Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay @netgalley @hqstories Publication Day 5th of September 2019

Genre: General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers


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.

About The Author

Linwood Barclay is the author of eighteen previous novels, and two thrillers for children. A New York Times bestselling author, his books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw it Coming and his book The Accident has been made into a TV series in France. His novel No Time for Goodbye was a global bestseller. Born and raised in Connecticut, he now lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha.

My Thoughts


When I saw this book on Netgalley I knew I had to have it. It sounded so exciting and thrilling. So, when I got approved for the e-arc (thank you Netgalley for my copy in exchange of an honest review) I was eager to get started.

It starts of with a dead fingerless body, followed by an elevator losing control and plunging 4 people to their deaths. There then follows a few more elevator deaths. Now, given this story is set in New York a heavily populated vertical city where people are dependent on elevators (I’m going to call them lifts from now on because I’m not American) There is a sense of fear as to who is behind all this.

But, the middle of this book just dragged and didn’t do it for me, I did consider giving up but I did want to know if I had guessed correctly the culprit. I knew it was definitely down to two characters, I didn’t know why with one but I was right.

It did feel that there was just too many characters in this book and not enough development to give us a connection with them. I understand that the Flyovers where put in there as a red herring, or were they because we were told quite early they were only involved in the bombings. Which was very few.

It did have elements of a good thriller. Hated mayor, a son who wanted to impress, a blood thirsty journalist, mysterious men telling families to keep quiet, a cop struggling with past troubles, the Flyover group, another man trying to impress his peer, a blossoming romance, a mother/daughter relationship that was tense. As you can see there was a lot going on, but a bit too much for one story.

So, here lies my problem this story had everything that I want in a book but I wasn’t overly thrilled with it. What kept it from being a 2 star for me was the descriptions of the deaths and that very thrilling ending. They were what made the book.

Just an afterthought, a major bug bear for me was the fact that the mayor didn’t recognise Barbara, just because she had in her words dyed her hair and put on a bit of weight. He only realised who she was when she mentioned her maiden name. This was very unrealistic, given she was in his life a lot hounding him and the very fact he remembered who Maude was.

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