Night Film by Marisha Pessl Review
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.