Genres: Adult, Dark Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Published by Random House on August 20th 2013
Recommended Read? YES! Just one huge: YES. It's deep, dark, and the characters are beyond brilliantly executed.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 thirty 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 until you turn the final page.
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Review of Night Film
I don’t know how to talk about this book. It’s such a complicated, interconnected, and brilliantly plotted book. The characters are AMAZING. Seriously, I loved each of them. Nora was perfection. Hopper – oh, Hopper — how could you not fall a little in love with this horribly broken boy? Scott was a really amusing main character. I was on his side from the start. I really, really hoped he could redeem himself.
Cordova. I can’t not talk about Cordova – for a character that’s not really in the book, he’s such an extremely interesting and well developed character. Same goes for his daughter, Ashely. They are just such amazing, large, characters.
There were actually some frightening moments in this book. I was never really sure what was going to happen next. The way everything connected in the end, though, was very satisifying and I can honestly say — when I started this book — I didn’t really see the ending coming.
There are photos, articles, and webpages throughout this book so you can see what Scott’s seeing while investigating Ashely’s death. These were amazingly done. I absolutely loved how detailed and full of information they were. It blows my mind that Pessl could do this. She had to have everything thoroughly detailed to make those articles, web pages, and so much more.
This is the first book, I think, that really embraces the possibility of interlacing books with social media. Without it taking away from the power of the book. You don’t need to stop the book to look at what the photos decode (there’s a decoder app from RandomHouse to unlock hidden content), but after you’re done, it does deepen a few of the subplots by doing that. But if you don’t ever touch the decoder, it’s still a very amazing and well plotted book.
Does that make sense?
I really can’t say much more. All I can say is this: READ THIS BOOK.
This is one of my favorite books of 2013. No contest. It’s remarkable.
Meeting the Author
I finished reading Night Film a just yesterday. When I found out that Pessl was going to be in town at a book signing I was beyond thrilled. As my review states, I absolutely LOVED Night Film.
Pessl talked about making Night Film and the challenges that came with it. It’s a very unique book with realistic notes from McGarth, articles, and webpages. It’s no wonder it took three years for her to finish it. She read the prologue and then the rest of the event was her answering questions.
It was really interesting hearing her talk about her writing process. What I think was the most interesting thing she said was talking about the difference between horror and terror. Someone in the audience asked her what scared her — since Night Film was scared them so much. Her answer was she like terror, not really horror.
I hadn’t really thought about the difference.
To her, terror is fear of the unknown. The suspense in running from something, from what could happen next, from what happened already. Horror is the known — seeing a horrible thing hiding in your closet.
This makes a lot of sense to me. I adore it.
I’m going to give away a SIGNED COPY of Night Film!
To win the SIGNED COPY you must live in North America (Mexico, Canada, or US). Sorry! But — because I love this book so much — if you are located internationally, and Book Depository ships to your country, you can still win a copy of Night Film.
- To win a physical book, you have to live in a country in which Book Depository ships to.
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- I use a random generator to select winners.
- This giveaway opens September 11th and will close September 27th.
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