Brilliant, haunting, breathtakingly suspenseful, Night Film is a superb literary thriller by the New York Times best-selling author of the "blockbuster debut" (People) Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than 30 years.
For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.
Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.
The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.
Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense to the final minute.
©2013 Marisha Pessl (P)2013 Random House Audio
Probably. Everyone deserves a second chance. Jake Weber was great. He did a very good job of distinguishing each character.
None. They were all good.
I really enjoyed the book and the characters, but the story went nowhere.
Yes, I would recommend this book. The book is an intelligent witty thriller. Why did Ashley Cordova commit suicide? What secrets does her family hold? What is the truth behind her father's notorious films? With humor and horror, Marisha Pessi lets her tale unfold. The books main characters, an unlikely trio allied to find the truth of Ashley's suicide, traverse a dark landscape littered with witchcraft, dangerous films, curses, cancers, and secrets.
Nora, the coat check girl and would be actress, gives the story its heart.
My favorite scene is when our chief detective and investigative reporter makes a journey through Cordova's films via the warehouse and green house on the palatial estate of the filmmaker. It's a nightmare journey. Did it really happen? Draw your own conclusions.
Hopper's revelations about a drowning at a camp for troubled youth.
This was a very good thriller/mystery. The characters were interesting and there was a lot of eerie atmosphere and intriguing characters. i especially liked the plot twists at the end.
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
Hallelujah!!! Jake Weber's narration has cured my insomnia. It might not have been all that bad had this tale not become less interesting as it went on . . . and, trust me, it went on and on and on . . .
I've seen stories survive bad narrators before but, unfortunately, Night Film isn't one of those!
I like spooky stories, the multimedia attempt, the various references. That said, this book felt, as did the author's previous work, like a bit of a "tryhard" attempt at newness, rawness, "hipness." I don't like feeling the author working away at her cleverness- I want to forget her while I'm involved in the story, and stand back and marvel afterwards.
I suppose the mystery kept me interested- I wanted to see where she was going with all of this- whether it would be a realistic narrative or would veer into the supernatural.
I don't know, but I do know this- Weber has a great, deep voice that worked for the main character, but when he tried to do women or just about anyone else, he veered into some awful territory. It seems his idea of "other man" is "very slow-speaking southerner" and his idea of "woman" is "weirdly breathy slow speaker." Seriously. The SLOWNESS. At first I thought the characters were supposed to be disabled in some way. And why so many Southern accents in New York?
I did a lot of walking while listening to it, so that was pretty great, fitness-wise.
I would love to know if others felt like I did about Weber's performance. It drove me nuts.
This book was very interesting but also very disturbing. The whole story drew me in and I was never quite sure what was about to happen... then I realized that probably the author doesn't know what was going to happen... then it got back on track... kind of. If you want a book that gives you a definitive ending with all the answers, this is not the book for you. This book is scary in the way that makes you question the human mind and wonder how people can think this stuff up. The concept of the story is really really good but
I think a lot of fluff was added to try to make you scared, if you are uncomfortable with any black magic themes I would not listen to this book. I feel like it got lost a little bit toward then end when the author realized that there was no good way to end the mystery without it becoming lame. Instead he opts to just confuse you more and hope that the mystery keeps you intrigued. It kept me intrigued but I didn't think too hard about it and just enjoyed the story without questioning the things that didn't wrap up neatly.
Excellent and twisting story, good narration
Yes. I like the echoes from the Magus ... is there a conspiracy, what and who can you trust, and what does that mean about life ...
Well down for both male and female voices, though shaky sometimes on accents
Very creepy story that kept me interested during the first 2/3 of the book. Like others have suggested, I think the story could have been much better with editing. Loved her first book, but this one was a disappointment. Maybe less research that needs to be shared next time?
Girl Gone because it keeps you guessing.
To many to have just one.
Scott...It's his view
If the measure of literary fiction is abusing participial clauses and opting for the word "indicate" when "point (out)" would do just as well--both marks of stilted prose--then this would be literary fiction. The story also suffered from a very flimsy plot entirely grounded on a stalker of a protagonist (definitely not a hero) so paranoid and egocentric that he sees connections where they are none and who is ready to go to any length for the sake of a story that he has largely made up in his deranged mind (so it does delve deep into the psyche of the protagonist and as such qualifies as psychological fiction, I suppose). The title also needs far better character development to qualify as good fiction, literary or otherwise. Coyote's impressive vocabulary was completely at odds with her background and thick accent.
The only redeeming factor of this title was the narrator (who was so perfect as Mr. DuBois!). Had it not been for Mr. Weber's soothing voice, I could have never finished this overhyped mess of a story.
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