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People Who Eat Darkness
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 | Richard Lloyd Parry
Lucie Blackmantall, blond, twenty-one years oldstepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, covered Lucie's disappearance and followed the massive search for her, the long investigation, and the even longer trial. Over ten years, he earned the trust of her family and friends, won unique access to the Japanese detectives and Japan's convoluted legal system, and delved deep into the mind 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, "In Cold Blood for our times" (Chris Cleave, author of Incendiary and Little Bee).The People Who Eat Darkness is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012
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Ekkross
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I couldn‘t do it. I got about halfway through and even the details of the crime couldn‘t keep me interested anymore. The author would take detours into describing the political history of different populations in Japan, which normally would be fine and interesting, but they felt like distractions from the real narrative.

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Reviewsbylola
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If you‘re frequenting the hostess restaurants in Roppongi, Tokyo, you‘re the Japanese equivalent of a #partyman. This book is so atmospheric, about the disappearance of a British woman in Tokyo in 2000. I‘m fully immersed in the culture and lifestyle. #soaringscores

LeahBergen I‘ve heard this is a good one. 👍🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB This one sounds soo good! #stacked 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds really good ! I‘m scared , but I‘m stacking 👍🏻 3mo
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CrowCAH Was she ever found?! 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve stacked previously but now I‘m HUNGRY for this book!! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly This one was good but SOOOOO creepy. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I think so but I‘m only 100 pages in so I can‘t confirm! @crowcah 3mo
CrowCAH @Reviewsbylola gotchya. 3mo
cathipink This is a random question (sorry!) but do you have a fave BTK book? Have you read the John Douglas one? I'm thinking of picking it up. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I actually think I‘ve only read one book about BTK. I need to remedy that. 🤔 It was the one written by his daughter and it was pretty good, although the religious aspect got a bit tiresome. @cathipink 3mo
cathipink Thank you so much! I've been reading the new John Douglas and it's made me think I need to read one. Sorry again for the randomness 🙂 3mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m always happy to talk true crime! @cathipink 3mo
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QueenOfWands
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Pickpick

I always feel weird saying I "enjoyed" a #truecrime book, but there it is. Good for true crime fans and those just getting into it. Not sensationalized or too dense. Sensitive depiction of grief and what the families go through. Also an interesting, brief look at a part of the Japanese justice system.

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stacybmartin
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Setting aside my audiobooks for my #labsoundtrack today so I can catch up on some podcasts. Casefile is one of my favorites and Case 107 covers the murder I read about in ‘People Who Eat Darkness‘. Anyone else listen to Casefile? It‘s really well-produced - very in-depth research, great narration, plus they add in atmospheric music in the background that is light enough to not interfere with the narration. So good!

swishandflick I love his voice! I get so creeped out sometimes, in a good way for true crime 😆 9mo
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larah17
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Pickpick

This was an interesting and very frustrating story of an English girl who went missing in Japan, and the weird and terrifying discoveries that were made during the ensuing search. I enjoyed the writing as it was not written in the dense manner that some true crime can be.

#MountTBR2019 13/36
Goodreads 18/52

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heikemarie
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I enjoyed this true crime story about a young woman missing in Japan. It goes into detail about her job (hostessing), her family, the man eventually accused of her murder, & the Japanese court system. I think this book has shown me that true crime can join my very short list of audiobooks I like (memoir, biography).

This is as much green as you‘ll see from me today! We won‘t tell the Irish that my new redhead status has more to do with Merida...

Reviewsbylola I love listening to true crime on audio and like you, I am very picky about my audio choices! 10mo
wordzie ❤ facial masks 🙌 10mo
heikemarie @Reviewsbylola I might have to pick your brain for some reccs! 10mo
heikemarie @wordzie right?? Great option for self care! 10mo
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heikemarie
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Unconstrained by clocks and time, I‘m eating Jafrezi chicken and rice for breakfast and listening to this weirdly compelling nonfiction book while completing my morning administrative tasks. Happy Friday!

gradcat Happy yummy 😋 😊 👍 10mo
Tamra Happy Breakfast! 10mo
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Ekkross

People don‘t dissolve into particles.

sk888888 An amazing book! 12mo
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sophierayton
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Pickpick

Excellent! So well written. It felt like I was reading a Jo Nesbo novel, but it's even more horrifying in that it's all real!

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Matilda
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I found another Eeyore!!!! Or should I pick another one? Help me pick!!

JoScho They are all really cute! 1y
alanacristin So cute! I'm a sucker for the dalmatians 🐾 1y
Caterina These are adorable! I love the one of Piglet and Pooh together 😍 1y
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Sarah83 I love Winnie Pooh aswell 😍 1y
Bookzombie I‘m partial to Eeyore, but I love the one that looks like Mickey is giving you a hug too. 1y
CouronneDhiver Eeyore! ❤️ 1y
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PirateJenny
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Pickpick

The murder of an English hostess in Japan and the super creepy who was eventually caught and the nutso trial that followed. A good read with some pretty messed up stuff (though not as messed up as The Monster of Florence). #truecrime #bookclub #ballsdeepdivebookclub #crimewritersonpodcast

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Sace
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Here they are! I don't think they are reads I would have picked for myself, but I want to give them a try because I do feel like the bibliologist really paid attention to my answers on the questionnaire. I wonder if my library has any of these. Has anyone read these?

Hoopiefoot I read Cactus and really liked it 😀 1y
Sace @Hoopiefoot I was only able to find People who Eat Darkness at my library. Of the three of them, Cactus is the only one I'd be willing to buy. 1y
Sace @Hoopiefoot Ooo! My library does have cactus (I have to do three separate searches for physical copy, Hoopla copy and cloud library 😒 What a PITA 1y
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CouronneDhiver Ooo - interesting! I thought my bibliogist did a good job following my questionnaire too... and all were books I hadn‘t heard of before. Will you be sticking with it for another quarter? 1y
CaliforniaCay Yes! I read the cactus book too and absolutely loved it 😍 1y
Sace @CouronneDhiver definitely! I'm glad two of the three are available at my library. 1y
Sace @CaliforniaCay I think I'll move it into first place in the TBR 😊 1y
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Leftcoastzen
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Pickpick

I listened to audio mostly in the daylight driving in my car.Lucie Blackman goes to Japan to make some quick money as a hostess in the nightclubs of Tokyo.I mean , Japan is a pretty safe country and the clubs look after the girls, what could go wrong?Meeting the wrong man? The emotional price to the family and the strange Japanese judicial process figure prominently in this dark book of a terrible crime.

Reviewsbylola This has been on my TBR for so long! I need to get to it. 1y
Leftcoastzen @Reviewsbylola It‘s good , but one of the reasons I don‘t do a steady diet of true crime,dark. 1y
BarbaraBB I had it stacked already too. Sounds dark! 1y
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Monica5
Pickpick

A dark story. Learned about Japanese court, which is totally different from America's and Great Britian. Kinda scary.

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m.galehuxley
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I think true crime is going to be my go-to genre for audiobooks.

This book is creepy and well-written so far.

Stacypatrice I have this in my tbr basket 🙃 2y
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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

Though I‘ve been enjoying some #TrueCrime lately, I really struggled getting through this #audiobook- I don‘t think it was due to the performance but maybe more because of the difference in my expectations and the reality of this crime and the unsatisfactory conclusion...

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Godmotherx5
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1️⃣ Ashley Judd
2️⃣I aim for 10:30pm.
3️⃣The tagged book is true crime
4️⃣ Paring knife
5️⃣ Library is closer but I wind up at the store more often.

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

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SubwayBookReview
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Lindsay: “It‘s a dark story about a British woman who goes to Japan to work and pay off her credit card debt. She works as a hostess in the sex industry and ends up being murdered. The problem is that it‘s a white dude writing about a woman‘s life—he‘s coming at this book with a complete outsider perspective. I‘m sure there are plenty of Japanese authors who write about their country but I wouldn‘t even know where to find them.” #newyork

Cedricsmom I dig your review. I have heard similar remarks about other books with the same problem. 2y
Lindsay.Butier This is the most rad review. Made me want to read this and see what the male has got to say! 2y
huongtra Great 2y
KateFulfordAuthor Excellent review 2y
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MiyakoBunny
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Pickpick

3.5🌟🌟🌟.💫I felt as if this book 📖 was a pick more for its information on Japan & the information it gave of the cultural aspects surrounding the case more so than the information it gave on the case itself, which was just okay to be honest. The book could‘ve been edited by a few hundred pages or so where the author vainly inserts himself & unnecessarily goes into some of the family‘s history, but I enjoyed it overall ✌🏼🙃✌🏼

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rachelspelledwrong
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I finally am back to reading this book, I took a break because the story is so dark and messed up... turns out that I missed it. It's insane and terrifying.

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ChelseaM6010
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Day 11 of #MarchMadness
True Crime shelfie.
There's a lot more, this is just a small section that's actually organized 😂

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HyacinthGirl
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Pickpick

Grim & compelling

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akfreeborn
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Pickpick

I don‘t read much true crime but this was interesting with its observations of cultural differences and the justice system in Japan. The “bad guy” is just a creepy old bad guy not an indictment of being Korean or Japanese—just a really sick guy who should have been caught long before murdering Lucie.

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BookEmDana
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Richryan52 @BookEmDana Hi! Welcome to Litsy 2y
BookEmDana Thanks looking forward to a great reading year richryan52 2y
robinb Happy to have you at Litsy! Welcome! 😊 2y
jillannjohn This sounds really interesting. 2y
Stacypatrice This is in my tbr basket 🙃 2y
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Magpiegem
Pickpick

This book was a sad and dark story of a Japanese murderer, the English girl he killed and her family. The author managed to make every character unlikable which is quite a feat! Maybe that was to do with the way the audiobook was read. However it was still a very interesting deep(ish) dive into the Japanese law system and to some extent some parts Japanese culture. I think it is worth a read.

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rachelspelledwrong
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The beginning of my to-read pile for 2018, it's going to get so out of hand I better get started😊

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 2y
Monica5 What's Eat the Evidence about? 1y
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rachelspelledwrong @Monica5 it's a three part series about the real life pedophilic cannibal Nathaneal bar Jonah. It's true crime. 1y
Monica5 @rachelspelledwrong Thanks. I love true crime. I need to see if my library has it. 1y
rachelspelledwrong Look for Eat the Evidence, A Parasite of the Mind, and There is No Body 1y
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Magpiegem

My first (audio) book of the year! I‘ve had a very strange experience learning about the victims life this evening as we worked in exactly the same place...and with some of the same people exactly 10 years apart. Listening to her diary entries was like listening to mine. Very strange and unsettling.

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Quinndm
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"Are we the strong if we name them the weak?"

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stacybmartin
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Is anyone else thinking creepy serial rapist/killer looks like an Elvis wannabe? This book is incredibly creepy and messed up - haven‘t gotten to the end yet but I hope this dude is rotting in jail.

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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Oh Audible sales, you get me every time. #bookhaul #audiobooks #imaddictedandijustcantgetenough

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Julsmarshall
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Mehso-so

Tough read. Dark, gritty, sad. I listened on audio-it was a free offering from the audible library. I think it could have been significantly shorter and I didn't live how the author/journalist inserted himself into the story so I gave it a so-so. I did find the peek into Japanese culture fascinating.

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bookwrm526
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Pickpick

I don't read a lot of true crime, though I'm starting another from this genre now, so maybe that's changing...anyway, I thought this was good, if a bit long-winded in places. I liked the way he arranged the story, giving different perspectives in each section. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterP #LitsyReadingChallenge #LRC8 #over400pages @jessica @BookishMarginalia

LeahBergen This is one I've been meaning to read for ages! 3y
bookwrm526 @LeahBergen me too, and I finally got to it because it was available on the audible channels that you get if you have amazon prime 3y
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bookwrm526
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Most of these reading challenges I can completely #blameitonlitsy! I was already doing the #ReadHarder challenge, but all of these others I only embarked on thanks to you lovely people!!! #marchintoreading

Merethebookgal I'm happy to see #ERMadLibs on there 😊 3y
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bookwrm526
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I spent my day listening to this #nonfictionread on audio and watching the sea lions while my students did an observational project at the zoo. The sea lion exhibit is new and fairly awesome as zoo exhibits go! The scenery didn't exactly match the subject matter, but that's probably a good thing since it's a true crime book about a serial killer #marchintoreading

RealLifeReading Fun day! 3y
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Tonton
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This is a true crime story about an English young woman who was murdered in Tokyo...the Lucie Blackman case. Very well researched and written, especially the culture clashes and choices made. I remember this case because police notes on getting call information from mobile phone was accidentally faxed to my house. Called police and two detectives showed up to pick it up and gave us box of sweets.

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virtual_allison
Pickpick

Interesting meditations on the performance aspect of grief.

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ErisSaid
Pickpick

Dang did this book cover a lot of ground. Sexual politics, misogyny, orientalism, the role of the news media, the particulars of the Japanese court system, and all without it feeling out of place. This is a crime story that remembers to focus on the human side, and tells its story well.

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JPeterson
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Nothing beats a scary non-fiction crime book. When the monsters become real, breathing human beings that you could encounter in every day life, you'll never feel safe.
Lucie Blackman goes to Japan, but never returns. The book goes into why she went to Japan, the possibilities of why she went missing, the discovery of her remains, and what does Joji Obara have to do with this.
#AllHallowsRead #ScaryNonFiction

RanaElizabeth This book was seriously so good. Lots of interesting stuff about Japan and true-crime? That's a winner. 3y
JPeterson @RanaElizabeth It really did go into a lot more background detail that I wasn't expecting, but loved! 3y
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BookishFeminist
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My shelves are full of impulse book purchases, but this is the ultimate #ImpulseBuy. In NYC last year I came across secret books wrapped in brown paper & a short description written on the front. This one was a true crime pick that takes place in Japan. So I bought it on a whim. 📦

I was happy when I unwrapped it because it was already on my TBR. Plus, it's SHINY. You can't tell from the photo well, but the entire cover is dark shiny red. ❤️📕

JoeStalksBeck Just finished this. Creepy as hell 3y
tricours I found it a bit long, but I liked it! I listened to the audiobook. 3y
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BookishFeminist @Book_Addict Score! That makes a good book in my opinion 👌🏼 3y
BookishFeminist @tricours That's good to hear! It seems on the longer side but I don't usually mind that- hope I won't mind it here! 3y
JPeterson This was such a fascinating read. Enjoy! 3y
BookishFeminist @JPeterson Thank you! I'm really looking forward to it. How's it compare to Perfect Days? 😂 3y
JPeterson Still creepy, but more of a "I can't believe this is true, so I'm gonna lock it in another room across the house" creepy, and not so much of throw it in a freezer. As @tricours mention, some of the writing is a bit long-winded (which saves it from the freezer) ? 3y
jessberk13 Did you find those wrapped books at @strandbookstore ? I think they do that. 3y
BookishFeminist @jessica I got this one off a table at the Union Square B&N. It was well after Valentine's Day so I was surprised to see them still doing the secret books thing! 3y
BookishFeminist @JPeterson 😂 glad it doesn't get a freezer trip! Sounds fascinating though. Making me want to pick it up soon especially since fall is around the corner. Love me some true crime and creepiness in the fall. 🍂🍁 3y
Girl_Power Great book!! And I totally agree, fall is all about true crime and creepiness. I have been questing for a new horror book or unputdownable true crime, but I think I've hit most of the good ones... 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power oh no! I might have a few more obscure ones for you to try. Have you read 3y
Girl_Power @BookishFeminist OMG, I would love some suggestions! Yes, I read and very much enjoyed I Remember You. 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power I'll give it a shot at least! This may prove difficult, lol 3y
Girl_Power @BookishFeminist Loved Let the Right One In! Also one of the few books where I thought the movie was quite good, too. I hope you can find one I have not read, as your taste is exactly the same as mine! 3y
Skyler FANTASTIC book! 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power Hahaha this is going to be a fun game I guess 3y
BookishFeminist @Skyler Yes! I'm glad everyone likes this book. It makes me super excited to read it now. 😀 3y
Girl_Power @BookishFeminist Bingo!!!! I never read Julia (loved Ghost Story, though) or The Ring. Really good? 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power I enjoyed them! Been a while though. Just got the ring back out from the library for a reread. 3y
Girl_Power @BookishFeminist Can't wait to try them!!!! Thank you! 3y
BibliOphelia Totally stalking @BookishFeminist 's recs! Love spooky, not so big on true crime. Need to pretend that people aren't evil just to get through the day 😳 3y
LeahBergen I've been wanting to read this one! 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power I hope you enjoy them! Love spooky books 👻 what are your favorites? You've probably got some up your sleeves that I've not heard of or read yet! 3y
BookishFeminist @BibliOphelia Go for it! Plenty more where that came from, too if you find yourself needing some spook 👻 what are your favorites? Maybe you can add to my ever growing TBR. 👍🏼 3y
BookishFeminist @LeahBergen I'll let you know how I like it! It seems like it'll be a lot of fun. If true crime is "fun." ? 3y
Yellowpigeon I love a good true crime and this hit my sweet spot. Such a fascinating case 3y
BookishFeminist 😂😂😂 good morning @Girl_Power 3y
Girl_Power @BookishFeminist Good morning! I left for the beach yesterday and feel bad for not answering your question. Trying to make up for that last time :) 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power 😂😂 no problem! I all of a sudden had 10 notifications and was like what the heck happened? Oh, that's what. 😂 (I don't mind at all- there's a few in here I haven't read true crime-wise) 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power Read a few of these and loved them (The Ruins, Lost Girls, A Head Full of Ghosts), have I'm Thinking of Ending Things on my fall TBR already, and the rest I've heard of & not read yet or haven't heard of. Bravo! 👏🏼👏🏼 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power Have you read Paul Tremblay's newest yet? Or 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power Or Wytches (comic by Scott Snyder), American Vampire (Scott Snyder), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, or 3y
Girl_Power Loved Wytches!!!! 3y
Girl_Power Have not tried Tremblay's newest book...any good? 3y
Girl_Power I heard about The Crow Girl, but the reviews seemed mixed. I love dark and creepy, so perhaps I should try it? So excited about these reviews!! 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power Don't know about Tremblay's newest because I've been saving it for my fall TBR! I have it on good authority that it's good though 😊 3y
BookishFeminist @Girl_Power I haven't tried The Crow Girl yet either (yet another slated for my fall TBR). But I've been really excited about it! Looks creepy as heck. 3y
BibliOphelia Totally second @Girl_Power's I'm Thinking of Ending Things. Am really conflicted about A Head Full of Ghosts, but am really looking forward to his new one. I've been really behind in spooky lately! 3y
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MusingsOnMidlife
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A fascinating glimpse into the dark world of Japanese crime, focusing on the murder of British girl Lucie Blackman. Well researched and highly readable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Liberty I LOVE THIS BOOK. 4y
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Haushinkuh
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Panpan

This was an audio book listen for me, which explains a bit of my struggle, but overall I felt like I couldn't stay interested. I felt like "eating darkness" promised more than this delivered, despite growing to care for Lucie and her family.

Haushinkuh I did think it had some interesting exploration of Japanese culture. Both what outsiders expect, and what it's like in actuality. 4y
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Haushinkuh
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Listening via Audible. The story of Lucy Blackman's murder breaks my heart, but overall the book is not what I expected. And yet I can't place my finger on exactly what it is I had expected. Maybe more mystery? More punches to the gut?