A Very Short Book Review: People Who Eat Darkness By Richard Parry

A Very Short Book Review: People Who Eat Darkness By Richard Parry

This is a very short non-fiction true crime book review on the book titled 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.



People Who Eat Darkness in 3 sentence

People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry is a true crime book on the death of a 21-year-old British woman named Lucie Blackman who went to Tokyo one summer in 2000 to find work in order to pay off her debt. While not a lot happened in this book regarding goriness, Richard Parry definitely uncovered how bureaucracy, court, law force, and politics work in Japan. The case itself spans years, and it really brought to light just how often cases of missing women in big cities go unnoticed and with very little coverage by the media.




Recently your girl is experimenting with audiobooks and I am tweaking to see what works and what doesn’t when it comes to listening to books instead of reading them. People Who Eat Darkness is the first non-fiction book that I used as an audiobook test-run to see how my concentration fare. To be frank with you, I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed reading audiobooks when it comes to this book. I had thought I would be bored out of my mind since this book wasn’t exactly a light read and it wasn’t short either, but the narrator managed to keep me engaged the whole time.

I am personally squeamish when it comes to reading true crime/thriller novels, People Who Eat Darkness is my first book of this genre but it definitely will not be my last. From this book, I realized just how many people live in shades of grey. We definitely feel much safer when we are able to categorize fellow humans into good and bad, but people–be they murderers or our mothers and fathers–all live in shades of grey. Though I was never curious about life as a journalist, after reading this book it dawns on me that being a journalist is no easy feat. It takes so much courage, tenacity and compassion to do their job well.



How I discovered it

It has been in my to-read list for a while, so I decided to pick it up.



Who should read it

True crime enthusiasts, people who are interested in the Japanese justice system and readers who are looking for something new and different.



How the book changed me

I was much less naive after this book, I would say. I never used to think the world is a just place, but I suppose I was always under the impression that when people go missing, most of the time there would be people looking for them. Be it their family or the police. No matter how little effort, at least there were time and energy put into it. However, after reading People Who Eat Darkness, I realized there must be dozens of people who go missing every day around the world without people even noticing or reporting it. It makes me feel sad that this is the reality of the world we live in.



My Top 3 Quotes


  1. “As humans, we seek naturally to help fellow creatures in distress. But most of us, whether we are conscious of it or not, expect something back – the flattery of helplessness and of need.”

  2. “Even those we know best are strangers, whom we understand, if we ever do, intermittently.”

  3. “What was most glaringly obvious was how Lucie’s death had changed the relationships between all of us, and how as a brother and a sister, and a mum and a dad, we were just four strangers sitting round a table.”




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