Night Film

A Novel

Pessl, Marisha

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Night Film
When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death.

Publisher: New York :, Random House,, 2013.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 140006788X
Characteristics: 602 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Mar 13, 2015
  • Roque0424 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I picked up this book on a whim at an airport during a layover and I couldnt be happier with the decision . I couldn't put this book down from page one. The story has you needing more every page. I've never read a story about a movie director before this, and many future reads might not live up to this one.

We live in a digital age, where everything is public. But Pessl creates a character in such mystery. All his films, kept secret, his ideas, and horros put on screen for the brave to find and to watch. The death of his unusually talented musician daughter , Ashley, brings in some great characters to solve the case. I'll never forget the places this book goes, and what our main character Scott, goes through to find the truth.

Oct 29, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Much like Cordova in the story, this book sucks you in. The paranoia also sets in early and you begin to suspect that all the witchcraft and devil stuff is leading you into a 'House of the Devil' or 'Rosemary's Baby' style ending. The ending, I think, is going to be what makes this book for a lot of people. Either you really like it, or really hate it. I think it's great ending - I think I appreciate it more on this second reading of it - but that's of course all up to you. Even so, I think, you can still believe what you want about that ending. Whether that's really it or not.

As both a horror film, mystery, thriller, and just general film lover I devoured this book. You're constantly thinking about it and you just want to know how deep the rabbit hole goes as much as Scott does. Cordova is a wonderful blend of Kubrick, Hitchcock, and other film directors and really is an overbearing presence in the novel despite how often we do see him.

It's really a fantastic book in my mind, one of the best genre fiction books I've read and I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next!

Oct 07, 2014
  • fatcat21 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A good book for October reading. Complex and creepy. Can make your nerves a little jumpy. I wasn't crazy about the ending but it was basically a great book.

Sep 01, 2014

Loved this book. Thought it was very suspenseful. Great characters, great plot and nice use of multimedia. My full review can be read/found here:

Aug 16, 2014
  • 411ninja rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a case of the right book at the right time. I was completely wrapped up in the story from the beginning. The mystery was thrilling and the plots of Cordova's films was equally as interesting as the main plot. I would recommend this to people who enjoy a little creepy with their mystery. Lovers of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Room, and Gone Girl.

Jun 30, 2014
  • rogobu rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Fascinating premise, faulty execution. Unnecessarily long, at times tedious, and often silly, unlike other commenters, I liked the ending. Should make a heck of a movie, though.

Jun 19, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Night film grabbed me from the start It's a very creative mystery - I loved it!

Mar 21, 2014
  • mombrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book, but nowhere near as much as Pessl's first novel "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" which I felt was on par with Donna Tartt's Secret History. In Night Film you are hooked by the strange, winding, layered mystery right away. If you like a bit of eerie creepiness, you'll love this book. There is an app you can download for all kinds of fun add-ons that make you feel like Sherlock Holmes. You won't know who or what to believe up to and including the final pages!

Feb 24, 2014
  • daysleeper236 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the most terrifying books I have ever read.

Jan 21, 2014
  • sportsmom99 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book had my interest right from the get-go. However, it seemed as though the author ran out of gas towards the ending. I tried using the app associated with this book, but it wouldn't work. Will be interesting to see how good this book will be in movie-format.

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