Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1971. A dark and secretive figure, his fans can only speculate about the man behind such chilling and thought provoking movies. After receiving an anonymous phone call insinuating something sinister about Cordova, however, investigative journalist Scott McGrath’s interest in the director turns into an obsessive need to uncover the truth. Following the clues left in the wake of the recent death of Cordova’s daughter Ashley, McGrath hopes to reveal the man behind the mask once and for all.
2013 is turning out to be a year of awesome books, because yet again I am left almost speechless. Night Film was fascinating, shocking, thought provoking, and absolutely consumed me over the three days that I spent reading it. Putting it quite simply, I LOVED this book! Part Horror and Suspense, the amount of twists and turns in Night Film almost gave me whiplash. Just when I thought I had finally figured Cordova out, another bit of information would surface and I would have to re-evaluate my entire perspective. Pessl’s ability to weave all of these pieces of the puzzle together seamlessly was absolutely amazing.
Night Film wasn’t just a book, it was an experience. Filled with photographs, newspaper clippings, police reports, and other documents, it felt like I was investigating Cordova side by side with McGrath himself. I started to become just as obsessed as McGrath at uncovering the truth. The darkness of the plot put me on edge too. There were a few times while I was reading late at night that I would have to look over my shoulder. I kept expecting to turn around and see Cordova standing in the shadows there watching me.
Part of the reason why I think Night Film became so absorbing was how real all of the characters felt. McGrath, Nora, and Hopper, each with their own motivations for uncovering the truth, came alive on the pages. Each of the secondary characters that slowly emerged also fascinated me with their own unique connection to Cordova and Ashley, and the light that they shed on the case. None of the characters felt as real as Cordova or Ashley though, which was strange considering how little they physically appear in the book. All of the theories surrounding their lives helped to mould a shadowy impression of their characters that was impossible to ignore.
I finished reading Night Film about a week ago and my mind is still reeling from it! Especially the ending! I wish I could say more about this book, but to do so would risk ruining part of its mystery and suspense. If I had to choose three word to describe Night Film though, I would pick the ones from Cordova himself: “Sovereign, deadly, perfect.” Definitely check out this book if you are looking for something to make your heart race and your mind reel!