‘You should read ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay as soon as possible. It’s one hell of a suspense novel’ STEPHEN KING
‘This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and ELEVATOR PITCH is a shameless good time’ JOE HILL
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 to 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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Well, this is my first ever Linwood Barclay book so now I am biting at the reins to get stuck into the others that I have already in my bookcase. Firstly, I loved the play on words with the title as a young man was trying to ‘pitch’ his book to a would-be publisher while they were in the elevator and then, of course, the elevator ‘pitch’ as it plummeted toward the ground floor at tremendous speed. What an opening! Well to say I was shocked just wouldn’t hack it!
Once can be put down to a fault but when it happens again, then the question becomes whose fault? It isn’t long before fear becomes a reality for anyone in the city that uses an elevator. I must admit that I loved the build-up to the actual drop and especially the additional drama with the second elevator, that ok you could see coming but whoa it still got me when it happened.
Now Manhattan is just one sky scrapper of sky scrapper block of buildings with a hundred plus floors. The race is on to find the person responsible for the deaths of, so far influential victims but were they the targets or just a means to an end? Police, newspaper reporters, and the Mayor all have their hopes on finding the person or group responsible.
There are additional storylines taking place too with their own little twists. There were some pretty neat surprises too. Nice touch! I loved Barbara, the persistent reporter, and Detective Bourque and Delgado who were assigned to investigate what the hell was going on! The story dips into the past which explains present-day relationships.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.
Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. He is currently working with eOne to turn the Promise Falls trilogy into a series. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children.