Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

I've read a few books by Linwood Barclay, he's one of my favourite writers. Elevator Pitch is up there with the best, with intriguing characters who have interesting backstory the tale is believable in a terrifying way - particularly if you have a fear of elevators! 

About Elevator Pitch


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 terrorise 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 Friday night ribbon-cutting.

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.

A great cast of characters, tension, humour and a thrilling ending; this book takes Linwood to new heights!

Mark Edwards

Thoughts on Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

From the moment you start reading you're thrown into a world where simply stepping into an elevator is a risky prospect. Day after day there are more 'accidents' involving elevators and people across the city are terrified. 

Having never lived in a high-rise city it was an interesting read for me, I don't like elevators at the best of times but imagining having to take the elevator every day with this kind of thing going on scared me to death!

...an action-packed, suspense-filled frenzy.

The detectives in the story were both great characters with Jerry Borque's issues indicating a serious incident in his past and Lois Delgado standing by his side as a good partner should but also pushing him to be better. Their search for clues takes them in an interesting direction which made me suspect a certain character. Throughout the book I was certain I suspected the right character but it turned out I was wrong about my suspicions (one of the best reveleations!) and was taken aback by how that was revealed.

The end is shocking and the best part of the book. I couldn't put it down. The last few chapters flew by in an action-packed, suspense-filled frenzy.

I always enjoy reading Linwood Barclay books and Elevator Pitch was no different. I sped through the chapters and was sad to see it end. If you're a fan of intrigue and suspense you'll love Elevator Pitch. Why not give it a go?

You can buy Elevator Pitch from Waterstones, Amazon, or download the ebook.

Have you read any other Linwood Barclay books?

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