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Book Review: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Happy UK Publication Day!!! US – you will need to wait a while longer, it’s out September 17th.

I have always been a fan of Linwood Barclay books but not picked one up in a while. I was delighted to receive his latest one as an ARC – thank you HQ/Harper Collins UK for my copy! It’s reminded me how much I enjoy his stories, I’ll be heading back to some of his previous work soon.

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Genre: Thriller

BUG Rating: 3.5/5 (rounded up to 4 on Good reads/Amazon)

Overall: The story starts off pretty intense and fast paced, then slows down quite a bit before picking up again. I was expecting more elevator scenes but regardless, it does take you on quite a ride! There’s a good deal of gruesome scenes as well as suspense, and it did keep me guessing until the end. If you’re looking for a new psychological thriller … look no further! Oh… and now I’m totally freaking out every time I step into an elevator!


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 and 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? 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 . . .


+ Some good twists

+ The multiple view points and character depth

+ Writing – loved the descriptive scenes you could really imagine yourself there


– Slow in parts, would have liked more intensity 

I received a free advanced copy of this book from HQ/Harper Collins UK in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own. 

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