Book Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl


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Goodreads Blurb:

Brilliant, haunting, breathtakingly suspenseful, Night Film is a superb literary thriller by the New York Times bestselling author of the blockbuster debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics.

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.

My Thoughts:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

This book took me FOREVER to read. Not gonna lie, I was so positive that I was going to rate this 3/5 but after I really got into it I had to give it a 4. I know this book is not going to be for everyone. I really didn’t find this book fast-paced until I got to around the 300 page mark which is a long time to wait for some excitement. There was plenty going on in the book, but for some reason it just took me personally quite a while to get into it and be committed to finishing it.

This book has magic, mystery, and murder all rolled into one long, crazy book. The multimedia aspect of this book was so amazing, I’ve never read anything like it. And even though the app that was first available when it came out doesn’t exist anymore, it was very nice of Marisha Pessl to include it on her website.

The ending of this book was left a little to the imagination, but I actually didn’t mind that very much. Usually that would drive me insane, but for some reason it just seemed to WORK for this book.

One problem I had with this book — and really my only major complaint besides how slow I thought it was in the beginning — was all of the italicized words and half the time I didn’t even understand why the author thought it necessary to do that. It was rather annoying at the end because there was just SO MUCH of it. Other than those 2 things, this book really turned around for me. Plus, that multimedia aspect is just so amazing.

I wouldn’t read it again, but I think it is worth the time for most people.

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