Marissa Dahl is a successful film editor and to say she’s socially awkward is a serious understatement. Her brain is just wired differently but thanks to her lasting friendship with Amy, her college and current roommate who is a an award-winning director, Marissa hasn’t had to worry about selling herself for new projects…until now. A fractured relationship with Amy’s current boyfriend has Marissa out on her own and accepting a new strange assignment with a director she fears might not be over their last embarrassing encounter. Once she arrives on location, she finds that things aren’t only strange but downright sinister.
I have such mixed feelings about the story. What really worked for me was the narrator, Julia Whelan who is one of the best in the field. She helped me “get” Marissa and the craziness of how her brain works. There are a lot of back-and-forth transitions that she managed skillfully, allowing me to keep track of where I was every time. I also loved the humor as there were so many occasions where I laughed out loud. The dialogue was often pithy, which is something I adore and was glad it wasn’t lost on me. What didn’t work so well was the mystery. After a time, it just got convoluted. While I love the podcast moments (those teenagers were a stitch), they made it more difficult.
I enjoyed the story but wish it hadn’t taken on so many tangents. If you’re familiar with the film industry, you’ll recognize all of the technical jargon as I certainly learned a lot. It completely changed my perception of the role of the film editor. Finally, I loved that ending. It was perfection.
- Release Date: February 25, 2020
- Narrator: Julia Whelan
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 35 minutes
- Publisher: Penguin Audio