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Invisible Darkness: The Strange Case Of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka Mass Market Paperback


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055356854X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553568547
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The horrifying sex murders committed in southern Ontario by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka caught the attention of the media and public of Canada like few, if any, cases in that country's history. Readers of either of the two previous books about the case (Deadly Innocence and Lethal Marriage) may be skeptical that another retelling is necessary, but Invisible Darkness benefits from Stephen Williams's prodigious research and his unique perspective on Karla's culpability. Williams had to jump several legal hurdles unique to Canada's "Crown disclosure" protocols, but eventually was able to gain access to more than 70 hours of videotaped police interviews with Karla, interviews with Paul by his defense attorney, and even psychiatrist's notes. Williams uses vivid vignettes to tell the story, and refrains from unnecessarily graphic details about the crimes. As the Winnipeg Free Press writes, "If any readers still believe [Homolka] was a victim of post-traumatic stress, abused into submission by Bernardo, this will put that idea to rest."

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"By far the most intelligent and subversive of the Bernardo triptych." -- Lynn Crosbie, The Globe and Mail, Dec. 1997

"I found Invisible Darkness a superior example of a dying breed the straight, unhyped, literate work of true-crime." -- Jack Olsen, Edgar-Award winning author of "Son" and "Doc," Jan, 1999

"If any readers still believe she was a victim of post-traumatic stress, abused into submission by Bernardo, this book will put that idea to rest." -- Ted Wakefield, The Winnipeg Free Press, Sep. 1996

"Invisible Darkness offers up Karla Homolka, 17 years old at the time she met Paul Bernardo, as a Devil Incarnate just waiting to meet her Svengali." -- Maggie Siggins, The Globe and Mail, Aug. 1996

"Readers will leave Invisible Darkness knowing that it's nothing short of obscene.....Homolka could be out of prison as early as next year." -- Leonard Stern,The Ottawa Citizen, Sep. 1996

"There is much in this book of merit....He begins intriguingly....with a nun waking up to see a pert Karla Homolka sitting in bed beside her....One moment in the book, Bernardo and Homolka are two suburbanites...caught up in their own melodramas, the next moment they're raping teenagers and severing heads." -- Pete McMartin, The Vancouver Sun, Aug. 1996

"This book lets it all hang out....You can't help but be drawn in by this tale of sex, death, lies and videotape...." -- Helen Dolik, The Calgary Herald, Sep. 1996

"Williams has performed a remarkable, if unconventional, feat in the annals of true crime." -- Judge Lynn King, The Toronto Star, Sep. 1996

"You may think you've heard enough but you haven't heard the half of it. It's a must read ....Based on court documents....as well as countless interviews with police, lawyers, psychiatrists and friends of Paul and Karla, it is well-researched and thought-provoking." -- Bart Johnson, The Edmonton Sun, Sep. 1996

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Well written, pretty detailed, so reader beware.
Froggirl
I read a lot of true crime and this one rates up there with one of the most horrifying stories I have ever read.
David M. Fitzpatrick
He often jumped around, and made you feeling a little confused, like "What in the hell is he talking about?"
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By mystuff on May 21, 2001
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Unlike some of the other books about Paul and Karla Bernardo, this book balances the facts, and the blame for the horrific murders, fairly.
The story seems to be told from an unbiased point of view and delves into the early lives of both Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo offering the reader a greater insight into the minds of these two coldblooded killers.
The book is a disturbing read because it deals with horrendous crimes but in my opinion, it is the best of the books written to date about this deadly duo.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2002
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The story of the monstrous Paul Bernardo and his disgusting and self-serving psychopathic wife Karla Homolka is enough to gag a maggot and send readers screaming for a series of scalding showers. The story itself is so nauseating, so repulsive, that it almost begs the question of why anyone would even want to write it down.
Nevertheless, if you can stomach the facts of the case (and many will not be able to do so) this is a well-written, clear and disinterested piece of reporting. I don't remember when I have been as repelled by a couple of perps as by these two. Particularly engaging is the elegant frou-frou wedding in upscale Niagara-on-the-Lake, which Homolka forced on her parents even as they grieved the death of their young daughter whom the bride and groom had killed just months before in one of their squirrely, drug-fueled sex games.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2003
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I have read many, many books on true crime and this one of the MOST disturbing, perplexing cases I have heard of. This story brought tears to my eyes especially in the chapters that focus (in full graphic detail)on the rapes and torture of these young girls.If they were still alive today these girls would be about a year or 2 younger then me and I can't help but think of my younger self in the early 1990's. My heart was literally breaking for these families, at many points I had to put the book down because I felt it was revealing too much....but tragically it is all to true... Even after finishing this book I am still thinking about these 3 beautiful lives that were ended by the pure evil of others.I cannot imagine the jury and prosecuters having to watch these tapes.I feel Stephen Williams does an excellent job in portraying Karla AND Paul as equally responsible in their crimes..I mean HOW much can someone make YOU do???? To rape your sister? Molest and rape 2 girls? To help dismember a body?...yes Karla may have been abused but does that excuse her in abusing others????I felt that some other books on the case were more sympathetic to Karla yet Williams stays more factual and allows us to see the whole scope of this horrific crime...I do have to warn: NOT for the faint of heart...it is compelling and emotional
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on March 7, 2003
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This is the second book I've read in the Bernardo/Homolka series. Deadly Innocence was the other one I read, and found it to be a chilling account, extremely well written and comprehensive. Invisible Darkeness wasn't as well-written and comprehensive. It seemed like Williams had written up a bunch of notes and then just stuck them all together haphazardly. As a writer, I had some problems with grammar and structure in this book. Williams is not a great writer by any means. Sometimes I found myself shaking my head wondering what the heck he was talking about.
However, what I did love about this book was the fine detail and how it told the truth about Karla. The other books kind of painted her as the victim. She was not a victim, she was one of the perps. Williams was very clear in pointing that out. While the other book sometimes glossed over the details, this book got down to the nitty-gritty. Very difficult to read. I thought Deadly Innocence told the whole story, but this book told so much more. For example, the truth about Karla's parents and how nutty they were. The night Tammy Lyn died, they went to bed and had sex??? They gave Karla a going away BBQ party before she went off to jail? I mean, how morbidly inappropriate are these people? It just gave me the sense that they had NO conscience, no morals, no sense of right and wrong at all. Sick sick people. They just DO NOT CARE. I also found it very frustrating that the cops had all this evidence on Paul during the Scarbourough rapes, the plate numbers on his car and everything, and he was never arrested.
I guess I am fascinated with this case because it happened in Canada. And Leslie and Kristen were 15 in 1991 just like I was. I could have gone to school with them. They could have been my friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Hicks on December 11, 2002
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I have to say, every review here urged me even further toward buying this book, so I finally did and I don't regret one second spent on reading it either. Absolutely wonderful. I have been a true crime buff ever since I was around 11-12 years old, when I used my allowance each week to purchase True Detective magazines, True Crime Story magazines, True Story magazines, etc.... I read the first magazine and I was hooked totally. As I grew up, I went on to books, instead of just magazines, and I must say, I probably couldn't stop if I wanted to, I don't think..ha!
This couple is absolutely disgusting and what they did, absolutely horrible. Of course, we have had worse here in the US, but maybe that is what drew me to this story, that it actually happened somewhere else besides in the USA. No, we aren't the only country to have such gruesome murders, or killers. These people deserve to spend the rest of their lives in prison, never to see freedom again, and this includes Karla. I cannot believe that it is possible she could get out early. She best be afraid, from what I have read about all of this, and her case. She probably won't be very safe after all they have done, just to be honest!! She should be scared stiff. Not only that, I have no doubt that she is a true crazy, sick-o, and would probably do this again if she hooked up with someone like herself again. She should never be allowed to leave prison, in my opinion, and is just as guilty as Paul. 100%!! I highly recommend this book and can hardly wait to read the others on this case. I plan to get the hard cover edition with all the photo's also.
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