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
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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.
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.
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.
He's done what he could.
No, thank you.
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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