Pick of the Week: Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The troubled 24 year old daughter of enigmatic filmmaker Stanislas Cordova is found dead of an apparent suicide, and former reporter Scott McGrath is drawn into an investigation of her death and the elusive Cordova family. Along the way, he picks up two quirky assistants and together they go deeper and deeper into the underworld of the Cordovites, the cult of followers of Cordova's violent and terrifying body of work. The lines between reality and fiction are never quite clear in this book, until the very end. Cordova's own existence is shrouded in mystery, yet McGrath and his team are clearly being followed by someone because his apartment is broken into and all his research is stolen.
An unusual addition to this book are the research documents about Cordova and his family---faux news articles, pictures and internet posts add another level of realism to this creepy book. Cordova's films explored and made real on film the darkest fears imaginable, and the reader is taken deeper and deeper into the shadow world of his former actors and the Cordovites.
Although I prefer to read books about the more positive side of human nature, this book grabbed me. I started it as an audiobook and listened in my car, but at the end had to finish it in its paper form since I just had to know how it was going to end. Wow---what a wild ride!
This book is not for the faint of heart or for those who prefer short books. But if you like a well-written exploration of the darkest aspects of human nature, this one is for you.