Seven years after Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Pessl returns with a novel as twisted and intelligent as that lauded debut. Again, the story centers on a father-daughter relationship, but this time the sinister element is front and center, beginning … see full wiki
This is a very strange, and creepy, book. It begins when the body of Ashley Cordova, daughter of a famous (or infamous) director is found at the bottom of an elevator shaft. The death is considered to be a suicide, but a disgraced journalist who has had a run-in with Ashley's father in the past, decides to investigate. Along the way he is accompanied by a flighty young girl and a hippie-type stoner, who each have their own reasons for being involved.
To move the plot along, there are pages of photos and newspaper and magazine articles about Ashley and her father, and the gleanings from a disturbing web site dedicated to the director's films. The search takes the intrepid trio through some very odd places, and they meet with very odd people, who, after they contribute to the search, seem to disappear into thin air. The reporter is convinced that the director, whom he considers a malevolent force, is manipulating events for his own, unknown, purposes.
There are some very exciting scenes, and some scenes of stark terror. The ending is quite enigmatic, but that's how things tend to be in real life. Nothing ever fits neatly into reality. I definitely enjoyed this book, and read it steadily so as to know what was going to happen on the next pages. I believe that you will also like to read it, as long as you don't have a faint heart, or are afraid of things that go bump in the night.