Published by HQ on September 17, 2019
Format: eARC, Audiobook
Source: Net Galley, Library
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? 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 . . .
Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.
I mean wow! What a book! One thing for sure I don’t think I’ve ever gonna go in a lift ever ever ever again!
When I first started listening I had no idea what was going to happen. I didn’t read the blurb, I followed the hype for this book and boy am I glad! What an adventure!!!
From the opening scene, I felt nervous, but I think that’s mainly because of the book title, however, I had every frigging right to be nervous – jeez. I didn’t expect that to come.
But then straight away we are meshed between two detectives trying to solve a murder and a reporter trying to get a scoop. Again, still none the wiser on the journey.
Every chapter, Barclay amped up the intensity. Each time a lift was mentioned, I had to pause and shout at the characters to take the stairs, to run, go home, anything just don’t go in that lift!!!! I did love that Barclay did tease us a lot! One scene when the paramedics needed the lift, and the old lady tried to joyride the lift my heart was in my throat. I couldn’t listen anymore….just in case!!
It is funny how a book can play on your mind so much. I had to get in a lift the other day and for the first time, I was petrified!!
Every description and dialogue was necessary, even if it was a distraction, leading up to the shocking finale. Wow wow wow! That was not a finale I was expecting but it was blinking epic!! Barclay is not afraid to go against the grain here and he proved it because no one is safe.
So many different aspects I want to talk about but I don’t and won’t spoil the enjoyment and surprise for you. I devoured this audiobook as quickly as I could. I was hooked and kept wanting peace just to get back to it. It has everything I want in a book.
I had so many emotions with this book and heartbreak was one of them. I didn’t expect to feel that, but I did. My heart broke, my heart raced and my heart thudded with joy when it was over because you know it meant people were safe again!
I enjoyed the narrator, he is up there with my favourites of Dick Hill and Jeff Harding. Although there was a scene with Delgado and Burke and I felt when Delgado was delivering some really important news, Burke just seemed flat and there wasn’t the oomph or shock I was expecting. Apart from that, I would happily listen to Johnathan McClain anytime! An added touch with the audiobook is that you get to listen to a Q and A with Linwood Barclay at the end and that was fascinating.
So yes, go read or listen to it. Just maybe not in a lift…..
Until next time xxx
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