This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Oh my lord I like to boast about America doing things bigger and better but you aren t playing around with your serial killers, Canada I first heard about Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka from my husband who gave me the basics of the story which of course led to a wikipedia rabbit hole situation and eventually led to me reading Stephen Williams s classic work about the couple, the crimes, and all that those involve The book is a narrative written in HIGHLY GRAPHIC play by play detail from acco Oh my lord I like to boast about America doing things bigger and better but you aren t playing around with your serial killers, Canada I first heard about Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka from my husband who gave me the basics of the story which of course led to a wikipedia rabbit hole situation and eventually led to me reading Stephen Williams s classic work about the couple, the crimes, and all that those involve The book is a narrative written in HIGHLY GRAPHIC play by play detail from accounts, letters, and the infamous videotapes I read parts of the book out loud to my husband when I was extra grossed out only to see him almost gag in horror Go away if you don t want to be spoiled.Further.Keep going.OK These puppies are sick Like HER OWN SISTER I am horrified just thinking about it And just everything I mean, I sent my husband a text that was slightly in jest but honestly, I knew that Paul Bernardo was a fucking monster when I read that the person he looked up to and wanted to most be like was Vanilla Ice Yes Vanilla Ice Like, you can t make this shit up.And Karla, well, yeah I knew she was sick as soon as she began encouraging her boyfriend to rape women Oh and when she offered up her 15 year old virgin sister as a wedding present to Paul Oh and like a bunch of other girls she did this to Oh and the fact that the thing most upsetting about one of the rape murders was that Paul and one of their victims drank from the couple s special champagne glasses I mean I am spinning off the planet here In conclusion, actual monsters in Niagara here, people Oh and in case you were wondering the cops are as useless as ever Invisible Darkness is a thoroughly researched, balanced look at the horrifying case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka Expertly drawn, with compassion for the victims, the book draws on voluminous research and court documents unavailable until now Williams details the incredible coincidences and mistakes that allowed Paul and Karl to elude detection for so many years For instance, had Paul Bernardo s DNA been tested immediately when he was questioned as the Scarborough Rapist, instead of sitting on a crowded shelf in the forensic lab for two years, he would have gone on trial for that series of attacks rather than the murders of the three young women he and his lovely bride went on to rape and kill Despite the efforts of the Metropolitan Toronto and Niagara Region Police forces, not to mention the vast amounts of money spent on the special Green Ribbon Task Force, Paul Bernardo almost got away He could even have been freed after arrest and questions, given that he was not allowed to call a lawyer during his lengthy initial interrogation Invisible Darkness tells the whole story behind Canada s Ken and Barbie killers and raises many important questions about freedom of the press, the right of the public to have full access to the courts and Karla s much discussed deal with the Attorney General and police Just as fascinating as the legal aspects of the story is Williams penetrating look at the characters and backgrounds of these two beautiful, seemingly successful young people What on earth could have driven a young preppy accountant and his beautiful fianc to such depths of cruelty and depravity, including the murder of Karla s own sister Was it in fact Karla who actually killed one or of the victims Rather than a victim of battered woman s syndrome as portrayed by the Attorney General in justifying the deals, Karla is shown here to be at least as sadistic and twisted as her male counterpart The stunning result of than three years of research and interviews with police officers, eye witnesses, friends, enemies, psychiatrists and lawyers involved with the cases, Invisible Darkness is sure to become a classic study of a criminal spree that has riveted people all over the world since the perpetrators were discovered tried The fact that Karla was released from jail, free and clear, in , married her lawyer s brother and now has three small children makes an already tragic and unique tale of murder and mayhem even haunting Karla now divides her time between the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe and Montreal, Quebec and lives virtually anonymously gives Invisible Darkness and the back story about how and why Karla got the deal she did ever resonant Read attentively There is far here than meets the eye WHAT THE REVIEWERS SAID ABOUT INVISIBLE DARKNESS The True Crime genre is, in the hands of artists like Truman Capote and Stephen Williams, a kind of poetry, a kind of austere grand guignol, exuding gaudy horror George Elliott Clarke, HALIFAX HERALD CHRONICLE By far the most intelligent and subversive of the Bernardo triptych Lynn Crosbie, GLOBE AND MAIL Williams has performed a remarkable, if unconventional, feat in the annals of true crime Judge Lynn King, TORONTO STAR I found Invisible Darkness a superior example of a dying breed the straight, un hyped, literate work of true crime Jack Olsen, Edgar Award winning author of SON and DOC You may think you ve heard enough but you haven t heard the half of it It s a must readBased on court documents I decided to read another true crime story and this one popped up on my recommendation so I picked it up It was a few years back when I learned about Karla and Paul in my favorite crime site which is no longer available I was engrossed from first page up to the last With the very intriguing story, it delves into the early lives of both Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, how they grew up, their family background, their troubled childhoods Giving the readers a grater insights into the minds of I decided to read another true crime story and this one popped up on my recommendation so I picked it up It was a few years back when I learned about Karla and Paul in my favorite crime site which is no longer available I was engrossed from first page up to the last With the very intriguing story, it delves into the early lives of both Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, how they grew up, their family background, their troubled childhoods Giving the readers a grater insights into the minds of these two cold blooded killers.This book also contains graphic details of the crimes and some of them were videotaped My heart break for the family of their victims for knowing what their daughters went through in the hands of Karla and Paul And I was saddened, and sickened with the knowledge that Karla didn t get the sentence she deserved Overall, this book was a great read because Stephen Williams is an excellent writer and he did a great job with this one though this book is not an easy read It just did not seem possible that such a well educated, well adjusted, congenial young man like Paul Bernado could be responsible for such horrible crimesIt s the same old story The cops were incompetant I ve read a lot of true crime books and too often the authorities make stupid mistakes reports don t get filed, leads aren t investigated, DNA samples aren t tested for two years I m not an investigator so maybe it s easier said than done but i wonder how many of these true crimeIt just did not seem possible that such a well educated, well adjusted, congenial young man like Paul Bernado could be responsible for such horrible crimesIt s the same old story The cops were incompetant I ve read a lot of true crime books and too often the authorities make stupid mistakes reports don t get filed, leads aren t investigated, DNA samples aren t tested for two years I m not an investigator so maybe it s easier said than done but i wonder how many of these true crime books would have been written without the mistakes of the cops.I d like to think i m a hard person to gross out The Jeffrey Dahmer book shocked me and the state of Sharon Tate s corpse wasn t nice to read about but i wasn t grossed out or sickened This book, however, broke me The crimes are grim, disgusting, depraved and every other evil perverted word you can think of Despite the content the book was very well written There s a lull in the middle but it picks up toward the end This isn t something i would recommend unless you have a stomach made of iron This book is really infuriating, actually, because Homolka, who was probablyculpable than Bernardo and should have spent the rest of her life in a supermax uh, hello, she helped rape and kill her own sister , got away with a relative slap on the wrist because the authorities were too goddamn stupid to believe that a woman could be anything but a poor innocent abused victim of a man Last I looked, she was out of prison, remarried, with a kid of her own That should scare the hell out of This book is really infuriating, actually, because Homolka, who was probablyculpable than Bernardo and should have spent the rest of her life in a supermax uh, hello, she helped rape and kill her own sister , got away with a relative slap on the wrist because the authorities were too goddamn stupid to believe that a woman could be anything but a poor innocent abused victim of a man Last I looked, she was out of prison, remarried, with a kid of her own That should scare the hell out of anyone reading this, trust me Gotta love those gender stereotypes, yessir It is very difficult to write a true crime novel in this day and age without having it be sensationalist, and I won t go so far as to say that Williams has achieved Helter Skelter levels of journalistic integrity with Invisible Darkness, but the fact of the matter is that for true crime, this is a well written piece The case itself is fascinating from the get go, and the author pulls no punches as he narrates the compelling depravity from as far back as he could reach I ve read hundreds of boo It is very difficult to write a true crime novel in this day and age without having it be sensationalist, and I won t go so far as to say that Williams has achieved Helter Skelter levels of journalistic integrity with Invisible Darkness, but the fact of the matter is that for true crime, this is a well written piece The case itself is fascinating from the get go, and the author pulls no punches as he narrates the compelling depravity from as far back as he could reach I ve read hundreds of books in the genre and something about this one will always place it in my top ten list Disturbing Period I d never read it again and want it out of my house as soon as possible It s not the author or the writing It s the subject matter and how Karla Homolka was given a slap on the wrist for being a sick, twisted, incestuous pedophile rapist Her family is sick as well and seem completely out of touch with reality It scares me to think there are people like Karla and her family that walk among us She has been released and is married and has children I can t figure out who wo Disturbing Period I d never read it again and want it out of my house as soon as possible It s not the author or the writing It s the subject matter and how Karla Homolka was given a slap on the wrist for being a sick, twisted, incestuous pedophile rapist Her family is sick as well and seem completely out of touch with reality It scares me to think there are people like Karla and her family that walk among us She has been released and is married and has children I can t figure out who would marry a women like her Perhaps he is just a sick and twisted I fear for her children and any one else who comes in contact with this woman and her family Unlike Burnside and Cairns attempt to play the journalistic integrity card yet still try to tell this story, Williams chooses not only to forgo the Crown s publication ban and lay out every disgusting detail of the crimes but also every disgusting detail of the unholy shitshow of a police investigation that followed Trust me You know absolutely nothing about Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo if you ve not read this book What I love about it most, however, is Williams Capote esque writing st Unlike Burnside and Cairns attempt to play the journalistic integrity card yet still try to tell this story, Williams chooses not only to forgo the Crown s publication ban and lay out every disgusting detail of the crimes but also every disgusting detail of the unholy shitshow of a police investigation that followed Trust me You know absolutely nothing about Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo if you ve not read this book What I love about it most, however, is Williams Capote esque writing style This man has been dragged through the Canadian courts multiple times, charged withcrimes than Karla and Paul together, and shunned by traditional tabloid crime journalists for his unwavering determination to tell the whole story despite publication bans and the hurt feelings of inept investigators and solicitors Yet unlike the typical true crime rags with the gory pictures in the middle the murderabilic equivalent of Harlequin romance novels Williams is able to maintain his literary integrity by giving us a full cast of characters Not only does he outline all the major and minor players in the initial investigations, indictments, and hearings, but he develops these characters fully and honestly in order to tell the parallel story of the ineptitude, ulterior motivation, and, at times, downright stupidity of almost every single decision made by anyone with an inkling of authority Clearly, Williams would be reviled by his peers for having access to information they did not and writing about it not without impunity , but it also only makes sense that he would be reviled by the entire Green Ribbon Task Force and the Canadian Correctional system for exposing their true deal with a devil that never needed to be made in the first place My only problem with Williams Dude you need to let go of non sequitur I know, I know As a wannabe writer, I have my secret crushes on phrases and words, but if you were paid by the number of times you used that phrase, you d be able to pay all your court costs and debt and retire to Montserrat yourself Luvs I reluctantly give this book 5 stars How can I really rate this book when I ve never read any others on the case Anyway, from what I gleaned from it, I really enjoyed kind of reading it I am not going to bother explaining what the book is about By now, you probably know Rather I ll just make a few short comments.Only kind of because there were times when the book was a bit heavy to read Many of the reviewers complain of graphic deal That is complete and utter nonsense Or perhaps I have I reluctantly give this book 5 stars How can I really rate this book when I ve never read any others on the case Anyway, from what I gleaned from it, I really enjoyed kind of reading it I am not going to bother explaining what the book is about By now, you probably know Rather I ll just make a few short comments.Only kind of because there were times when the book was a bit heavy to read Many of the reviewers complain of graphic deal That is complete and utter nonsense Or perhaps I have been completely desensitized It would be different if we were actually visually seeing the tapes that Karla and Paul made Anyway, what I mean by heavy is that it is just a lot to take in for me I would read many pages per day It was extremely interesting, but I had a limit I d prefer to try and stay positive.The end of the book will make you want to throw it in a fire or against a wall You may, in fact, feel conflicted because you ll be awkwardly rooting for Paul Bernardos defense attorney Overall, don t read this book unless you are really, really fascinated by this particular case I am and it was worth my time I clearly remember what led up to these two monsters being arrested I remember how the media was not allowed to write anything about what happened in court or anything to do with what these two did In Canada that is In the USA books were written that gave evengraphic descriptions of the crimes they committed agains three young women, Karla s sister included I followed, as much as possible , what was going on during the trial I was outraged, like many other people, to find that there w I clearly remember what led up to these two monsters being arrested I remember how the media was not allowed to write anything about what happened in court or anything to do with what these two did In Canada that is In the USA books were written that gave evengraphic descriptions of the crimes they committed agains three young women, Karla s sister included I followed, as much as possible , what was going on during the trial I was outraged, like many other people, to find that there were videos of their crimes that were not included into evidence till much later By then plea bargains had been made I was outraged again , like other people, to hear the punishments these monsters got This book tells it all It is disturbing, it is frightening that there are people out there like this It is outrageous how our justice system works Though I found the book very disturbing I could not put it down Because I wanted to know what happened, why these young women had to die, why both monsters were not in prison for life It is really sad to see what society has come to And what can be gotten away with