Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I’ve enjoyed all of Linwood Barclay’s novels that I’ve read, so I was curious about this one.

Well, I’ll tell you right now, I won’t see elevators the same way anymore! No, no, no!

Accidents happen with elevators (yes, you see where I’m going with this). People die. We’re going to follow several characters who are connected in some way to everything that’s going on. I had a little trouble keeping up with all these characters, I’m not a fan of multiple points of view, but I have to say that once I got past the beginning, I became attached to each of them and was looking forward to finding out what was going to happen and most importantly, who was responsible for all these murders. However, I did not expect such a culprit, it is well found!

I recommend this thriller if you want to have a good time. Well, there’s this thing with the elevators now and I keep wondering if it’s possible to do what was done… but… I hope not!

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