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Marisha Pessl: Death of literary mystery in digital age

31 December 2013 Last updated at 09:22 GMT

Mystery and intrigue have been a staple of storytelling for millennia - but are there any secrets in a digital age?

American thriller writer Marisha Pessl says that technology makes it hard to sustain surprise in literature because fictional characters can turn to Google or social media to find out more about an enemy or potential lover.

"Some of the greatest classics of all time hinge on the fact that information was not immediately forthcoming," she says.

But the author of Night Film has also turned to the internet to give readers an experience that goes beyond the book. She took the BBC on a tour of some of the real-life New York locations which play a starring role in the psychological thriller.

Produced by the BBC's Anna Bressanin

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