Book Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night FilmThe Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Goodreads has begun their voting for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards, so I thought it might also be a good time to review my favorite book of 2013.  As you may recall, my favorite book last year was The Orphanmaster’s Son by Adam Johnson.  This book went on to win a Pulitzer Prize.  I don’t expect as much for Night Film, but I am certainly going to name this book my favorite for 2013.

Night Film revolves around the work of an investigative journalist who becomes obsessed, as so many have, with a legendary and reclusive cult-horror-film director named Stanley Cordova.  The book opens with the death of Cordova’s daughter in a warehouse in New York.  Her death is a ruled suicide, but McGrath suspects otherwise.

McGrath, along with two strangers, begins a nightmarish descent into the world of the Cordova family, at what may be the cost of his own.  Driven by revenge and curiosity, McGrath encounters a truly frightening world inhabited by the reclusive film director.  As McGrath begins to lose sight of what is real and what isn’t, the reader is drawn into this nightmarish world and begins to wonder what is real in the novel as well.

This book made me want to sleep with the lights on.  It has been a long time (to say the least) since that has happened to me.  Perhaps I am just a ‘fraidy cat, but this book is scary.

Book Details:  Published by Random House (August 20, 2013), 602 pages, ISBN: 140006788X.