Book Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Title: Night Film (Goodreads)
Author: Marisha Pessl
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
If ever there was a story that messed with my mind, it was this one. At the beginning of Night Film, you find out about a young girl named Ashley Cordova who commits suicide. This particular girl happens to be the daughter of a very peculiar director of cult horror films, Stanislas Cordova. An investigative journalist by the name of Scott McGrath decides to investigate the death of Ashley and see if, in fact, the death was just a suicide. McGrath had previously taken an interest in Cordova years prior, but gave up the search after losing his wife and career (coincidence?). Now he's bound and determined to find out the truth about this elusive director.
What I love so much about this book is the completely immersive feeling you have with it. Within the book there are many documents and pieces of evidence, including: police reports, websites, newspaper articles, and even videos and sound clips. How can there be videos and audio clips in the book, you may ask? Well, there is an app that goes along with it! To the right you will see an example of a page that has additional content available in the app. The small bird symbol happens to be the symbol of Cordova's followers, the Cordovites. You will see it on random pages and that prompts you to scan the page with the app. A play symbol with pop up after scanning the page and it will play either a video, audio clip, or display a text document. I thought this idea was so unique and made the experience of reading the book that much more realistic.
This book is such an interesting experience. I felt nervous at times, and other times I was totally creeped out. There were moments where I started to question which things in the book were "real" and which were illusions. Things happen where you aren't even sure you can trust what the narrator is saying. It really messes with you!
I won't spoil anything for you at all, but I did want to say that the storyline was fantastic. I thought the ending was completely fitting. This was one of those books that when I finished it, I just closed it and stared at it for awhile, contemplating what just happened.
If you are easily scared or do not like feeling uneasy while reading, I don't recommend this book for you. However, if you are down for an experience and excitement, definitely give this book a go. If you have read Night Film, let me know what you thought!
Bonus: It's only $2.99 at Barnes and Noble right now!