Author: Marisha Pessl
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.
Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.
Rating: 🌑 🌑 🌑 🌑
Holy freaking… 🤕 this was my head when I was reading this book.
When I read the synopsis I knew it was right up my alley. I’ve always loved books that have your heart racing through the motions. That creep the heck out of you, books that have you questioning everything. And let me tell you, this page turner of a book will leave you with more questions than answers.
One of the things I very much appreciated was that questions were answered slowly with tiny snippets of hints here and there. The author gives you just enough to turn the page only to leave you even more confused than you were before. Some books give you not a single thing the entire time and then BAM! clutter your brain with overwhelming info-dumping right at the end (and boy do I have one in mind… the review will be up soon). Halfway through the book, I think I forgot to enjoy reading it and was just racing to the finish line to find out just what the heck was going on!
I thought the lead character, Scott McGrath played his part well. He’s your average ex-reporter who’s basically lost everything (ruined his career, lost his job, his wife, custody of his daughter and his self-respect) all in the name of ‘the truth’… or digging out the truth if you will and of course, his decision-making skills are…not alway the best to say the least. He is completely blinded by his utter disdain for Cordova that he’s prepared to dig himself back into the hole he once succeeded in doing so. His two sidekicks, the aspiring actress Nora and the mysterious Hooper were amazing in their own way.
One of the most gripping parts of the book is the character of Stanislas Cordova. A downright creepy character you never get to meet yet you can’t help but be freaked by. He is creepy as hell! eerie through and through.
My one drawback is that at times it felt so unnecessarily LONG! there were some parts where it took almost ten pages just to describe something! It could’ve been condensed and still wouldn’t have taken anything away from the story.