Book Review | Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Published: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Random House
Source: Purchased
Summary from GoodreadsEverybody 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.


ReviewI really enjoyed this book. The ending left me with so many questions but isn’t that how all of Cordova’s films ended? But still there were way too many loose ends that I was okay with. 

The writing was a mix between brilliant as the male perspective was written so accurately by the author (who obviously is a woman) and a little childish. But overall, did not discourage me from the book (Although a bit wordy).

Maybe the point of the unanswered questions is to question them yourself and start a discussion…

It’s been about two weeks since I’ve read this novel and the unanswered questions are still bothering me. I was lucky enough to read this book at the same time as my boyfriend so that we can bounce theories off each other so we don’t go crazy. 

I am interested in picking up her other book.

Rating: 4/5!

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