Book Review | Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Summary: On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise.

As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova-a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years. For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence.

Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself. Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

Rating: 4.5

My Thoughts: The writing in this book is phenomenal. I love the characters and the story. McGrath’s character development is great, even if it wasn’t how I thought it would go.

This book is a mind f*ck. You think you know what’s happening, but you don’t. Over and over. I loved it. There is some fluff in here that I didn’t think was necessary for a book that is almost 600 pages.

Overall, highly recommend!

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