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
I was riveted the entire time, it pulled me right in and would not let go. When I reached the last few chapters, I didn't want it to end! The narration was absolutely stellar, I connected with each character's voice and will be looking for more works by this author and more books narrated by Jake Weber.
I read a lot and use audible often. I originally bought this book on my kindle (print version) after reading an article stating it was similar to House of leaves. I still hadn't read HOLs because I had to wait for it to ship but was excited to read it because all of the craziness I heard surrounding it. I started reading Night Film and did not put it down so much to the point that I ordered it here despite already having it so I could listen when I was unable to read. House of leaves had a good story potentials but it really was just a book of madness. NF is nothing like that. it is mystery that the reader gets to see what the main character sees, police reports, photos, handwritten notes.you are right there with him the entire time. The characters are strong and likable. It is also a thriller with borderline horror. I would not be suprised if this is made into a high budget film but a giid movie from a book like Silence of the lambs. Do yourself a favor if mystery/thriller is your favorite and get this before it goes Hollywood.
I've had enormous affection for this author ever since I read her book, "Special Topics in Calamity Physics".
If I wanted to listen to a book about black magic and witchcraft, then I would look for such a book in the appropriate section. I like thrillers, I like whodunits, I liked Marisha Pessl. I do not like witchcraft, black magic, spells, "soul barters", or ritualistic occult sacrifices. For goodness' sake, who does like reading about a fawn's eyes being carved out as part of a Satanic sacrificial ritual?!
I loved the writing style, vocabulary, most of the plot, and the characters. But I felt like I was reading a book written by Stephen King.
The narrator was flawless- he sounds like Lee Pace!
The summary for this book is, I feel, misleading. It is dark, brooding, dangerous- it sticks in your mind like the titled movies by the character Stanislas Cordova. This is not a happy book in any way. If you're a fan of the occult, you'll probably like this book. If not, you'll be as disgusted as I was.
I absolutely would not recommend this book.
I stumbled into this book almost by accident, while looking for something to listen over a long car trip. I knew it wasn't serious literature, but I wasn't expecting this. It is a novel with such an inept, cliché ridden prose, that it is difficult to understand how it made it beyond the very first editorial culling process. I do not exaggerate when I tell you that a student in a first year creative writing course could produce similar. if not better, results. Save your money and look elsewhere.
I found this overblown and frustrating. The end went on and on in a way that felt like a lot of filler for a long time, then purposefully obscure. Was there a point? Clever paradigm shifting...ok, but to what end? Did it reveal anything about anyone, advance the characters' situations? The author muddled up the supernatural and the natural, successfully did a number on the reader, and then...hid. I found this book hard to get into at first; the set up unlikely and stretching credulity; by the middle I was interested and involved, but the last 20% was a waste of time and made me regret the hours I spent on it.
When I read a good book I feel changed, elevated, intrigued or challenged in some way. After this one, I felt duped.
The narrator is exceptional. I loved how the author took us through logical to magical and back. Great anxiety points, excellent character development, really nice storytelling. Will be finding more from this author and definitely from this narrator.
I'm not really a horror show kinda gal, but I found myself being drawn into this fiction so much so that I had t research the book to make sure it was, indeed, fiction! The added technological "goodies" presented in the download AND the app for the interactive portion of the experience were certainly intriguing. I'm loving this roach to literature and would truly find it a bonus if tried in another genre.
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