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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Richard Lloyd Parry

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: July 2012

Duration: 13 hours 11 minutes


Lucie Blackman-tall, blond, twenty-one years old-stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie's desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, followed the case from the beginning. Over the course of a decade, as the rest of the world forgot but the trial dragged on, he traveled to four continents to interview those connected with the story, assiduously followed the court proceedings, and won unique access to the Japanese detectives who investigated the case. Ultimately he earned the respect of the victim's family and delved deep into the mind and background of the man accused of the crime-Joji Obara, described by the judge as "unprecedented and extremely evil." The result is a book at once thrilling and revelatory.

"A masterpiece of writing this surely is, but it is more than that-it is a committed, compassionate, courageous act of journalism that changes the way we think. Everyone who has ever loved someone and held that life dear should read this stunning book, and shiver."-Chris Cleave, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Little Bee


  • Janas D.

    Disturbing, but riveting. Its written in a conversational tone of an investigative reporter and the narrator does a great job.

  • Gabby Gerardi

    Great book, really fascinating and tragic case. The author does a great job of setting the scene with Japanese culture. However, at time he gets a little biased (I feel) due to his relationship with the family, but maybe other readers will feel differently.. Awesome narrator though, and overall a book I'd definitely recommend.