A Best Bet 2013 Pick!
What’s the most disturbing film you’ve ever seen? Nothing compares to the films of Stanislas
Cordova, the director at the center of this literary thriller. Scott McGrath is an investigative
journalist who has been obsessing over Cordova for years; when Cordova’s daughter ends up
dead, apparently from a suicide, it sets off a chain of events that lead to the doorstep of the
twisted mind of Cordova and his associates. Marisha Pessl’s sophomore effort relies on the dark
parts of your imagination as she details Cordova’s films and the investigation surrounding him.
It’s creepy and unnerving but with dashes of humor that help release the ever-escalating tension
of McGrath’s investigation. Pessl also uses modern social media and news websites in the novel
in unexpected ways that add to the element of reality. The book makes you feel like Cordova is
real and the darkness surrounding him might consume the reader as it does McGrath.