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Night Film by Marisha Pessel

When a daughter of a renowned but incredibly secretive director is found dead, the circumstances are as mysterious as her father. An investigative journalist, Scott McGrath, doesn’t believe the police’s ruling of suicide and takes up the case for himself. Soon life will begin to unfold in a psychological thriller much like the movies that are impossible to ignore in the backdrop of his investigation.
This book is fairly long but it didn’t feel that way. I was so entranced by the story that I never wanted to put it down. Even though the story takes place sometime in the 2000s, I felt like I was taking part in a 1950s film noir.

Reserve your copy of “Night Film” on Overdrive/Libby here

Read-alike titles:
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle: A man working at a video store in 1990s in a small town is reluctantly pulled into a mystery involved a filmed crime that turns up on the store’s VHS tapes.
Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar: An archivist becomes obsessed with the subject of her work’s death, thereby threatening her grasp on reality.
Security by Gina Wohlsdorf: There’s no way anyone can get into a posh hotel event without an invitation since they’ve gone all out on security. So how does a killer manage to get in?

Marisha Pessel clearly takes a lot of inspiration of the illusive director character from Alfred Hitchcock so if you’re interested in learning more about the real man, you can stream, “Alfred Hitchcock: More Than Just a Profile” on Kanopy here.


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