Book Review: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

I hadn’t read a Linwood Barclay book for a while, but when I saw the blurb I knew it was a must-read. I’m sure you’ll soon see why:

The blurb says:


It begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in Manhattan. Each presses the button for their floor, but the elevator climbs, non-stop, to the top where it pauses for a few seconds, before dropping.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again. And when Wednesday brings yet another catastrophe, New York, one of the most vertical cities in the world is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. But what do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line?

It will be a race against time for detectives Jerry Borque and Lois Delgado to find the answers before a deadly Friday night showdown.

Sounds like a gripping page-turner, doesn’t it? Well, it certainly is. I don’t get to read as much as I’d like to and often, it’s only a few pages just before I go to bed. But Linwood’s story had me hooked and there was no way I was only reading a few pages every day, so I zipped through it quite quickly.

It may not be as fast-paced as his earlier books, nor may the characters be as well-developed, but it’s entertaining with a great twist.

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8 Responses to Book Review: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

  1. Paul Mastaglio says:

    Read this, Esther. Absolutely brilliant. My last library book in March before lockdown. I take the stairs now. Cheers. Paul 😁

  2. This sounds very interesting, Esther. VEry frightening. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sarah says:

    This looks like a great book! 😃 When I first read the title I thought it was a non fiction book for writers on how to make the perfect elevator pitch. 🤣

  4. Rae Longest says:

    A bit too dark for me. Plus, I HATE elevators to begin with. This is the last thing I need to read. LOL

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