I have no idea what the title is about, even after listening to the whole book. It means absolutely nothing in relation to the book,as far as I can tell. But if you ignore the title, it's an interesting story........It looks not only at the Tokyo Hostess Clubs like the one where the dead girl was working, but also at the Tokyo justice system, from the police through the courts.
To call this a "who dunnit" would be doing this book an extreme disservice. It proves the old adage that "truth is stranger than fiction". It explores a side of Japan of which most are unaware. Masterful presentation by Simon Vance.
I sat on this review for the book "People Who Eat Darkness" for a few months. I processed whether or not I actually wanted to write a review.
We join the parents of Lucie Blackwood in a hopeless search for their missing girl in the huge city of Tokyo.
This was a compelling read, but not a very nice one. It left me with the desire to wash my hands after having read it, and try to unread portions of this book that left me feeling unclean. For, after all, this book enters the underbelly of Japan in search of a missing girl.
Parry has written a true story, in a way that makes it read like a crime story - one that enters demented minds of people who operate in darkness.
Probably not from this author, but Simon Vance is as good as always.
His accent is appealing and he always does a good job as narrator.
The story starts with Lucy disappearing, and then... nothing happens. Its more than halfway through the book before anything related to her disappearance starts to happen. I was not interested in the detailed back story of Lucy, her family, her boyfriend, her BFF and other people in the story. I also would have preferred if the story were chronological, instead of being told in chunks that go back and forth in time.
I was told this was an attention getter and downloaded it for a long car trip. I listened to an hour or two the night before because I heard it was a slow start and wanted the interesting parts to keep me alert during driving. It kept me entertained for maybe 4 hours of driving, and then dragged on for too long. I can't tell if everything came together in the end because I had to turn it off and find less boring material to keep me attentive during the drive.
Overall, it just dragged on too long and entertained too many offshoots. I hope I get the energy to finish it and see if everything comes together in the end, but am doubtful that the first 7 hours of listening will compel me to finish it. Too long, and the narrators voice was incredibly distracting.
Yes.This book had me in suspense from the start, given that the main character seemingly ran to Tokyo like most ppl walk out to get some air, not an ounce of caution.
How the main character despite how uncomfortable the surroundings were, took the hostess job.There were red flags all over doing that.
When they got Obara into the court room.
Culture driven sickness
It's amazing how some ppl reason away the overall strange behavior of this country's people.Different doesn't always mean sick, yet where these ppl are concerned if one looks at how they are when in contact with them in general, warning bells would go off whereas to be politically correct it is always said of different cultures, "That's just their way."This is one place I would never visit.
well written tale of creepy sleazy people... and a murderer.
interesting enough, but doesn't offer a very sympathetic view of the greedy, attention desperate, druggie drunks that put their dignity at risk by "hostessing" in japan. or their sleazy crazy families...
i had pity for the seemingly weakest character, the dead girls sister who seems to be the only one with any sense...poor girl.
it was well edited and paced accordingly. there was a ridiculous character tangent (Mike) that amounted to nothing and it was a good 45 minute excursion into idiocy.
the book was tawdry...but well written...kind of made the poor family look really petty, and stupid.
This true story will chill parents of girls and remind us that there are predators who look for naive young people to prey upon. Simon Vance's narration was excellent. Non-fiction audio at its best.
The true story is simple: a girl goes missing in Japan. Then it gets strange. If it were a novel, no one would believe the twists and turns. I learned so much about Japan and why young girls are drawn there. One of the best true crime books I have ever read.
There are some very mild spoilers below.
This book was interesting mainly for the insights it provided about Japanese culture. For example, who knew that the Japanese police are almost laughably incompetent at solving all but the most routine crimes? Also, the narrator was outstanding -- I felt shivers down my spine every time he pronounced the word, "Roppongi". Seriously, though, he was truly an excellent reader.
The story itself was suspenseful at the beginning, but the actual crime turned out to be far less sinister and less interesting than I thought. Also, the book is much too long, and it drags in places (particularly toward the end).
Two other things I didn't like: The title is bizarre and misleading. I don't recall the author developing any ongoing theme of eating darkness (whatever that might mean), and there was only ONE person involved in the crime. Also, I really didn't like the author's final chapter, where he pontificates on What It All Means. He should have left the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.