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
If Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch had collaborated on Citizen Kane it might have been something like this.
Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Yes; I like the story telling, the prescriptive writing and the character development, but was let down by the non climatic ending.
Steady, clear and enjoyable
“Just when you think you've hit rock bottom, you realize you're standing on another trapdoor.”
Good story, get you hooked and holds you there. The ending was lack luster and antic climatic which was a disappointment.
The story was to long and very disjointed.
He was great and had an interesting voice
this is my least favorite book I have read this year. I didn't find the story compelling at all.
Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area
Once this story has laid the ground work it needs in the first chaper - it really takes off and captivates for a long and constant ride. Marisha Pessl creates a realistic sense of mystery and suspense with complex and interesting characters. The story slowly pulls its parts in, tightening the mystery's web in a delightful fashion. The producers choice of an A-List reader, Jake Weber was spot on for the story. Everything really falls into place with this suspense audiobook.
A little creepy in parts. Kept my interest right through with entertaining characters, especially Cleopatra. Narrator did a good job. Good quality writing & decent plot.
Absolutely. No one should be deprived from reading this brilliant book.
Yes. It's cloaked in mystery that doesn't give any hints.
McGrath in the panopticon of The Peak.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I am amazed at the number of reviewers who said this book would make you grab your pillow, have sleepless nights, get goosebumps. Not at all. Is it interesting? Yes. Are there many moments when I am not sure what is real and what isn't? Yes. But not scary.
(If you want to be scared, read "Salem's Lot" by Stephen King, or read "Relic" and "Reliquary" by Preston & Child.)
I enjoyed it, I recommend it, and I will miss the main characters, especially Nora.
P.S. If you like narratives that tie up all loose threads by the final pages, do not read this book.
I would recommend this book to a friend
It was a good book, i was expecting a better story and ending. But i enjoyed the read
But one that never actually communes with the darkness it strives to evoke. That's essentially the problem with the book, which I did enjoy: it's not all there, sparking against your imagination, but then failing to take one into the full darkness it promises. The magical realism of the world and particularly its subject, are left under-drawn and disappoint. The seemingly sophisticated and mysterious Cordova could have been, should have been a great portrait... It's a shame because the flare of the better plot turns are bright, evocative and exciting. But horror is hard, right?
Excellent narration though and the transmedia collage is quite cool, in spirit more that execution. Too long on balance, a good work that could've been great.
Mr. Weber was able to keep my attention and hold it together for me to the end.
The storyline was involved enough to keep my attention, but it was Jake Weber, who delivered me from start to finish. Some parts held more promise than others, and I'm not panning the book. Pessl seems to have talent. I was just looking for a little more in a "whodunit".
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