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Elevator Pitch

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  506 ratings  ·  271 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of A Noise Downstairs and No Time for Goodbye returns with an edge-of-your-seat thriller that does for elevators what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for the beach—a heart-pounding tale in which a series of disasters paralyzes New York City with fear.

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan offic
ebook, 464 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by William Morrow
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In Elevator Pitch, Linwood Barclay writes brilliantly about the fear and mayhem experienced by New Yorkers when elevators appear to take on a life of their own, killing all those on board.

It begins when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each of them have pressed a button for their particular floor, but the elevator ascends right to the top, stops for a few seconds and then plummets right to the bottom of the shaft. On Tuesday it happens again in another building . Wednes
Kylie D
Whoa, what a ride. After reading this book I'll guarantee you wont want to get into an elevator for a long, long time. New York is in a state of chaos. Someone has sabotaged an elevator in Manhattan. Then there's another incident...and another. Before long the city is in a panic and the mayor has put an embargo on the use of all elevators, effectively bringing the city to a halt. Who is behind the sabotage? And why? Does it have something to do with a taxi that was blown up? Well, you'll have to ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Linwood Barclay writes an intense, dark and fast paced thriller set in the most vertical city in the world, New York has more skyscrapers than anywhere else, with elevators a critical requirement for almost everyone in their daily lives. In a terrifying premise that has all the hallmarks of realistic possibility, it begins on a Monday in Morris Lansing's building, an elevator goes crazy, leaving four people dead. Elevator accidents happen, they are rare, it is at first assumed that this is just ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie
2.5 STARS rounded to 3

I'm keeping this brief, because it's obvious from my rating that this one just wasn't for me, and I think it's because I was expecting something a bit more fast paced with more elevator scenes. I will say that I appreciate so much that the author put a lot of time and effort into proper research of local NYC haunts that my friends who live in the city said meant so much to them. I'll always be a huge fan of Barclay's, and not every book by an author will appeal to every rea
Holly  B
I might be opting for the stairs for awhile.

Someone is messing with the elevators in NYC, which gave me a sudden sense of horror . I know I'm going to think about this book the next time I step into one.

There are quite a few characters in this book and it is longer than most, but I was wrapped up in the mysteries and it was certainly a page-turner. Turns out that Barclay is the master of chapter cliff-hangers too!  Let the mayhem begin....

There are two police partners investigating the crime
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
It's one thing to get stuck in an elevator, it’s another thing to, well, have it plummet-picking up speed-going faster and faster-until ....

Manhattan, a city of skyscrapers, so many elevators, so many people, so many ways for things to go wrong. It all begins when four people are in an elevator that plummets to the bottom of the shaft. It's not going to be the only one. There will be others. What first looks like a tragedy, soon begins to look like an act of terror. Someone is behind all these e
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Do you have a fear of elevators? No? You will after reading this book!

Someone is sabotaging the elevators in the high rise buildings of New York City. The casualties are piling up! What elevator is next? Do you trust the one you’re about to step on with? Nope, not me!!

This is a fast paced thriller that kept me guessing throughout! Is it personal? Random? Or is this the work of a homegrown terrorist group??

I’ve been reading Linwood Barclay books for years and he never disappoints! They are alway
Mandy White
Confession time - Elevator Pitch was my first Linwood Barclay book! I know, I know I am a shocker. Once I started this book I did not want to put it down, it was all I could think about. I am absolutely a fan of this writer now and I will be looking for more books by him. This book completely sucked me and it scared me! Getting into an elevator was something that I started to dread, and honestly contemplated taking the stairs. What happens in this book is scary because it could happen! You will ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
This was an interesting one and, having read it, I may never look at an elevator in the same way again. Especially one in a high rise building.

There were some very inventive details and a few very gory deaths. The author used his imagination fully to create original and amazing ways to die in an elevator incident. I was completely fooled by the ending. There was one huge red herring which made me think I was very clever - until I was not. Very well done and definitely worth a read.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
You've heard the saying..

Once is chance
Twice is Coincidence
Third Time is a pattern..

It all begins on Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower, and the elevator proceeds, non-stop to the top, pausing briefly, before plummeting right to the bottom of the shaft.

It seemed like another horrific, but random, tragedy for the World's most vertical city.

Till, it happens again in a different skyscraper on Tuesday.

And, then there is yet another catastrophe involving a high r
As one elevator after another malfunctioned and people were killed, the mayor of New York, Richard Headley was trying to calm the people of his city. But Headley’s decision to shut down all elevators – in a city that was mainly vertical – meant chaos ensued. Who was causing this? And why?

NYPD Detectives Delgado and Bourque were investigating the brutal death of an elevator mechanic when suddenly the links to the two connected. And reporter Barbara Matheson, for Manhattan Today, was asking quest
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading this, you'll never look at an elevator the same way, and if you're smart you'll certainly never step into one without looking first.

It all began on a Monday in Manhattan, when an elevator accident caused four people to plummet to their deaths. At least it was thought to be an accident until another elevator accident happened on Tuesday followed by a third on Wednesday. The Mayor's office is in a spin - who is targeting elevators and will there be any more incidents? Do they keep qu
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ew
How is it possible to read two thrillers based on malfunctioning elevators in one month? I don’t know. I definitely don’t have a thing for elevator thrillers and I certainly would prefer not to develop a fear of elevators. But there it is. I read The Escape Room a few weeks ago, and now I just read Elevator Pitch, and I might just have to start taking the stairs...

Joking aside, I quite enjoyed Elevator Pitch. It starts with one nasty elevator incident in New York, and then another... The story f
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This stand alone novel by one of my favourite authors Linwood Barclay was good but not great. It started well and the end was dramatic and very good but a lot of what came between did not do it for me.
The book start with four people getting into an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. They all press the buttons to indicate their destination but the elevator proceeds to the top of the building before pausing and then plummeting to the bottom. This appears to be an horrific accident until the fol
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Someone in New York City is targeting elevators in high rise buildings and people are being killed when the elevator gets out of control. Also terrorists are setting off bombs in public places.
Detectives Bourque and Delgado have been assigned to help with these incidents and to see if they are connected.
Mayor Headley is desperately trying to sort out this mess and Journalist Barbara Matheson is determined to make things difficult for him.
A fast paced thriller that I enjoyed with some really goo
Dannii Elle
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
You board the elevator, just like you do every morning. Your eyes are glued to your smartphone as you tap from news site, to weather app, to social media feeds and back again. You take little notice of the others surrounding you and they are all immersed inside their own virtual morning routines. But something sparks you out of it. The elevator is not moving. You jab impatiently at the ground floor button but the elevator does not move. When it finally does it rises, away from your conjoined des ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
As someone who has been stuck in an elevator twice in NYC, this book really has me side eyeing all the elevators I may be going on (you canNOT avoid them in this city)... and let's be real - I'm too lazy for stairs so I guess I'll just be taking my chances! ;)

I loved Barclay's A Noise Downstairs and was so excited for this copy of Elevator Pitch and once again, the author gives us a binge worthy dive into a thrilling world where one of the characters has my exact birthday AND he references place
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
So, I have a small confession to make. This is my first introduction into this authors work. Shocking I know. I have heard so many great things and even have one of his books sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read. What a book to start with though. Brilliant is the first word that comes to mind to describe it.

If you’re lucky enough to not have a phobia about elevators, well you more than likely will have one by the time you finish this book. There’s something about a small confined space and rel
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
FEAR OF ELEVATORS? CLAUSTROPHOBIC? Skip Barclay's Elevator Pitch. BUT....If you want a fantastic read with disjointed characters that lead to an array of suspects and events DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS NOVEL. Barclay must have an amazing story board for this novel that brings panic to NYC. Pages are full of what happens when a vertical city is suddenly unable to safely use this transporting room. A copy of this book was provided by Harper Collins Publishers via NetGalley with no requirements for a re ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

There is something deliciously safe yet still scary reading about one of your fears isn’t there?
I cant stand lifts/elevators and so absolutely couldn’t wait to read about something I could MORE than imagine
Even if your not wary of lifts everyone knows that somersault tummy moment when the door of the lift doesn’t open quite quickly enough and you wonder......
In Elevator Pitch you meet ‘normal’ people who are in lifts whilst New York is suffering a spate of tragic accidents relating to lifts, li
Louise Wilson
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story takes place in Manhattan. An elevator from a high height to the basement kill all but one of its passengers. That happened on the Monday. On the Tuesday, another high-rise elevator crashes. The city is in chaos. It's thought to be an act of terrorism. A body has also been found with his fingertips removed. The mayor calls for elevators to be shut down until the reason behind the elevator crashes can be found.

I like Linwood Barclay for several reasons. I like his style in writing, how
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Actions have consequences. Maybe not overnight. Maybe not in a week, or a month or even a decade...Eventually, things have a way of balancing out."

Things become anything but normal in New York when there are 3 separate incidents involving elevators located inside Manhattan skyscrapers that result in deaths. The city's residents are mildly interested and guess there's some sort of connection between these events but total panic really ensues when Mayor Richard Wilson Headley orders that all of t
Judy Collins
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: The elevator car maintained its slow descent.

It did not stop at the lobby level. It continued, slowly, on its inexorable downward path.

The injured man, no longer visible, could be heard shouting, 'Make it stop! Stop the f***ing thing!'

Frantically, the security guard, unable to think of anything else to do, kept jabbing at the button. 'Come on! Stop, you son of a bitch!'

The top of the elevator car now dropped below the level of the lobby florr.

The screams from the man in the pit grew mo
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Do you ever have elevator dreams? I tend to get them when things in my life spiral out of control. I press the button, the light flashes. A whirr, a buzz, the doors slide open. There is that particular metallic elevator smell that seems to be universal across elevators everywhere and which takes me back to my childhood when I used to visit my Dad in his office, excited to be allowed to press the buttons. I am not excited now. I press the button. The door closes. A shudder passes through the floo ...more
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read anything by Linwood Barclay before, but, as I enjoy thrillers, I thought I would give this a try. It is certainly fast paced and exciting, but there are also some excellent characters; including Detective Jerry Bourque, who is struggling with guilt, following the aftermath of a crime, and journalist, Barbara Matheson, who has a constant feud with Mayor Richard Wilson Headley.

Of course, the premise of this novel is a brilliant one. Set in New York, that most vertical of cities,
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good read but I usually get more than a good read from Linwood Barclay. This was very much a psychological thriller tapping in to a very common fear and/or discomfort in elevators and it worked well. Thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review – thank you!

Linwood Barclay has been my favourite thriller writer since I first read No Time for Goodbye eight years ago, at the age of eleven. His writing style is spare but great at ratcheting up the tension. I’m not the biggest fan of this book – it left too many loose threads hanging at the end, plus the culprit was obvious in hindsight – but it was a great way to spend an afternoon.

This book is one of those ones that are told from lots of
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever judged an author’s novel based on their previous works? 🙋🏻♂ I know I’m quite guilty at this at times, but it’s human nature, right? Last year, I loved Linwood Barclay’s A Noise Downstairs. It was suspense-driven, original, and binge worthy. When I was given the chance to read Barclay’s upcoming novel, Elevator Pitch, it was a no-brainer for me because I assumed it would be similar. I was wrong.

Elevator Pitch is a police procedural mystery about an investigation with the NYPD, NYC’
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
2.5 stars

Someone is messing with the elevators in New York City buildings and killing people, but who? and why would they do such a thing?

Having been a big fan of Linwood Barclay in the past, I was quite excited about Elevator Pitch. Unfortunately, I found this one to be quite convoluted and unrealistic and unfortunately lost me along the way to the (disappointing) resolution. With political issues and family tension, this one seemed a little unsure of what kind of thriller exactly this was aim
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Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels for adults, including No Time for Goodbye, Trust Your Eyes and, most recently, A Noise Downstairs. He has also written two novels for children and screenplays.
Three of those seventeen novels comprise the epic Promise Falls trilogy: Broken Promise, Far From True, and The Twenty-Three. His two novels for children – Chas
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