Night Film - Marisha Pessl | Book Review

11:55 PM
Pages: 602 Hardcover
Publication date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Random House
How I got the copy: Bought 
Rating:  4.5 out of 5


Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn't been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an engima. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.

On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty.

For McGrath, another death connected to the legendary director seems more than a coincidence. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, he finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world, where almost everyone seems afraid.
The last time McGrath got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lost his grip on reality.



This is an adult mystery novel and it was so much fun to read. In The Night Film we follow Scott McGrath, an investigative journalist who gets discredited after saying things about Stan Cordova, a famous cult horror director, while on a talk show when being interviewed.

When Ashely Cordova, a child prodigy, and Cordova's daughter is found dead in an abandoned building where suicide is suspected, McGrath becomes entangled with his obsession about Cordova and starts looking into Ashley's death and into the Cordova family.

So, it's uncovering and discovering two different mysteries at once. How Ashley died and about the Cordova family that Scott McGrath has been so curious about for years.

Many twists and turns happen throughout the book that I could have never suspected! So many odd ideas that make this story captivating because you don't know what's going to happen next. The only thing that I didn't like was the slight opening. I don't like open endings. I want a concrete ending. I want to know exactly what happened and there to be a solution or the story to be solved. The end was explained but then the author makes you think twice about if the reader was told the truth.

Something I absolutely loved about this book is that the reader gets to research with Scott McGrath, throughout the book, there are pictures of website pages, newspaper clipping, and pictures about what McGrath is researching. With these extra clips of information, I found it was a really interesting and a great aspect in making this book unique and different from another mystery book. 

I really enjoyed this book. I own the hardcover and I lugged it around in my purse to read when I had a spare time. I also made sure to read it on my break at work, I just couldn't put this book down. 

I recommend this to readers who enjoy mystery and even to readers who want to dive into a mystery. This is a great interactive story to get you started.

The book trailer is super cool and mysterious. Great for readers who want to know more about the book and get the gist about the Night Film.
Night Film book trailer:


Have you read this already? What did you think? I would love recommendations of similar books in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

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