NIGHT FILM – A Rapid Review


RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

Night Film by Marisha Pessl is a haunting mystery with a complex, engrossing story and complex, intriguing characters, especially Stanislas Cordova, a creepy, reclusive cultish film director who I wish to the literary gods was a real person.

The only drawback for me is that the novel, weighing in at 640 pages, is way too long — at least 100 pages or so too long — with far too many trails for the protagonist to mercilessly have to follow…

However, the narrative and characters were compelling enough to pull me through the excess to its mostly satisfying conclusion.

I listened to the audio version of the book and it was narrated exceptionally by actor Jake Weber, who you may remember as Brett O’Keefe, a character obviously based on Alex Jones from Season 7 of Homeland.

BTW, I’d love to see an Epic Rap Battle between Pessl’s creepy Stanislas character and Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter.

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