This isn’t the typical book I review here –it’s darker. Most true crime murder novels focus entirely on the killer or the crime itself; Richard Lloyd Parry emphasizes the victim. He tells Lucie Blackman’s story; a pretty, blonde, 21-year-old woman who had her life ahead of her but disappeared from Tokyo streets and turned up dead in a seaside town months later. Parry dives right in painting a vivid scene of Blackman’s life, depicting her job, how she ended up in Japan, what she did while in Tokyo, who she spent her time with, and who this young woman was.
Parry also covers the bumbling and slow police force in Japan who are clearly not prepared for a crime this serious. The police pursued clearly false leads in Ms. Blackman’s disappearance, and even ignored earlier reports by woman who had survived their brief encounter with the killer. Because of police ignorance the killer had been able to drug, rape and murder woman for almost 30 years completely undetected.
People Who Eat Darkness is a thrilling book, acclaimed by many an In Cold Blood for our times. Parry does a fantastic job of describing this crime and exploring the ideas of evil and trauma within Japanese society.