Night Film – Marisha Pessl – Review

Night Film by Marisha Pessl Review

Night Film by Marish Pessl cover

Night Film by Marish Pessl cover

I received this book through Random House Canada’s ‘Summer Tweetstarter’ (https://twitter.com/RandomHouseCA). Every friday until August 30, they post a tweet around 10 am that you must retweet, and after a certain number of retweets, they will unlock prizes. See more information here : http://www.retreatbyrandomhouse.ca/randomhouseca-summer-tweetstarter/. A few weeks ago, I got myself a copy of Night Film. The book’s official publication date is set on the 20th of August 2013.

I would shelve this book as mystery, thriller and horror. The prologue was a few pages long and creeped me out, with no violence or blood. I knew this book was going to be scary. I’m someone who doesn’t watch scary movies, because I get scared to the point where I will have to leave a light on at night, even if I know it’s all fake and in a movie. Now, 1 week after finished reading it, I still leave my lights on. I never thought a book could actually scare me. Moving on..

The book starts with the apparent suicide of a 24 years old woman who is the daughter of a horror movie director. This director in question did not make public appearance for 30 years, and there seems to be something going on, that no one can understand. You follow a journalist that tries to figure out what happened to the woman, and what ‘hides’ under the director.  That’s all I’m going to be saying about the plot, because this is something you want to read without knowing spoilers.

I felt this book got me quite hooked on the story and I could barely keep the book down, until the last 200-300 pages. This book is 600 pages, and I didn’t felt like there were unnecessary parts of the plot, but that there were unnecessary writing added to the plot. I thought the book was well paced at first and there was no superfluous writing, but the more the story advanced, as you want to know more of the critical story points, you are loaded with extra information. That kind of frustrated me in a way that I was hooked on the story and really wanted to know what was happening, and although I guess I  understood why some of those extra writing were there, there were too many of them. Investigation leads always happening at the good moment, hearing the story retold a few times by different characters, I felt some weakness in the writing there. I also spotted quite a few grammatical errors, and the use of italic was a bit overwhelming. All in all, that didn’t kept the book from being really good.

Something I quite enjoyed was the use of pictures, social media pages (like websites) that were used throughout the book. These were nice additions that I quite appreciated. You can see that the author putted a lot of effort on this book.

To conclude, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something out of the ordinary, something ”horrific”, interesting and be on the edge of their seat. I actually just gave my copy to one of my friends because I was telling her she would enjoy it.

8/10

Karine

The Silent Wife – Review

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The Silent Wife – A.S.A. Harrison

*This article is spoiler-free*

I received this book through Goodreads giveaway. The cover image, the blurb on the back of the book and the title made me want to devour this book. This book is shelved as a psychological thriller / mystery book. In the blurb, we get a good idea that it is about a relationship involving a murder, the wife being the murderer. How it happens? That’s what we want to know.

This book was easy to get hooked on, and also knowing that a murder was going to happen made me want to keep reading for more all the time. The story is about a couple in their 40s living in Chicago in a beautiful apartment, living an ‘almost normal’ life, at first. The more you get to know the characters, the more you see how different they are. The book chapters alternate views between ‘Her’ side of the story and ‘His’ side of the story. That was something quite captivating about this novel, because I was always looking forward to knowing the view of the other character on the series of events. The story advances either way, and the author let’s you know clearly how events had impacted the character.

She is a psychologist, he is a building contractor. She is very smart, analyzes a lot, is very organized, but she keeps all of feelings inside. He acts on impulse, takes risks (that turns out good – most of the time?), outgoing, but is a cheater. The more I was reading, the more I was wanting her to actually kill him. It’s not that he is that bad, but after a while, their relationship annoys you. The characters are well thought, but I wanted to give them both a little kick in the butt.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, definitely. It is well written, well paced, and the story is good. Despite those characters, I’m happy to have read it.

7/10