Marisha Pessl's new novel, "Night Film," spins the narrative of journalist Scott McGrath as he investigates the death of a young woman in lower Manhattan. During his work, he starts to understand the story of the woman's father, cult horror-film director Stanislas Cordova.
"'Night Film' is about subcultures, and in our overexposed world these sects and belief systems still exist," Pessl told The Huffington Post. "I like to know how things are connected beyond what we see immediately. We need more unknown and we need more shadows because now everything is so overexposed and we know everything about everyone. Creating Cordova was a way to counteract all of that and bring mystery back. It is with the unknown that we are allowed to use our imagination and really dig deep in terms of what motivates people."
"Night Film" is accompanied by a number of multimedia elements, including an app to decode images in the book and a trailer:
Read an excerpt of the book at NPR.