Synopsis from Goodreads:
“One hell of a suspense novel.” —Stephen King
The New York Times bestselling author of A Noise Downstairs and No Time for Goodbye returns with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach—a heart-pounding tale in which a series of disasters paralyzes New York City with fear.
It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.
Right to the bottom of the shaft.
It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment—is plunged into chaos.
Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.
Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its ribbon-cutting on Thursday.
With each diabolical twist, Linwood Barclay ratchets up the suspense, building to a shattering finale. Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.
I received a copy of title tile via Edelweiss. It does not impact my review.
Elevator Pitch will be available September 17, 2019.
Linwood Barclay is one of my favorite authors and I always look forward to his books. I’m happy to say that Elevator Pitch did not disappoint.
I thought the idea of malfunctioning elevators in a city that relies on them so heavily was really interesting and I thought Barclay did a good job of creating a really suspenseful atmosphere. I even avoided using the elevators at work while I was reading this. I thought the mystery aspect was pretty well done, too. There are multiple possible suspects and a few red herrings that had me second guessing myself and I liked that.
Barclay’s books are always pretty character driven and this was no exception. I really liked detectives Bourque and Delgado. I would really love to see more books including them. I also enjoyed Mayor Headley and his aides, Valerie, Chris, and Glover, as well as journalist Barbara and her daughter, Arla. There was also a perspective from a domestic terrorist group leader. While it was intriguing, I recently finished another book that had a similar group and I’m kind of over the whole politics angle becoming more popular in books.
Overall, I really enjoyed Elevator Pitch. While I didn’t love the inclusion of politics and I felt the story was just a little longer than it needed to be, those were really my only issues with it. I loved the suspenseful atmosphere of the elevators and the characters. I am definitely looking forward to more from Barclay.
Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars
12 thoughts on “Review: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay”
You make this one sound great, but I don’t know that I could read it. I think it would make me stress every time I had to take an elevator!
It was very good. But yes, I will be avoiding elevators for awhile haha.
I hate taking elevators already so this book will probably scare me but I still plan on reading it. It sounds really good!
I enjoyed it! I thought it was more the type of book I expect from Barclay than A Noise Downstairs was.
I would definitely like to read this! I just read about another elevator book, The Escape Room. Do you know that one?
I definitely recommend this one. I didn’t love The Escape Room. It started off strong, but went downhill quick. I think I ended up giving it 3 stars, but it’s not really one I would recommend.
Thanks for the info – our library mystery group will be reading The Escape Room next year (I think June – that seems so far off!) When I read it, I’ll let you know what I think!
Hmmm the politics element might put me off, but I do love the sound of the story in general! Fab review. xx
Thank you! Thankfully the politics wasn’t a huge part of the story, though still more than I wanted. It was still a good book, though!
I laugh when I see you avoided using the elevators at work 😂😂 I also felt nervous when I had to take one 😂😂
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