Sunday, August 30, 2009




Not long after his own mother's death, sixteen-year-old Samuel discovers a set of deformed triplets hidden behind closed doors in his sleepy Georgia community. The babies—whose shut-in mother believes they were immaculately conceived and whose menacing brother is a constant threat—take control of Samuel's every waking and sleeping thought. His only escape, he realizes, will be to save the monster children. But to do so, he must rein in his darkest impulses as he undergoes a profound transformation from motherless boy to self-defined man—because sometimes the most terrible monsters are those that live inside us all.


This is a debut novel, and I think we'll be seeing a lot more of Sang Pak. It was hard to come up with solid comments for this book, because in some areas it is excellent. If I were to give it a rating, it would look like this:

writing: 5 out of 5
structure: 3 out of 5
total: 4

The title suggests that the publisher was trying to ride the Twilight craze. I'd love to know the original title. Wait Until Twilight is something I would classify as literary horror, because the horror elements, when they appear, are very strong.
Buy it: Indie Bound

Bill Crider's review


  1. Is literary horror a marketing niche? In a way, it sounds like pairing two difficult markets into one super difficult market. ;) But I would buy that genre! Hell yes!! The novel does sound intriguing.

    I'm reading Josie and Jack by Kelly Braffet. It's a gritty, teenage nod to Flowers in the Attic. I do think that Kelly fell a little victim to the wandering middle. We'll see if she has a big bang at the end.

  2. i have seen literary horror popping up more and more, but i imagine it's always a tough sell. wait until twilight lost track of main plot which is a big pet peeve of mine, but other reviewers didn't seem to have a problem with that aspect of book.

    i FINALLY read flowers in the attic! loved it, but wow. don't think a publishing house would touch that today.