Sunday, April 26, 2015

Night Film

Book: Night Film
Author: Marisha Pessl

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 lose his grip on reality.


Review: This book had the misfortune of being my first non-D.D. Warren thriller this month. I was used to the fast-paced "I cannot put this book down" feeling from that series and this book was very slow and boring. I like the concept of the book and Pessl's use of articles, photos and blurbs from blogs and webpages mixed in with traditional chapters, but I found McGrah unbelievable as a seasoned investigative journalist. He was quickly strapped with 2 sidekicks he didn't want (one of which had a big reveal toward the end that was obvious several hundred pages earlier) due to poor decision making. It seemed like almost everyone McGrath talked to immediately told him everything he wanted to know. At one point, he interrupts a college professor mid-lecture and the guy, after chastising McGrath, decides to stand there and answer all his questions. What?! The author also had a very bizarre habit of using italics throughout the book to get point across. Bizarre. It was seriously throughout the entire book, I kept wondering where the editor was. Seriously

Overall-an okay read. Had some decent creepy elements and I wish the ending was not so open ended. 

Grade: 2/5

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