Title: Wait Until Twilight
Author: Sang Pak
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from the author.
First line: The sun sits flat against the blue sky like someone pressed it on there with a giant thumb.
Wait Until Twilight is the story of Samuel, a teenage boy living in a small town in the South. He lives with his father; his mother died a year ago. When Samuel is looking for an idea for a end-of-the-year video project for his junior art class, his friend takes him to see a woman on the edge of town, a woman who has triplets. The triplets are all deformed, born with physical congenital defects. Samuel becomes obsessed with the triplets, and the thoughts that he has about them are very disturbing to him. When he realizes that the triplets are in danger, Samuel has to decide what kind of man he wants to be.
This coming-of-age novel turned out to be much darker than I expected, much darker than the books I normally read. Pak is a talented writer, and that made some of the more violent scenes all the harder to shake. I held on until the end, though, because I felt so deeply for Samuel, and I wanted him to overcome everything he had against him. Ultimately, I’m glad I read it, and I will be interested in seeing what Pak writes in the future.