mystery · suspense · thriller

Elevator Pitch – Linwood Barclay ★★★★★

Blurb; 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 Review; Now there was a massive hype about this book and plenty of raving reviews. So I had to check it out for myself, luckily I got a copy from the library. It is a huge book at over 400 pages, but I easily devoured over half of it in a day. I was not disappointed.

I hate when people say this but there is a huge, unexpected twist in this story which had me shook and gob smacked. Really. Never in a million years did I see it… It also gave me a fear of elevators aka Lifts in the UK. Eeek. Brilliant. Its gripping. Tense. Edge of your seat reading. You never know what’s going to happen next or when. Brilliantly written.

This went straight into my top twenty reads of the year. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. A must read from me. Impressed.

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