Night Film

Marisha Pessl

Shelfie Score: 40%

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Publisher: Bond Street Books
Pages: 256


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 Yo...

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Leigha's Little Library

Night Film gripped me. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book, reading the book in large chunks, taking breaks and taking my time, because of dark and disturbing content, and also to just think. This book made me think a lot. The story isn't what I would call scary, but thrilling or suspenseful are good words for it. There was one scene where the main character is on a movie set and something happens that made my heart race a little bit. Yes, that bit did scare me. It was done very well in my opinion. I liked how we are not quite sure what happened.

The writing style was really good and easy to read. It flowed well. However, I did find a lot of the story repetitive. Some of the phrases were repeated so much, for example, the main character said "thank Christ" so much that I felt annoyed each time he said it.

I enjoyed the supplemented material. They added to the book to give it more of a creepy, real vibe.

There was mention of a past romance with the main character's ex, but other than that no romance, except for one small part. I liked that there was no secondary plot of romance, taking from the main plot.

I liked and disliked the way the book ended. It ended in a similar way one of Cordova's films would end, so that was pretty neat, but on the other hand frustrating for the reader. You might know what I mean when you get to that point.

Over all, it was an enjoyable read and one that will have me wondering for a long time.

This whole thing with Cordava's films really made me want to see his movies, as if they were real. Even with the disturbing background of the films, a morbid curiosity had me dying to see what the big deal was with this director and his films. Would I become one of his fans? Would I spend my days on the blackboards talking about theories?


Bookaxe Characteristics for Night Film

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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