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
Being lead on for so long.
The narrator was good.
Stupidity, plus, going through the property, Booooring. If you got to meet some of the characters the story revolved around "Somewhere" along the way it might have been more tolerable. You were just lead on a wild goose chase to "nowhere."
A grown man hanging with two kids was dumb. A guy wasting his time trying to redeem himself for What??? An ex-wife that had no purpose in the story, and a daughter who, as well, served no purpose. I'd think he was a bad father too.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
Wow, what a ride. If I did not have to sleep I would have listened to this extraordinary mystery/thriller, (with a movie literature relation), without interruption.
Scott McGrath a disgraced journalist that can't help himself, reopens his investigation into the story that destroyed his career/ life years before. Scott must get to the bottom of an anonymous phone call that started the original investigation of Cordova, a snuff film producer, director. The caller insinuated that Cordova, a recluse, may be actually hurting children or worse for his films. Eight years, and two hundred and fifty thousand dollars retribution later the suicide of Cordova's daughter draws Scott back onto an almost deliberate path that leads him staight to a dark rabbit hole that he had luckily avoided the first time. Scott is pulled into a sinister mystery behind fame, excess, obsession, cult, private sex clubs, murder, witchcraft, black voodoo magic, etc..... Quoting the Cheshire Cat, "we're all mad here".
During his investigation he comes across two very unlikely characters that insist on taking the path with him: a drug and alcohol addicted charmer and a homeless young wannabe actress. As the story unfolds the circumstances leading up to the young girls suicide start to help them understand the whole big, inconceivable picture.
The narrator did an excellent job, I felt connected with the characters and did not get tired of his voice at all during the twenty three hour listen. This book is a great twisted thriller that has ups and downs galore. Just when you think..........? Don't.. Highly recommend.
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.
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If you're planning to buy this book regardless of reviews, don't read this; I don't want to prejudice your listening experience. You may do just fine.
I was looking forward to this book so much; I loved Special Topics and really enjoyed Marisha Pessl's writing style. I've stopped halfway through this book, however, and can't go further (though I would like to know the ending). The story is good. The writing, however, is not. Because this is a detective noir novel, perhaps the author wrote this way on purpose, but the writing to me is hackneyed and cliched, with clunky dialogue. The characters take far too long to realize what is obvious to the reader, and when they do, Pessl tends to pound the nail in a few extra times in case we didn't get it. Many aspects of the investigation defy belief, and I'm not talking about the black magic elements. The action seems to arise from the author's need to get certain information across rather than from the nature of the characters; I had trouble believing in the characters and their reactions. The writing is clumsy. Does anyone edit anymore?
The narrator is a reasonable choice for a noir novel; he sounds the part, certainly. He has an irritating tendency. To break sentences into fragments. Rather than allowing them to flow. Which obstructs their meaning. And one has to think about what was just said. Then put it all together. I'm not sure anyone could have done a good job with this dialogue; it's just mediocre, but I felt the narrator overemphasized emotional moments; this coupled with the author's overemphasis made me feel like someone was pounding the novel into my head with a 2 x 4.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
Would I recommend this book? Hmmm...... How much time do you have to listen and how much does the ending matter to you? This book is over twenty hours long. The narration is perfectly done, no complaint there. The story drew me in and kept me fascinated and intrigued for about the first three-quarters of the many hours of listening. I enjoyed the mix of characters during that first three-quarters especially the three investigators; who were a quirky mix including two young adults; each of whom had an interest in helping Scott McGrath (the protagonist and investigative journalist) solve the mystery at-hand. The problem with this novel is that it is too long and during the last fourth of the novel, I just lost interest. The book is probably worth listening to for the many hours of intrigue and adventure that it provides but, ultimately, I found it disappointing as it moved towards a long and painfully unsatisfying finish. If you like gothic fiction, this book reads like one but fails to deliver towards the end. In the end, I would recommend listening to this novel for about the first fifteen hours..... but, after that, your imagination could probably do a better job.
Very good story. It was a very thorough storyline. The narrator depicted emotions of characters very well. I couldn't stop listening. There were many twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat the entire story.
This book is way too long. Its one thing to give background information or build the characters, but having to learn the plot and characters of every movie made by Cardova, even hours into the book, is too much. The plot needs to move, not merely continue to go over details of the producer's movies. I gave up after about 100 chapters.
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struggled to finish seems to go on forever. however i was interested to find that one on the characters was from st cloud Florida and went to harmony high school.
While the story was not bad, the novel just went on and on like there was a need to fill pages or sound files. But you'd have to listen through the noise to get to the rest of the story.
I am tempted to ask for a refund, the experience was that irritating.
The narrator was ok.
Was there no editor?
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
This was one of the more engaging stories I've listened to in a long, long time. Pessl delivers a great storyline that grabs you, shakes you by the roots and takes you a fast paced thrill ride. The writing is superb and the characters are so engaging and unique and they are brought into vivid color by a plot that will make you cringe, cheer, laugh and keep you up at night. Witchcraft and voodoo mix almost sensibly into a story about a family legacy, a mysterious compound and a young girl's untimely death. There are passages that blend the reality with the fantasy so artifully that even now, having finished the book, I'm at a loss to explain them. This book delivers in a way many others try and fail. Highly recommended.
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