I have recently began working on a title I have been anxious to read ever since I read one of my fellow Goodreads.com buddies raving review. The name of this gem I am embarking on is called Night Film and it is the second novel written by Marisha Pessl. Pessl has gotten gushing reviews on her first literary thriller Special Topics in Calamity Physics as well as a plethora that have claimed it to be overly written by someone who is clearly brilliant. You know that love hate sort of relationship between an author's work and the reader? Well... I'm hoping that if I ever get that book I'll find myself loving it.
Initially I was apprehensive to begin Night Film because of it being described as literary fiction. I find that often times literary fiction are sometimes plotless, rambling, overly-written, or not written to the standard of most literary fiction and is undeserving of the classification. So far Night Film is pretty approachable and doesn't do the meandering, rambling thing that literary fiction does. It is also a thriller/mystery so that may help some with the pacing as well as the wonderful pops of newspaper articles, screenshots, pictures, and all things found when doing some serious investigating. I mean Marisha Pessl has me thinking that these people actually exist and I can find a Wiki' page about them. These are the quinessential things I love in horror movies where people go investigating and find all these articles or evidence of something crazy going on.
So far I am 50% in this tome (600+ pages) and I'm hooked as well as spooked and I can't wait to find out WTF is going on. I guess it would be worthwhile to let any readers of this blog know what the story I'm so excited to be reading is all about.
Synopsis (jacket cover): On a damp October night, the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. By all appearances her death is a suicide--but investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. Though much has been written about the dark and unsettling films of Ashley's father, Stanislas Cordova, very little is known about the man himself. As McGrath pieces together the mystery of Ashley's death, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the dark underbelly of New York City and the twisted world of Stanislas Cordova, and he begins to wonder--is he the next victim?
***The copy I will review was given to me through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review from Random House Publishing