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Elevator Pitch

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  8,158 ratings  ·  1,370 reviews
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 Manha
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Published September 17th 2019 by William Morrow
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Michelle Gulbis Yes, I agree. I was bored, my e-book from the library expired before I could finish it. I usually love his books, fast paced and exciting.
This one jus…more
Yes, I agree. I was bored, my e-book from the library expired before I could finish it. I usually love his books, fast paced and exciting.
This one just didn't do it for me. Much better near the end though.(less)
Ben Davidson The amount of stairs would be brutal but doable for many people. I kind of figure its like saying, why not just wear a bullet proof vest to work when …moreThe amount of stairs would be brutal but doable for many people. I kind of figure its like saying, why not just wear a bullet proof vest to work when you know there is an active shooter going building to building. I would probably stay home too, this clearly is a crazy person out to kill people. Next thing you know they would roll a Indiana Jones sized boulder down the stairs.(less)

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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
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jamie Rosenblit
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
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
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
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Nov)
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
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
5★ No need to self-debate this one.

So, finally broke my Barclay' cherry, and wish I checked this author out, sooner.

It was compelling, throughout, with a large cast of layered character's to keep track of - one complex character, multiple sub-plots and a few red herrings, that caught me off guard - and the occasional bit of humour. LMAO.

Monday morning:
Four people enter an elevator at Lansing Towers, one of them, Stuart Bland (should've had more scenes with this character), is only there to pit
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
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I was pleased to get my hands on the latest Linwood Barclay novel, as I find the author never fails to keep me thinking throughout a reading experience. Barclay turns the relatively mundane elevator into a masterful inanimate antagonist in this piece that may leave readers debating whether to ‘take the stairs’ next time. It was a Monday like any other in New York City, until it wasn’t. When an elevator plummets in a Manhattan office tower, four are dead and Mayor Richard ‘Dick’ Headley is forced ...more
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
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
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is an excellent read though it has a bit of a slow start. After reading this book, the elevator now gives me the creeps. I almost feel excited that I don't have to use the elevator anytime soon until I went to my doctor appointment and then I had to get on one. I immediately thought about this book and felt nervous the entire ride. I like following Barbara's view. She's a strong independent woman who doesn't feel afraid to speak her mind. Normally I don't like books with a lot of views ...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
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
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
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
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Linwood Barclay has done it again with Elevator Pitch, i just could not put this one down it was an edge of your seat thriller that was well written fast paced& the characters were believable, BUT I DONT THINK I WILL GET INTO A ELEVATOR AGAIN!!

Set in New York where there are the tallest scry scrapers in the world four people get into an elevator each press the floor they want to get out on but for some reason the elevator goes straight to the top, then falls to the bottom in one almighty crash.
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
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
Diana • Book of Secrets
Tense, twisty, and scary! Tall buildings and elevators make me nervous to begin with, so this book only made my phobias worse...eek! ;-) In the latest thriller from Linwood Barclay, the whole of New York City is at the mercy of a terrorist sabotaging elevators. Are the buildings being targeted randomly? Who is behind the attacks and why? Two police detectives and a journalist rush to put the pieces together before another elevator disaster kills more innocent people. Elevator Pitch is an intense ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
There is something very disturbing about this thriller novel, which sets it apart from many others in its genre. It's definitely got a unique premise - you know, sometimes pipe bombs and arson sprees and drive-by shootings just don't catch the public eye so well... so, you've gotta start cutting elevator cables in Manhattan skyscrapers! This sick and twisted act seems random at first, but quickly reveals itself to be organized, in what appears to be some sort of terrorism. This quickly sends the ...more
Whispering Stories
On Monday morning four people enter an elevator in an office building. They each press the button for their designated floors but the elevator sails passed them right to the top. Once there it sits idle for a few minutes before plummeting to the ground killing three immediately and one a few hours later from her injuries.

On Tuesday an elevator malfunctions in an apartment block and stops dead. Inside is a young boy on his way to school and a Russian scientist. They manage to prise open the doors
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I prefer more positivity than this novel produces. 4 of 10 stars
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
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yay, less than a month behind with reviews and updates! After a couple of less than stellar (but still very enjoyable) efforts by Linwood Barclay he is back in form with this book. An elevator plunges its occupants from the roof to the basement in one fell swoop in New York. Sure accidents happen but when there are 'accidents' three days in a row there is panic as the Mayor orders all elevators shut down to be checked for tampering.

Who knew elevators (it feels weird calling them that, to Austral
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
Laura Rash
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I won’t be riding in any elevators any time soon without thinking of this book. What struck me is how delicate of a society we are if one convenience would be shut down as in elevators, cell phones, water or electricity. And also what a terrorist act that could be. All in all a unique story that had me guessing at “the bad guy” til the end.
I have to say I was bored the first part of the book and almost DNF the book. The ending was really good, and the ending makes you understand the beginning. I won this book from a goodreads giveaway, but this review is 100% my own opinion about the book. (*)
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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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