Night Film is both a delightful and a disorienting read. The novel follows a discredited journalist as he investigates the death of a cult filmmaker's daughter, but this is far from a straight forward mystery. The intrigue surrounding the death is coupled with a bitter history between the journalist and the filmmaker so the story soon spirals into layers of conspiracy that draw you in and hold on tight. The further I delved into this novel, the less I was able to distinguish truth (which the journalist was ostensibly seeking) from distraction (which the filmmaker was allegedly creating) because every clue could be interpreted with both an innocent explanation as well as a sinister motivation. Be prepared to question everything many times.
Pessl intersperses newspaper articles and other primary sources relevant to the investigation into the text, and although I am generally skeptical of that gimmick, I really liked it in this context. The sources helped to expand the world beyond the biases of the main characters and made me feel that I was diving headfirst into the investigation. It was like combining a novel with a Google search about its characters.
I first started reading Night Film over dinner and had planned to only read for a couple hours before going to bed early. That did not happen, partly because I was so caught up in the story and partly because stopping in the middle seemed like a recipe for nightmares. I highly recommend Night Film, but not as a bedtime story. Parts of it can be pretty unsettling so unless you are planning to finish it in one sitting as I did, I suggest reading it during daylight hours.
I plan on rereading Night Film and hope that you'll pick up a copy so we can chat about it in the comments. It is fascinating, terrifying, and you never quite know what is the reality. So find a sunny chair, grab a cup of tea, and get ready to start questioning everything.