** Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Night Film is a complicated narrative that follows an investigative journalist’s obsessive search for why a young woman jumped to her death, a woman whose father is a director of horror films and a long-ago subject of the journalist’s, a misadventure that brought him a lawsuit and disgrace. The search takes him on a wild ride through New York, and eventually to the director-father’s estate and film studio, full of mysteries and goons. Some of the story is barely believable (black magic, really?), other pieces hang by a thread (such as the important question of why the journalist’s two helpers volunteer for the search mission), the fake realistic artifacts sprinkled throughout, of web sites, police reports, emails, get tedious, but it’s certainly an enticing story with a convincing double meaning.

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