I didn't like any of the characters. I found the story unbelievable, too long and too much information. I read this for a book club and would not have purchased it otherwise.
I don't typically listen to books twice. That's not the way I'm wired. A great book is hard to predict, its characters are unique but relatable and the story does a few things you didn't see coming. Night Film, along with maybe King's The Stand is going on my read-it-one-more-time list. Bravo, Pessel.
I rarely feel moved to write reviews, but I have to disagree on this one. I feel like the pages of glowing reviews need a voice of dissension. This book was so slow and contrived, the characters so flat and disagreeable that I actually could not even finish it. That is nearly a first for me, but at 10 plus hours in I found myself so completely apathetic to the "thrilling mystery" of Ashley's death that I could not go on. You could say that I turned my eyes away from the beautiful, deathly, sovereignty of life's cruel underbelly or whatever, I think I just gave up on a bad book. In fact, I wish I had given up way sooner.
This is one of the most remarkable performances I've encountered since I started listening to audiobooks. Jake Weber has convinced me that the superior experience of this book is as an audiobook. He is truly gifted.
It was different. I'm not into magic, but there were fascinating twists.
It kept me engrossed. There were times that I wished this wasn't a piece of fiction because I wanted to see Cordova's films. Great storytelling!
Living is easy with eyes closed... and headphones on.
Probably one of the best, if not the best. I absolutely LOVED it. Had to pace myself quite from the start, constantly fearing it's coming to its end soon.
Yes, it is a creepy, and at times, a surreal mystery. It was built so well, I honestly couldn't stop thinking about it. Definitely mesmerizing. When not reading it, all I thought about was this audiobook. I was never into mystery books (weakness for horror and sci-fi) but I am definitely now.
All of them were just amazing! What a ride - through the loneliest, dark and abandoned places and human psyche, that ironically can sometimes even be found in a lively busy city like Manhattan. The end felt a little like the author gave several options, or several endings, consecutively, instead of just choosing one - but that is my only complaint, if any. But otherwise, I was sooo involved in it, I kept thinking in my head, telling the characters "No! Don't do that! Don't go there! Are you crazy?". I love being scared but unfortunately, I don't scare easily. Really riveting. Images easily flew in my head. Funny thing is, now that I finished it, wherever I look I see someone, some object or some place that instantly floods my brain in how it would have fit in the Night Film world. I guess that's why they call it the Cordova withdrawal... Descriptions were amazing, and I felt deeply involved throughout the entire journey.
Hopper. Although, all of them were stunning. Feels like real people I got to know. I've gone to miss them now...
Breathtaking, grabs you in and holds you tight, just right :) It has been a long, LONG time for me since I enjoyed a book this much. I had severe difficulties putting this one down, and trust me, I put many, many books/audiobooks down. It will distract you from your life, and I suggest not beginning it if you have something serious going on. I messed up on a few exams in graduate school because I couldn't care less if the world had just ended, i just had to listen to this book!! Consider yourself warned...
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
Ms. Pessi really spins a good yarn. The story moves along, and really holds one's attention. The characters are interesting and realistic. It was the same in her first novel. Also the same as her first novel, as much as I enjoyed the story, I was disappointed in the ending. It seemed a little far fetched and contrived to me.
As several reviewers mentioned (read their reviews way too far into my listening) this book suffers from a lethal lack of editing. What could have been an average but entertaining 6-10 hour story is a 22 hour monstrosity of mediocrity. I sufffer from a stupid need to find out "how it ends" and so I listened to this entire rambling, shambling, shuffling concept of a mystery, and was so irritated by the experience I am writing my first review. I have no idea how this book got the positive ratings it did. The author spends a huge amount of time trying to build this sense of dark, intense intrigue about this film maker character and his eccentric and possibly evilly disturbed actions. I found I really didn't care about any of these characters-the film maker, his tragedy of a daughter whom the entire quest revolves around, or any of the "detectives" that assist the protaganist on his baffling quest for I am not sure what, even at the end of the 22 hours. Seriously. I do not know what he was looking for. A story? That's how poorly this thing is pieced together. Several points of sublime irritation came when the author summarily dumps a couple main characters after their adventure to the spooky mansion/estate. I was never quite sure why these characters were interested in this guy to begin with, but the author insisted they were so I accepted them in our little story world. And then apparently they got bored or tired or disenfranchised in some way and bailed, to be seen only in a brief reunion where none of the information they were so passionately seeking was even a topic of discussion. Wow.
I suppose it is a positive thing to say this woman makes me want to write a mystery, because if this is what gets rave reviews, I'm a Pulitzer winner in the making.
Save yourself the headache, the money and the 22 hours and grab a Stephen King or a Jack Reacher or the new JK Rowling under whatever name. Infinitely more satisfying on every level.
Liked how well it was all woven together. Got a bit slow during one part but overall a really interesting book.