One Hell Of A Suspense Novel Stephen KingThe 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. In Elevator Pitch, Linwood Barclay writes brilliantly about the fear and mayhem experienced by New Yorkers when elevators appear to take on a life of their own, killing all those on board.It begins when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower Each of them have pressed a button for their particular floor, but the elevator ascends right to the top, stops for a few seconds and then plummets right to the bottom of the shaft On Tuesday it happens again in another building Wednesday yet another high rise tragedy occurs, plunging the city into complete chaos Elevators are closed throughout the city people are unable to work medical emergencies on top floor apartments go unanswered, but just who is responsible Is it a terrorist organisation, or the Russians, or an individual with some ulterior motive One thing s for sure, the perpetrators need to be caught, and fast, or the whole of New York and its economy will be brought to it s knees.I think what makes this a compelling read is, that given the high tech world in which we now live, I can imagine that this scenario could be entirely plausible, and one can only imagine the adverse effects on the financial markets and of society as a whole.This was a gripping read, and it s literally no smooth ride, as the story picks up ever speed, bowls along, broadens out and takes the reader on a journey to hell With expert use of smoke and mirrors, I never did guess who was behind these horrific events, and as expected, Barclay carries the plot forward to a thrilling climax Thank you to Netgalley and HQ for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange Linwood Barclay writes an intense, dark and fast paced thriller set in the most vertical city in the world, New York has skyscrapers than anywhere else, with elevators a critical requirement for almost everyone in their daily lives In a terrifying premise that has all the hallmarks of realistic possibility, it begins on a Monday in Morris Lansing s building, an elevator goes crazy, leaving four people dead Elevator accidents happen, they are rare, it is at first assumed that this is just such a tragedy However, on Tuesday, there is another elevator accident that results in a gruesome death The ambitious mayor, Richard Wilson Headley and his team are to find themselves under extreme stress and pressure as evidence emerges that these may not be unfortunate tragedies, it seems someone has embarked on the path of creating terror, fear and mayhem Headley finds himself in the midst of a crisis as he orders all elevators to be shut until essential checks are made, bringing the city to a standstill, whilst die who rely on elevators.Barbara Matheson is a journalist who has made life difficult for the mayor, she loses a friend in the first elevator disaster She wants to know who is behind the attacks, surely there are easier ways to cause death and mayhem She is shocked when her daughter, Arla, finds herself a job in the mayoral office, and concerned by comments left on her articles by someone calling themselves Going Down An alt right group calling themselves, The Flyovers, headed by Eugene Clement, is suspected of explosions in coastal cities like Boston Clement and his wife have arrived in New York, ostensibly for their wedding anniversary, but clearly there is another agenda NYPD Detectives Jerry Bourque and his partner, Lois Delgado, find themselves on the scene of a murdered man, near the railtracks The man s face has been destroyed and his fingertips have been cut off, someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to prevent him being identified Why Barclay ratchets up the tension with skill with his short chapters, providing the reader with a myriad of colourful and interesting characters, and the best possible location to illustrate just how much peoples reliance on elevators can be exploited to deadly effect, and fan the fears of all who live in one of the most important cities in the US This is a high octane intense read, full of suspense and tension, and effortlessly gripping This is for all those who love their crime thrillers, written by an experienced author who can be relied on to provide the necessary thrills and chills Many thanks to HQ for an ARC. 2.5 STARS rounded to 3I m keeping this brief, because it s obvious from my rating that this one just wasn t for me, and I think it s because I was expecting something a bit fast paced with elevator scenes I will say that I appreciate so much that the author put a lot of time and effort into proper research of local NYC haunts that my friends who live in the city said meant so much to them I ll always be a huge fan of Barclay s, and not every book by an author will appeal to every reader I say pick this one up for yourself and see what you think Arc provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Whoa, what a ride After reading this book I ll guarantee you wont want to get into an elevator for a long, long time New York is in a state of chaos Someone has sabotaged an elevator in Manhattan Then there s another incidentand another Before long the city is in a panic and the mayor has put an embargo on the use of all elevators, effectively bringing the city to a halt Who is behind the sabotage And why Does it have something to do with a taxi that was blown up Well, you ll have to read this book to find out Like the elevators in this book in freefall, you ll find yourself devouring the pages with great speed It s quite fast paced, but it s not all action, as we get to know the stories of those involved, from the detective on the case, the reporter covering it, even the mayor himself So strap yourselves in and hold on tight Meanwhile, I ll be taking the stairsMy thanks to Harper Collins Australia for an uncorrected proof to read and review The opinions are entirely my own. I might be opting for the stairs for awhile Someone is messing with the elevators in NYC, which gave me a sudden sense of horror I know I m going to think about this book the next time I step into one.There are quite a few characters in this book and it is longer than most, but I was wrapped up in the mysteries and it was certainly a page turner Turns out that Barclay is the master of chapter cliff hangers too Let the mayhem begin There are two police partners investigating the crimes and they added intrigue and I was rooting for them along the way Loved these two The tension and suspense increased as the pages turned.Feel like some intense suspense mixed with some intriguing characters Pick this one up for a thrill ride Thanks to EW for my review copy OUT 9 17 19 It s one thing to get stuck in an elevator, it s another thing to, well, have it plummet picking up speed going faster and faster until.Manhattan, a city of skyscrapers, so many elevators, so many people, so many ways for things to go wrong It all begins when four people are in an elevator that plummets to the bottom of the shaft It s not going to be the only one There will be others What first looks like a tragedy, soon begins to look like an act of terror Someone is behind all these elevator mishaps Who and why There is a fair amount of characters in this book with the main plot and subplots going on, which of course had me guessing how they were all related There was one subplot that, although interesting, upon finishing the book, I didn t feel was even necessary A plus, for me, were the characters relevant to the story I enjoyed Barbara and Detective Bourque the most I loved flawed characters Let s face it, they are interesting, and I always want to root for them The writing was solid and apart from feeling that one subplot wasn t necessary, I enjoyed the book I will probably remember this book the next time I step in an elevator Plus, this book did teach me to never step forward when an elevator door opens until I am sure the elevator is actually there nuff said.This is a solid book with underlying tension by Barclay Not my favorite by this author but still enjoyable with mounting tension as the book reaches its conclusion 3.5 starsThank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. Do you have a fear of elevators No You will after reading this book Someone is sabotaging the elevators in the high rise buildings of New York City The casualties are piling up What elevator is next Do you trust the one you re about to step on with Nope, not me This is a fast paced thriller that kept me guessing throughout Is it personal Random Or is this the work of a homegrown terrorist group I ve been reading Linwood Barclay books for years and he never disappoints They are always intricate thrillers that captivate me from start to end I m already looking forward to his next Thank you to Edelweiss Harper Collins William Morrow and Linwood Barclay for an ARC to read and review. EXCERPT The elevator car maintained its slow descent.It did not stop at the lobby level It continued, slowly, on its inexorable downward path.The injured man, no longer visible, could be heard shouting, Make it stop Stop the f ing thing Frantically, the security guard, unable to think of anything else to do, kept jabbing at the button Come on Stop, you son of a bitch The top of the elevator car now dropped below the level of the lobby florr The screams from the man in the pit grew intense, and were joined by the woman A bone chilling, two person chorus of death The elevator car, like some cunning animal moving in on its prey, maintained its slow descent until it finally came to a stop.The screaming ceased.ABOUT THIS BOOK 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 Friday night ribbon cutting.MY THOUGHTS Not the most chilling novel I have read about elevators I will still ride them, but pretty damned good The chapters are short, tension filled, and to the point Linwood Barclay doesn t muck aroundno detours, no side roads, no sight seeing Its wham, bam, thank you ma am, get your teeth into this, do up your seat beat, and hold on tight Barclay keeps us guessing as to who is behind the elevator attacks there are plenty of possibilities ISIS The Flyovers or is it someone closer to home Is the car bombing related And where will they strike next Will it be your building Questions buzzed around my brain the whole time I was reading, but Mr Barclay kindly answered them all by the end.As I have said occasionally in the past, the scariest thing is.this could happen Probably will happen at some point Maybe I won t ride elevators after all THE AUTHOR Linwood Barclay is the 1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels for adults, including No Time for Goodbye, Trust Your Eyes and, most recently, A Noise Downstairs He has also written two novels for children and screenplays.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Harlequin Australia MIRA via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay for review All opinions expressed in this review are my own personal opinions.For an explanation of my rating system please visit my profile page on Goodreads.com, or the about page on Sandysbookaday.wordpress.com.This review is also published on Twitter, and my webpage Confession time Elevator Pitch was my first Linwood Barclay book I know, I know I am a shocker Once I started this book I did not want to put it down, it was all I could think about I am absolutely a fan of this writer now and I will be looking for books by him This book completely sucked me and it scared me Getting into an elevator was something that I started to dread, and honestly contemplated taking the stairs What happens in this book is scary because it could happen You will never look at an elevator the same way again after reading this book.New York City the most vertical city in the world Home of the tallest skyscrapers and buildings that are inhabited by millions of people So when the elevators in these buildings start to malfunction all hell breaks loose It starts with one on a Monday morning 4 people get in and press their floors But the elevator races to the very top, before plummeting to the very bottom at a very fast pace kind of like the Guardians of the Galaxy ride at California Adventure at Disneyland Only this is not a ride you want to be on This is just the start of the terror The next day and the day after that elevator incidents happen in Manhattan and the city is frightened People are afraid to go to work or leave their apartments The mayors office is under pressure to shut all the elevators down which will basically shut the city down All the while 2 NYPD detectives are looking into the murder of a man whose fingers have been cut off and left on the high line Are the 2 things connected Who is doing this and why Journalist Barbara Matheson is like a dog with a bone with this story and nothing will get in her way to get the headline Can they make the city safe again before Friday when the tallest tower in New York is set to open Thanks to Harlequin HQ Book Club for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased. This was an interesting one and, having read it, I may never look at an elevator in the same way again Especially one in a high rise building.There were some very inventive details and a few very gory deaths The author used his imagination fully to create original and amazing ways to die in an elevator incident I was completely fooled by the ending There was one huge red herring which made me think I was very clever until I was not Very well done and definitely worth a read.
- 464 pages
- Elevator Pitch
- Linwood Barclay
- 20 January 2017 Linwood Barclay