Japanese legal system, I felt the author failed to make a good human connection to the women who were the victims in these crimes. At times, especially in the last quarter of the book, it almost seemed that he wasn't sure if he was writing a book about himself or about the events he describes. There is obviously a wealth of good research behind the book, but it didn't quite get pulled together into a story that kept me enthralled.

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This was a very factual, unsalacious, sensitive account of a sad and bizarre murder. I couldn't put it down. Well done to the author for merging plain facts with sympathy and compassion. And for avoiding the sensationalism that reporters of murder cases so often indulge themselves in.