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Night Film: A Novel Hardcover – August 20, 2013
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Ten Reasons to Read Night Film
1. The verb "crafted" is probably overused a bit when it comes to writing, but there is no better one to use in regards to Night Film. The world Pessl created was obviously labored over- given the genre, mystery, everything had to add up in the end. And when there's nearly 600 pages of people, places, and clues there's a lot of i dotting and t crossing to do.
2. The multimedia aspect of the book makes it more hands-on and, to put it simply, interesting. Pessl includes screen shots from websites, pictures, notes, and transcripts in order to provide the reader with a more authentic experience. Also, allowing us an actual model for Ashley Cordova, the daughter of a demented film director who kills herself, is necessary- we have to understand her appeal.
3. She manages to sneak in a little bit of literature, ala Special Topics, with her references to TS Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."
4. The setting drags you all over New York City from Park Avenue to China Town, out to the Adirondacks and even to Chile, eventually.Read more ›
Stanislas Cordova is, or was, a notorious American director of horror films -- so horrible that the studios refused to release them half-way into his career, and the last half-dozen were screened only in clandestine showings in places like the Paris Catacombs. Near the beginning of the book, Cordova's 24-year-old daughter Ashley, a former musical genius, is found dead in a deserted New York warehouse, apparently from suicide. Investigative reporter Scott McGrath, who has already been slapped with a lawsuit by the Cordova family, decides to look deeper.Read more ›
Author Pessl chose to write this book by including "clippings" from magazines and newspapers as an important element in advancing the story. On my second generation Kindle, these are rendered as illustrations with text so tiny that they can only be read with a magnifying glass -- they cannot be enlarged with the text enlargement function. I was able to get a refund from Amazon by asking for it within seven days of my purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heart was pounding the whole way through. A great second novel. Can't wait to see what the next one is.Published 4 days ago by rpf
This was an mystery that doesn't fail to entertain but won't quite stand up to close scrutiny. The second to last act was a little loose and slow and stretched my credulity but it... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Shannon CC Nedelka
This novel both unnerved and entertained me from start to finish - it kept me on the edge of my seat as I tried to make sense of conflicting accounts and evidence that the... Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. Ang
This book seemed to have as many twists as pages. It kept you turning pages to find out if it was black magic or just crazy people. Read morePublished 13 days ago by MB
Pessl's Night Film is a cleverly written puzzle about what the human mind is capable of perceiving and believing. Are coincidences just coincidences? Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amy Jesionowski
Great book! Good story that hasn't been done to death. Good characters and great development of their backgrounds. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Owen M. Barnes
WHAT ITS ABOUT: Night Film is a literate and entertaining mystery/horror/suspense story with an unexpected existential subtext. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CLG
This book was briliant until the end came - which was ... nothing. Nothing gets solved, no answers given. The plot seems so good, so complex, but that's just the thing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
There's no easy way to describe this story. It's dark, mysterious, complex, intricate, suspenseful, thrilling, touching, creepy, mindf*cking, exquisitely written, and unlike... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ALR