Book Review: Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak

waituntiltwilightTitle: Wait Until Twilight
Author: Sang Pak
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Publisher: Harper
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.

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13 Responses to Book Review: Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak

  1. Stephanie says:

    I have this book in my TBR pile. I think it sounds very interesting, so hopefully I get to it soon.
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  2. I’ve read an excerpt of this book and it sounded like it could get deeply disturbing (the excerpt gave me the creeps), so I wasn’t sure it was for me, but it also sounded very intriguing! From your review, I’m kinda glad I passed on it though, as I don’t do really dark either.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Avis – It was definitely a lot darker than I expected. He’s really a talented author, though, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for his next book.

  3. Kathy says:

    This does sound like a darkly, disturbing book. I couldn’t read it this time of year.
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  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I’m all for disturbing. I’d hear so many intriguing reviews on this book that I think I may have to read it.
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  5. Thank you for your great review, Carrie. I’ve been wondering about this one but hadn’t really known much about it. I’ll have to look for it.
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  6. Orchid says:

    This book was a trip! In a good way. I love this new author and I can’t wait for another project from him. He’s different and it’s very refreshing. I’ve been looking for something new and this was it!

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  8. May Jaca says:

    i will watch every sequel of Twilight because i find this movie so good. the graphics is good, the cast is good and of course the storyline is great.