Synopsis from HarperCollins:
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: Elevator Pitch is a mystery thriller written by Linwood Barclay. It will be published on 9/17/2019 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, hardcover, 464 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Elevator Pitch on 9/5/2019 and finished it on 9/11/2019. This book is an excellent read though it has a bit of a slow start. After reading this book, the elevator now gives me the creeps. I almost feel excited that I don’t have to use the elevator anytime soon until I went to my doctor appointment and then I had to get on one. I immediately thought about this book and felt nervous the entire ride. I like following Barbara’s view. She’s a strong independent woman who doesn’t feel afraid to speak her mind. Normally I don’t like books with a lot of views but in this case it helps to understand what each person is thinking before they die if their character is short lived. Definitely interesting to learn more about New York reading this book. I like that it’s considered as the vertical city since there are many tall buildings.
This book begins with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following Stuart, 38 as he waits around by the elevator under a disguise for Sherry, Producer, to pitch her into giving him a chance to be the newest screenwriter. After he, Sherry and two other people got on the elevator, it begins to have problems. The book then started with Barbara Matheson, journalist who brought to light a new allegation against Mayor Headley of NYC. The second view is Detective Jerry Bourque, 40 who came out to look at the new murder scene. The third view is Garnet aka Bucky who is a member of the Flyover group. The fourth view is the anonymous boy who hangs around his ill mom written in italicized. The fifth view is Fanya, a visiting scientist from Russia who lives on the 28th floor. She’s waiting for the elevator to go down and feeling mad at the children and their parents for keeping the elevator. This book is organized from Monday to Friday. The sixth view is Headley, NYC Mayor. The seventh view is Alexander, Russia Ambassador. The eight view is Glover, advisor and son of the mayor. The ninth view is Eugene, an older figure that Bucky looks up to and is the leader of The Flyover group. The tenth view is Chris who works for the mayor. The eleventh view is Arla, Barbara’s daughter. The twelfth view is Anjelica who invited Eugene for an interview on TV. The thirteenth view is Elliot as he and his partner from Canada wait for the elevator to arrive at their 15th floor. There are more other small characters I won’t list them all.
Elevator Pitch is very well written and most definitely an interesting read. I love the reminder about how our eyes are always glued to the phone and how it could harm us if we don’t watch where we are going. The simple thing about elevator being made into a scary ride is excellent. The author is sure creative. I enjoyed all of the different scenarios of how an elevator can cause an accident. “Eyebrows like mutant caterpillars,” haha Love that description! Love the unexpected twists, Jerry not ducking, and Barbara’s touchdown. I like how the ending tie to the prologue, pitching an idea in an elevator. I recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: elevator, terrorist acts, mobile phones, page turner, New York City, some humor, lesson learned at the end
Con: bit of a slow start
I rate it 5 stars!
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. (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to William Morrows for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.