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 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.
I don't usually listen to this genre of story. But I am trying to broaden my horizons. It started off a little slow and picked up steam. I get interrupted a lot while listening to books. I enjoyed it and it had me completely immersed in the story and the narrator was superb Overall a great listen
Rambling. Too long. Needs heavy editing.
Disjointed. Uneven pacing. Not able to keep suspence going.
It's going back
Probably not. It was a good listen the first time, but a lot of that was due to the twists and turns.
Yes — but I more so recommend actually reading the book if it's an option. The audiobook is missing how truly immersive the text is with the graphic elements.
It's a good listening experience, but it requires a suspension of disbelief. The main character never hits a roadblock in his investigation. One thing leads neatly to the next. There is one particular disorienting chunk that seems to drag on for ages in the worst possible way, and the book never really picked up for me after that. But as a whole, it's worth a credit.
Usually an audiobook of this length would take me about a month to listen to, but I listened to this in 3 days. I carried my iPod with me everywhere so I could listen at any given chance. I even went out and bought the physical book.
I got this book because I was craving a mystery similar to the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. This was perfect. If you enjoyed those books, I would suggest this.
Jake Weber was a superb narrator. His performance was so good I could easily get lost in the story.
I would read any book by Marisha Pessl and listen to any book narrated by Jake Weber.
I liked the characters. Each was motivated by different events to investigate the death of the mysterious and talented Ashleigh Cordova. McGrath wanted to expose the movie director father of heinous acts, some involving children...Hopper was still hurting from the end of his love affair with Ashleigh...and aspiring actress Nora was just happy to be part of the team. But then the plot wove in and out of black magic, human trafficking, crazy townspeople, old movie plots, cults, etc. Each twist introduced new characters most of whom had no connection with each other. Then there was McGrath's bad trip (meaning this in two ways!!) to the Cordova estate. What was that all about!? And just when I thought everything was being resolved, there was yet another plot twist that took us to an island off of South America. WHAT?
The reader was pretty good, although I thought his voice for the assistant Inez was almost comically bad.
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