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Night Film: A Novel | [Marisha Pessl]

Night Film: A Novel

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 thirty years.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, August 2013 - I don’t often find myself interested in literary psychological thrillers, but the early buzz on Night Film – a dark novel by Marisha Pressl (of Special Topics in Calamity Physics fame) – was enough to pique my interest. It’s been a long time since I’ve read something that’s legitimately creeped me out, and this novel opens with a ghost story that set the tone. I’ve only just started reading the book, and it already feels like something bad is lurking on the every page. Scott McGrath is a shamed journalist who takes a new interest in an old case when his former subject’s daughter turns up dead at the bottom of an abandoned building’s elevator shaft. The book hinges on Scott’s investigation into the victim’s family, particularly her reclusive filmmaking father, who put Scott out of business in the first place. It’s an absolutely chilling page-turner and will be even more frightening in audio. —Chris, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2013 Marisha Pessl (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Irene Brighton, CO, United States 09-28-13
    Irene Brighton, CO, United States 09-28-13 Member Since 2003

    Love books! Can't imagine a day without reading and listening.

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    "Tedious"

    I enjoyed Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Pessl's first book, and intended to enjoy Night Film. Sounded creepy and mysterious. I did enjoy the main characters who had clear, distinct and interesting personalities. The narration was good, but perhaps a little melodramatic for my taste. The story, though, was wandering and nebulous, although all the details seemed very well researched and might have been intriguing After listening for 23 hours, the plot just didn't jell for me. The book centers on an investigative journalist and his two quirky associates looking into the death of a reclusive horror film director's daughter. These three characters along with a whole cast of supportive characters were well written, dialog was believable, and motivation was acceptable. I listened clear to the end, hoping something definitive would happen, but nothing ever did. Ultimately, just boring, repetitive and disappointing. Not worth a credit.

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    09-22-13
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    "No Daphne du Maurier"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to a friend who is not too demanding a reader. Characters are mostly one-dimensional, they lack complexity, with the sketchy exception of the main character. The plot is also way too simple and straightforward for my taste.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Actually, if it had ended some 2 hours earlier, it wouldn't have made much difference, at least for me. I expected this kind of ending, though I hoped, for the authors' sake, that she will not fall for such a clichè and will come up with something that would save the day (end of the book).
    The thrill of ambiance, so brilliantly mastered by Daphne du Maurier, is just not there.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He's done what he could.


    Do you think Night Film needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, thank you.


    Any additional comments?

    Quite annoying for me was that the name "Kurdova" had been used for a male character. The east-european or Russian surnames ending "-a" imply a woman (eg. Pavlova, Kurnikova) and woman only, no exceptions. Maybe it was deliberate, maybe it was a lack of knowledge. It was like remembering all the time, that mum in fact is dad..

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