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A page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson, Night Film tells the haunting story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a troubled prodigy—the daughter of an iconic, reclusive filmmaker.

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.
For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.
Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.
The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.
Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page.

Praise for Night Film
Night Film has been precision-engineered to be read at high velocity, and its energy would be the envy of any summer blockbuster. Your average writer of thrillers should lust for Pessl’s deft touch with character.”—Joe Hill, The New York Times Book Review
“Mysterious and even a little head-spinning, an amazing act of imagination.”—Dean Baquet, The New York Times Book Review
“Maniacally clever . . . Cordova is a monomaniacal genius who creeps into the darkest crevices of the human psyche. . . . As a study of a great mythmaker, Night Film is an absorbing act of myth-making itself. . . . Dastardly fun . . . The plot feels like an M. C. Escher nightmare about Edgar Allan Poe. . . . You’ll miss your subway stop, let dinner burn and start sleeping with the lights on.”The Washington Post
“Haunting . . . a suspenseful, sprawling page-turner.”USA Today
“Entrancing and delightful . . . [a] whipsmart humdinger of a thriller . . . It feels, above all things, new.”The Boston Globe
“Gripping . . . a masterful puzzle . . . Pessl builds up real suspense.”Entertainment Weekly
“A very deeply imagined book . . . sprints to an ending that’s equal parts nagging and haunting: What lingers, beyond all the page-turning, is a density of possible clues that leaves you leafing backward, scanning fictional blog comments and newspaper clippings, positive there’s some secret detail that will snap everything into focus.”New York
“Hypnotic . . . The real and the imaginary, life and art, are dizzyingly distorted not only in a Cordova night film . . . but in Pessl’s own Night Film as well.”Vanity Fair

Mysteries & Thrillers
August 20
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Isaacike ,

Night Film

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Advance Reader's Copy of the novel. All I have to say is ; MASTERPIECE!! This book is gonna be a huge BESTSELLER!!

Atakan0424 ,

Exceptional story

This book seriously reignited my love for reading. This is a story that stays with you for a long long time !

PracticalGrammar ,

Compelling story, unbelievable dialogue

As much as I enjoyed the plot, the writing itself is no better than good YA fiction, which generally vacillates between erring on the side of too much flourish in an effort to impress or being inanely elementary. What I struggle with most is that although Scott, Nora, and Hopper have distinct voices that fit their respective characters as the author describes them, ancillary characters all have one voice. The author's. Frankly, the voice doesn't always fit character, and therefore the book lacks authenticity. I don't believe the characters so I don't believe the book. Are we truly to think blue collar or lesser educated people speak in formal prose? The eloquent language she gives lesser characters isn't in the ordinary conversational vocabulary of even moderately educated people, and yet I'm supposed to believe the words came from a security guard or an apple farmer? The author either gives too much credit to her characters or too little credit to her readers. Maybe NPR was impressed. I wasn't.

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