Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay @HQstories @linwood_barclay

Book Description:

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 and 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? 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 . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

My Thoughts:

So, I have a small confession to make. This is my first introduction into this authors work. Shocking I know. I have heard so many great things and even have one of his books sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read. What a book to start with though. Brilliant is the first word that comes to mind to describe it.

If you’re lucky enough to not have a phobia about elevators, well you more than likely will have one by the time you finish this book. There’s something about a small confined space and relying totally on technology that gives you a sense of trepidation. The fact that in the space of a couple of days there are fatalities that involve elevators, it literally sent me running for the stairs.

The story centres around the Mayor of the city and Barbara who works for a newspaper, of which there is no love lost between these two characters. We get to see the busy lifestyle of someone in power and the behind the scenes of when things go wrong and a city desperate to lay the blame at someones feet. It sure does make for some compelling reading.

The sense of fear in people really stands out in the story. The suspense and tension was just electrifying and I couldn’t turn those pages quick enough to see who was responsible. There was more than a few jaw dropping moments where I had to go back and re read to fully comprehend what I had just read. Those moments are THE best! Woah I really need people to read this book as boy do I have to talk about it. Even thinking about them now, I can feel the build up of excitement it brought me.

Elevator Pitch is brilliant. Pure and simple. I absolutely loved it. This is a hands down must read and what a fantastic film it would make too. An exhilarating and intense read with plenty of thrills along the way. Be prepared to hold on tight!

My thanks to HQ Stories for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Elevator Pitch is available from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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