Chasing the legend
The work moves from thriller to horror to literary fiction as McGrath becomes embroiled in a mystery that may have a very scientific or an equally supernatural explanation.
Pessl moves from reality to illusion seamlessly making the reader feel every bit as confused as the central protagonist. If Cordova's films have a reputation for enabling the viewer to feel disorientated, unable to differentiate between real life and life onscreen, Pessl plays exactly the same game with her reader.
OK, some of the characterisation borders on the wooden. It is sometimes hugely over the top in true Grand Guignol style, and the ending seems rather weak, but there's lots to enjoy in this big tome. There's a wonderfully blackly comic edge to it which sometimes reduced me to giggles, and it can be incredibly scary, with some sections reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe. It might not be the best bit of fiction you've ever read, but if you're into thrillers and / or horror, I dare you not to enjoy it.
PS Don't read after dark!!!