A page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson, Night Film tells the haunting story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a troubled prodigy—the daughter of an iconic, reclusive filmmaker.
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.
Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page.
Who’s surprised to see this book featured in my first 2014 GRT post? I absolutely love this book. It will definitely be a re-read, and I will buy a physical copy as well. Night Film sucked me in with a dark, suspenseful opener that sets the mood for the rest of the book. You’ll find yourself asking “What is really going on here?” a lot (you’ll also find many of the characters ask that as well). And while it might be easy to say Night Film succeeds for spinning an engaging, labyrinthine mystery, that’s not the full story. The characters are quirky and flawed. They challenge each other. They are, at times, completing frustrating and heartbreaking. They’re mad for and obsessed with something, and discovering them is half the fun.