Book Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessel


A friend of mine ( hey LauraBess!) and I tend to lend books to each other and offer recommendations. She recently read this book and loved it. That obviously means she gave it to me on the off-chance I would too. Guess what, I did.

Night Film by Marisha Pessel is about a disgraced journalist Scott McGrath who becomes interested in a story about Ashley Cordova who is found dead at the age of 24. Though the death is ruled a suicide, McGrath believes differently. It’s not before long until he becomes obsessed with finding out the truth.  It doesn’t help that Ashley Cordova is the daughter of famed cult film director Stanislas Cordova, the famous filmmaker with a dark past, who McGrath tried to take down once years before. Cordova and his family has been shrouded by mystery, bad luck, and just plain creepiness. Did Ashley really kill herself? Or was something dark behind it? Why are there so many secrets surrounding the family? There were so many questions to be answered.

The book was a little slow at first, but then it took right off into the sky. The book had everything; it was mysterious, captivating and a thrill ride. I could not put it down. What starts out simply as a journalist following a lead transforms into a race to uncover the truth of what happened to Ashley to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

If you like books that keep you guessing at every turn and mess with your mind and emotions, then this a book for you. I am most definitely adding this to book to my favorite lists. I would love to write more but I’m so worried about spoilers, and this book is best enjoyed through experience.




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