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Night Film

Night Film - Marisha Pessl When early reviews for Night Film started coming in and I was repeatedly seeing chilling, twisty and haunting, I just knew I had to have a favorite on my hands. Cult films and novels with endless plot twists, even those left unanswered, are right in my wheelhouse so my excitement level for Night Film was sky high.

I think much of that excitement contributed to my feeling of disappointment as I finished reading. While I still enjoyed the book, it certainly didn’t live up to the expectations I had going in. Pessl’s work in creating a backstory for Cordova is breathtaking, and as the story progressed I kept hoping she would use that great imagination as a building block for some incredible twist. In the end, the novel’s reveal fell flat and felt too simple, where I was looking for something more puzzling.

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