“One of the best books I've read in a while. The story was extremely captivating and the characters where very well written. Although things unraveled a little bit toward the end of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.”Abby C wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I heard from two other that read this book that they didn't like the ending. Then they didn't understand, the book ended exactly like a Cordova film ended, with an ambiguous ending, allowing you to make your own conclusions. I thought the ending was necessary. I gave this book a 4/5 because a few parts were slow. ”Kaitlyn wrote this review 7 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Incredible book from start to finish. Just when I thought I had everything figured out there would be another twist. Loved this one. I also recommend downloading the app for the extras.”BookwormErin wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dark and mysterious with a lot of twists and turns. Heavy on the dialog. ”mandymcld wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well written but 500 pages later, I'm still not sure whether I liked it. Prize-winning author or not, I am not inspired to read her other book...”Holly M wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dark, very dark”Sherilyn W wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Except for an excessive amount of italics I liked this. The italics became distracting to me.”beadology wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Scott McGrath is an investigative journalist who is learning to deal with the disgrace, not to mention the financial hit, of being successfully sued by the object of his investigation several years previously. Stanislas Cordova is an iconic, but extremely reclusive film maker of movies so scary that they have left the mainstream far behind and are only shown at private screenings to his fans...folks who love to be scared almost to death by the movie experience and then haunted by the memory for who knows how long.
So when Scott is told that Cordova's daughter has apparently committed suicide, he ought to have steered way clear of asking any questions. But he can't help but remember the mysterious phone call of several years prior that had started his ruinous pursuit of Cordova. The caller, who identified himself as an employee of Cordova, had said, "There is something he does to the children..."
Was it really suicide, or was Ashley the victim of a powerful family who dealt with her independence by eliminating her completely in an effort to protect their precious but mysterious privacy? And what appalling secrets may have died with Ashley? McGrath is drawn into the mystery the way movie fans are drawn into a Cordova film.
Soon the reader, not to mention McGrath, is pondering what is real, what is a lie, and what is imagined. There are plenty of frightening moments and the urge to read more slowly so as not to miss any of the myriad of clues from old photos, old newspapers and the elusive interviews with people who have spent time with the Cordovas is always there. Some of these people acted in Cordova movies, but are forever changed by the experience, and usually have left the movie business behind.
This is long, absorbing, and leaves the reader pondering the rich and intricate plotting, and the unexpected (by me, at least) ending. There is closure, but still a desire to remain in the story, thinking even more about those mysterious Cordovas. You'll be glad you read it, especially if you like a thriller that makes you think, even when it is scaring you just a little bit, too. ”
“Unreadable. I tried to get interested, and succeeded briefly, but ultimately the gimmicks, immature prose, and her persistent italicizing of words for stress, were too much. Her reach exceeded her grasp. Gave up after 100 pgs or so.
This novel has divided critics as being either brilliant or ridiculously self-indulgent, attention seeking, and contrived . . . ”