Night Film

Night Film

A Novel

Book - 2013
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On a damp October night, the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. By all appearances her death is a suicide--but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. Though much has been written about the dark and unsettling films of Ashley's father, Stanislas Cordova, very little is known about the man himself. As McGrath pieces together the mystery of Ashley's death, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the dark underbelly of New York City and the twisted world of Stanislas Cordova, and he begins to wonder--is he the next victim? In this novel, the dazzlingly inventive writer Marisha Pessl offers a breathtaking mystery that will hold you in suspense until the last page is turned.

Publisher: Toronto :, Bond Street Books,, 2013
ISBN: 9780385667654
Branch Call Number: FIC PESSL M

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22METZ
Aug 08, 2017

Did not like this book

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lovesensation24
Apr 03, 2017

I was so excited to read this book after reading all the positive reviews online but it looks like I'm the only one who didn't enjoy it! At nearly 600 pages long, this book was extremely drawn out and failed to captivate me. The story had so much potential but left me confused and feeling like I wasted my time reading it! The ending was confusing and I'm not exactly sure what happened with the story...it lost me completely. I'm glad I persisted with the book because I know it's not something I enjoyed or would recommend.

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brangwinn
Dec 09, 2016

A disgraced journalist gets caught up in a convoluted investigation of a reclusive film producer and the suicide of his daughter. The well-thought out plot involves so many twists and turns, a less adept author would have been left with a pot of spaghetti that had spilled on the floor. Pessl, however knows what she is doing and the goosebumps will crawl up your back as you read this novel.

LPL_KimberlyL Mar 16, 2016

This novel introduces the reader to the world of Stanislas Cordova--a film director known for his cerebral and disturbing movies. Much like the plots of his films, this book makes the characters question their sanity and keeps the reader wondering what's really going on. What sets this book apart from others in the genre is the format--told partially in illustrations that show news articles, website searches, police reports, and so much more. Because of this format, you truly feel as if you are a part of Scott McGrath's investigative team, and you get to solve the mystery as new evidence is presented. Thrilling, creepy, and dark, this one is a perfect addition to the psychological thriller/horror genre. Pro tip: Download the app created for this book to have a truly unique reading experience.

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BookLady125
Nov 24, 2015

This book had such an interesting premise and I really wanted to like it, but it kind of got lost somewhere in the middle and all the aura of mystery just fizzled in an ending that I found disappointing. It could have been so much better.

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KlSanchez
Aug 27, 2015

I have never reviewed a book until now. I absolutely could not put this book down. I was surprised at the ending though, a bit drawn out, Just when I thought it had ended there'd be another chapter, and then another and another. But so twisty and went in unexpected directions. A perfect cabin vacation read! And there's a free app that goes along with the book that lets you access additional material, but downloading it before you read so you can do it as you read, rather than after, would be beneficial.

蛙界蒙薰
Jun 27, 2015

This looks really bad and it has an eye exam front cover(I usually judge books by their spine, because I'm an adult) can anyone here tell me if I would like it?

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wilqser
Jun 27, 2015

Mystery, involving mysticism and the blurred lines between fantasy and reality and what is good and evil. Overly long but kept me engrossed, at least in the beginning.

SFPL_OfeliaM Apr 22, 2015

If you like some mystery in your fiction novels, this is a must read.

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Roque0424
Mar 13, 2015

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.

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“It was at this time I learned that the human mind is a blackened overgrown place. Society tries to mow the lawn and trim back the plants, but every one of us is just days away from a wild jungle. And it's the jungle that interests me.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“Life had been a suit I'd only put on for special occasions. Most of the time I kept it in the back of my closet, forgetting it was there. We were meant to die when it was barely stitched anymore, when the elbows and knees were stained with grass and mud, shoulder pads uneven from people hugging you all the time, downpours and blistering sun, the fabric faded, buttons gone.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“It's not fair."
"It's not. But then, that's the game. It makes life great. The fact that it ends when we don't want it to. The ending gives it meaning.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“People don’t realize how easy life is to change. You just get on the bus.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“It’s easy to be yourself in the dark.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“I hate how the people who really get you are the ones you can never hold on to for very long. And the ones who don’t understand you at all stick around.”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“Mortal fear is as crucial a thing to our lives as love. It cuts to the core of our being and shows us what we are. Will you step back and cover your eyes? Or will you have the strength to walk to the precipice and look out?”

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KaseyNB
Apr 13, 2017

“Just when you think you've hit rock bottom, you realize you're standing on another trapdoor.”

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