The Servants Of Twilight Essay Research Paper

The Servants Of Twilight Essay, Research Paper

I recently read a mystery novel called The Servants of Twilight by

Dean R. Koontz. Joey Scavello, a six-year-old boy, is the main focus of the

book. His mother, Christine Scavello, owns a gourmet shop in Newport

Beach, California. Together, the two live in Costa Mesa, a city near Los

Angeles. The Church of Twilight, headed by a supposedly psychic woman named

Grace Spivey, is the main force against Joey Scavello. Charlie Harrison is

a private detective who helps the Scavello family evade the clutches of the

members of The Church of Twilight, who are called The Servants of Twilight.

It begins on a sunny afternoon in 1985 in the parking lot of a Costa

Mesa mall. Christine Scavello and her son are walking to their car when an

old woman appears and begins to shout, “He must die!” toward Joey, and

rants the phrase, “Don’t you know what he is?” Later, they see the same

woman outside a window at their house and then she calls them on the phone

several times, again saying that Joey must die. It is then that they decide

to hire a private investigator.

They go to the office of Charlie Harrison and he immediately gives

them two bodyguards and a man to keep watch on their house. A while after

they get home, two men come with guns, invade the house, and kill the

bodyguards. Joey and Christine manage to escape, but know they must go to

another city to be safe. After much research, they find that the people

following them are from The Church of Twilight, lead by the old woman who

confronted them at the mall, Grace Spivey.

Eventually, they travel with Charlie all the way from Los Angeles to the

mountains of Sacramento, trying to get rid of the “Twilighters”. However,

every time they stop in a city to rest, the “Twilighters” show up, again

attempting to kill Joey. Grace Spivey uses her psychic powers to locate the

boy. She believes that six-year old Joey is the antichrist and the son of

the devil. She thinks he will rule the world for a thousand years if she

does not kill him.

The group ends up at Charlie’s cabin in the mountains near Sacramento and

they believe they are safe from the ten members of the church following

them. However, they are wrong, as Spivey and her followers show up for the

final confrontation. It is snowing very heavily, but eventually, Christine

and Charlie are able to kill all of the ten people following them, except

one. Grace Spivey’s closest follower, Kyle Barlowe, turns around to be on

their side. Joey, Christine, and Charlie are all safe after their week-

long trek to escape the demented Grace Spivey and her “Twilighters.”

I related to Charlie the most because I agreed with his opinions and

feelings, which were expressed very deeply in the book. He did not take any

pleasure in killing the members of the Church of Twilight who were

following the group, but did it strictly in defense of Joey and Christine,

who he both came to love. I think it is wrong to kill someone out of

anything but self-defense and it is even worse to take pride or pleasure in

it. Also, he turned his life around after being brought up by abusive

parents, and I believe it is very triumphant for someone to turn around and

help others after such a horrible past.

I would rate this novel as an eight and one-half because it was very

suspenseful and had an intriguing plot. Although I do not think it is the

best work of Dean Koontz, he clearly uses his rich writing skills and vivid

imagination in this book. I would recommend this novel to anyone who

enjoys mystery novels which involve the supernatural.


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