Densely written, thoroughly researched, very objective and (unfortunately) somewhat dull, Richard Lloyd Parry's book on the disappearance of Lucie Blackman is worth reading if the reader is willing to be patient. This reader, sadly, was not able to be as patient as she should have been. The facts are presented, the context is explained, Lucie Blackman exists in fragments of memory and her resulting tragedy, her parents exist as two people who either despise one another or simply can't agree on who's wrong, and the ones Lucie Blackman left behind - her friends, siblings, those who truly knew her - can only describe her in terms that feel distant. By the end, Lucie is a ghost, no longer a real person, she is a memory battled over by the ones left to wonder 'why'. That's the real question left: 'Why? Why did this happen? Why did Lucie Blackman disappear and suffer this death?'If the book was not so thoroughly journalistic (it feels like a case study in How To Write Investigative Journalism), I would highly recommend it, as it does open some doors into contemporary Britain and contemporary Japan, and how these two countries are not what we in America think they are. As it stands, the writing of the book is stiff and somewhat dull.