Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: Night Film

Night Film
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Night Film by Marisha Pessl is a dark, intriguing mystery that keeps the reading returning for more. Scott McGrath, noted journalist who had once took on and failed to expose the world's most famous and mysterious horror movie director Stanislas Cordova, is running in the city at night when he spots a strange young woman. Little does he know how this chance meeting will change his life and put him back on the trail of Cordova.

Once Cordova's daughter Ashley dies from suicide, McGrath is back on the case, wanting to know all he can about Cordova, the family and his mysterious estate, The Peak. McGrath has at his disposal a coat check girl from the last place Ashley was spotted and Hopper, a young man who knows much more than he is willing to say about Ashley.

Throughout the book, there are quite a few twists and turns that are unexpected to the reader, making this a unique look at horror films, the creative mind and how a little bit of shadow can be much more illuminating that anyone imagines. Pessl adds to the intrigue by including the notes, articles and other written materials that McGrath collects throughout the investigation. While it can get creepy at times, much like a good thriller movie, the book does satisfy the reader by continually pointing McGrath in the direction of truth - whatever that truth happens to be.

*Reviewer received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads

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