Night Film: A Novel by Marisha PesslNight Film: A Novel by Marisha Pessl

Night Film: A Novel

byMarisha Pessl

Paperback | July 1, 2014

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Now in paperback, the New York Times-bestselling author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics' hypnotic literary thriller, Night Film.
     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.
MARISHA PESSL grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10...
Title:Night Film: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 8.19 × 5.51 × 1.09 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385667663

ISBN - 13:9780385667661

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book To Date! This was the best book I read in 2017. Marisha Pessl's attention to detail and the overall plot made this book so hard to put down. Along with the plot, the use of media and the uniqueness of the interactive parts made this such an amazing book.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Night Film I could not put this book down. It was so complex, intriguing and full of mystery.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from do i dare? Im not usually a fan of books with a male narrator, but Scott McGrath’s gender felt so secondary to me. It was all about the mystery and investigation. The book is full of case notes and photos and newspaper clippings that seemed to me to be so real I actually went and google searched Cordova. Even though this book is almost 700 pages, Pessl’s writing is so crisp and easy that I blew through it in under a week. There are so many twists and turns, and it’s creepy and gripping and disturbing. I was definitely sucked in. If you’re a fan of creepy mysteries check this book out.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book noir. I found this book to be a page turner. Great read, twists, turns, twisted and then some. I didn't do the interactive part but will when I read it a 2nd time, yes, a 2nd time! Enjoy.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will keep you reading There was so much that happened in this book that it is hard to summarize. Following the suicide of renowned movie director Stanislas Cordova's daughter, Ashley, investigative journalist Scott McGrath finds himself wrapped up in unearthing the truth between the Cordova's twisted past. Cordova's films are so dark that they can only be seen during underground viewings. The fans, deemed Cordovites, are unwaveringly faithful to the secrecy behind Cordova's estate, The Peak, and the strange happenings surrounding members of his family. Scott McGrath teams up with two unlikely investigative partners and sets out on an obsessive mission to find out everything he can about the Cordova family and Stanislas' night films. I enjoyed how the pieces of the story came together with each witness that Scott, Nora and Hopper interviewed. Although at times I felt exhausted with the never-ending investigation, the author kept my interest with little twists here and there. I could have done without the part where Scott is trapped in the hexagonal box, but I suppose it was a metaphor after all. Unfortunately, there were a few loose threads at the end of the book which left me scratching my head.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A page turner. One word to describe this book : twisted (in a good way). That's what makes it so entertaining and a page turner. It wasn't very scary but creepy. When I realized where the book was going towards the end I was prepared to be dissapointed but nothing is at it seems in this novel. The ending was great. There were just some details and very long descriptions that made me bored for a bit. There were also too many metaphors, emphasis on Cordova's ideologies. This whole book is probably a metaphor. I loved the unexpected bond/friendship between certain characters. It was, "Sovereign, deadly and perfect".
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Darkly Imagined World I didn't want it to end, haunting, real, please David Fincher scoop this up and make in a mini series! The interactive portion was really engaging - worth the trip
Date published: 2015-04-17

Bookclub Guide

1. Professor Wolfgang Beckman accuses Scott of having “no respect for the murk. For the blackly unexplained. The un-nail downable.” How does Scott’s perspective on mystery and the “blackly unexplained” change over the course of the novel?2. Nora asks Scott, “How much evidence do you need before you wonder if it just might be real?” Do you think Scott’s skepticism is a mark of pride, as well as rationality, as Nora suggests? Why does he wish to believe in the curse after his conversation with Inez Gallo? How ready were you to believe in the curse?3. Scott is relentless in his pursuit of the truth about Cordova. How far would you have gone, in his situation? Is there a point at which you would have stopped pursuing the truth?4. Cordova’s films were filled with such horror and violence that, in many cases, they were banned from theaters. What is your perspective on violence—its role and its effects—in movies today?5. Cordova’s philosophy is in many ways antithetical to our modern world, where transparency, over-sharing and social media are the norm. Did you feel drawn to Cordova’s philosophy, or repelled, or both? Why?6. Discuss how Scott advertently or inadvertently involved his daughter Samantha in his investigation. What did you think of the role she wound up playing, in his discovery?7. How does your perception of Scott change, from the beginning to the end of the novel?8. What did you think of the evolution of Nora and Scott’s relationship?9. Both Scott and Nora reflect on the power of memory and story to alter the way we relate to our experiences. Scott says: “It was never the act itself but our own understanding of it that defeated us, over and over again.” Nora says: “The bad things that happen to you don’t have to mean anything at all.” Do you agree?10. Beckman says “Every one of us has our box, a dark chamber stowing the thing that lanced our heart.” Consider Nora, Hopper, Ashley, Cordova, and Scott. What do their boxes contain, and in what ways do these secrets motivate them? Imprison them?11. What do you think helped Hopper come to peace with Ashley’s memory?12. New York City is just as much a character in the novel as any one person. How does your personal experience of, or relationship with, the city affect your reading?13. How did the visual elements throughout the book enhance or impact your reading experience?

Editorial Reviews

Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award"An inventive--if brooding, strange and creepy--adventure in literary terror. Think Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King meet Guillermo del Toro as channeled by Klaus Kinski. In her sophomore effort, Pessl (Special Topics in Calamity Physics, 2006) hits the scary ground running." --Kirkus Reviews "It'll be this summer's Gone Girl: a completely absorbing literary thriller." --Library Journal