Title: Night Film
Author: Marisha Pessl
Genre: Noir; Suspense; Mystery
Publisher: Random House
Source: Personal Collection
When Ashley Cordova is found dead, Scott McGrath, an investigative journalist, is compelled to investigate. A few years earlier, an investigation into her father, mysterious filmmaker Stanislav Cordova, ruined his career. Now he’s determined to find something on Cordova – something that will bring him down. But Cordova isn’t going to make it easy.
This book might be better than Special Topics in Calamity Physics. It was so twisted and suspenseful that despite its heft, I couldn’t put it down. Like in Special Topics, Pessl shows her attention to detail and ability to weave a complicated tale.
While I give Pessl credit for her creativity, I was not a big fan of the integration of technology. I stopped using the app pretty early on because I found it distracting. But that’s fine. I just stopped using it. If you like it, use it. If you don’t, don’t. Easy enough.
I don’t have a lot to say (nor do I have a lot of review writing time this weekend), but that shouldn’t lead you to believe I have anything less than love for this book.
People were pretty divided on this one, but I loved it. I didn’t even know there was an app (LOL) so I didn’t have it to distract me. I did think that the use of news articles and webpages were clever. It made it seem real.
I did like all of the articles and such. I just didn’t like the app.
I loved this book. I really need to read Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I forgot it at Christmas time.
I read this as an ARC and was not aware of the app at that time. I did think that the web pages incorporated should have been real pages, but maybe they are now?? I tried to use an app once with one of the children’s books the kids brought home and it was WAY distracting.
I did love Night Film though. I really couldn’t put it down and that was good because I was at a point in my reading where everything sucked so it was good to be pulled back into a good book.
I really enjoyed this book. I read it on an e-ink Kindle, which means that all the hyperlinks were dead, but I got what she was trying to do with them. I thought they could have been very distracting, but didn’t end up so with me.
I really appreciated the way that Pessl kept the story “off balance” in that I wasn’t really sure where it was going to end up, and provided a lot of creepy stops on the way.
I would give this a 5 too! I absolutely loved it! The only strange part to me was when he was wandering around the tunnels on the property drugged or something.