Saturday, November 16, 2013

50. Night Film - Marisha Pessl

Audio read by Jake Weber
19 (! !) discs, 23 hours
2013, Random House Audio
602 pgs.
Adult Mystery/Thriller
Finished 11/10/13
Goodreads Rating: 3.89
My Rating:  Awesome (5) (It totally "took me away" for all 23 hours)
Setting: NYC with a few forays a little north into NY state

My comments:  Wow.  This book was mesmerizing.  I listened to it, but also took a couple trips during the listening to the bookstore to peruse some of the actual pages.  There are many emails, photos, newspaper articles (etc.) that look like the real thing.  Once you realize, as you're listening, that the flow of the story has changed a bit, you can still listen without missing a single thing.  The story was complicated and interesting, keeping you guessing and wondering; the characters were interesting and pretty well fleshed out.   I loved learning all the new clues along with the protagonist, as if I were part of his inexperienced investigative team.  I loved wondering whether the occult was really involved, as did the protagonist.  It got a little slow at the end, when I thought the book should be done and Pessl didn't seem to want to end it.  I should have realized she had a reason.  Well worth 19 discs and 23 hours!  Added note:  I REALLY don't like the cover.

Goodreads Review:  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 drawndeeper 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.

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