Mini Review: Night Film by Marisha Pessl


night film coverNight Film

by: Marisha Pessl

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.

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Sell It In Sixty Seconds

Ever want to go along on a crime investigation?  Investigative Journalist Scott McGrath takes you on one.  With the unexpected help of some “friends/enemies” McGrath sets out to uncover what the world can not.  He wants to know: Why is Ashley Cordova, 24, beautiful, talented… dead.  And WHY is her film maker father so hell bent on staying hidden from the public for the past 25 years?  

Every story has an end, right?  

In this day and age it is unlikely to see a book that opens up so much to its readers.  We get investigation notes, and social media compacted into this novel, and it makes it even more fun/haunting to be along for the ride.

Recommended For: thriller fans, mystery fans, journalism lovers, film buffs, and those interested in trying out some adult novels!


Rivaling the insanity of the brilliantly creepy, Gillian Flynn, Marisha Pessl steps up to the plate and she swings and she hits a HOME RUN.  I’ll be looking our for more!


This book was read as part of the Summer of Stand Alones


  1. Kim

    I am reading this book right now (a little over halfway through it) and I loooove it so far. I love how interactive the book is and how thorough. Pessl did an amazing job with the web pages, articles, and other extra features she added into the book. I know she probably didn’t design the pages, but she wrote them — and that’s pretty amazing.
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  2. Hannah @ So Obsessed With

    I’m so glad I saw this book in person and could tell you about all the images and things inside. I still haven’t read it, but I did buy it. And just from flipping through I think about how it seems like such a rich reading experience!

    I’m kind of scared of this one, but I like how you basically give nothing away in this post. HAHA! I need to read it soon so we can discuss!
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