People Who Eat Darkness
The Fate Of Lucie Blackman
The True Story Of A Young Woman Who Vanished From The Streets Of Tokyo, And The Evil That Swallowed Her Up
Author: Richard Lloyd Parry
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Published: March 7th, 2011
I occasionally enjoy books on this subject, that being true crime stories. This book delivers in many ways. First, in the factual sense. The author is a journalist and he brings all the facts about this case in an organized and easy to read manner. He also gives the reader plenty of backstory which allows you to relate to or at least obtain proper context to understand the happenings regarding Lucie Blackman.
There aren't overly graphic details in this book. It is not meant to shock or horrify. Yet, the details are still present and you can't escape the brutality of what happened to Lucie. All the events are shrouded in mystery and shadiness, which is typical of such an incident borne from any underbelly, regardless of location and culture.
Japan does however produce a lot of mystique and wonder in itself, so the fact that everything took place there will colour your reading experience due to this. I found that besides the account of Miss Blackman, I was intrigued and mystified by the workings of Japanese society, law enforcement, and their justice system.
The crazy thing about this whole story is that could happen to anyone, and it is the type of crime that still happens all over the world. Sexual crime and murder is a dark phenomenon that we live with, and this book provides you a great depiction of it. Great not in the sense of entertainment per se, but in effectiveness of storytelling.
I also appreciated how the way Lucie's story ended was not what I expected it to be. I won't mention even the slightest inkling of what that will be because it will certainly take away the surprise of it. You might already be familiar with Miss Blackman's story, but I was completely unaware of it before reading.
I gave it a 3 star rating on Goodreads, but I think 3.5 would be more suitable. It's not that there was anything particularly wrong with the book not to warrant a higher rating, it's just that overall I felt this was a fair rating. I hope you enjoy this book as I did.