Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Elevator Pitch

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 catastroph...

Details Elevator Pitch

TitleElevator Pitch
Release DateSep 17th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Elevator Pitch

  • Maureen
    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 Tue...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2.5 STARS rounded to 3I'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 no...
  • Paromjit
    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 a...
  • 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 w...
  • 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.... The...
  • Debra
    It's one thing to get stuck in an elevator, its 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 lik...
  • Kaceey
    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 youre 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?? Ive been reading Linwood Barclay books fo...
  • Matt
    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 wasnt. When an elevator plummets in a Manhattan office tower, four are ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 thi...
  • 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 min...
  • Phrynne
    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 we...
  • Jayme
    You've heard the saying..Once is chanceTwice is CoincidenceThird 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 t...
  • Carolyn
    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...
  • Brenda
    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 Headleys 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 M...
  • Gary
    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. Thi...
  • Esil
    How is it possible to read two thrillers based on malfunctioning elevators in one month? I dont know. I definitely dont 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 incid...
  • Mark
    There is something deliciously safe yet still scary reading about one of your fears isnt there? I cant stand lifts/elevators and so absolutely couldnt wait to read about something I could MORE than imagineEven if your not wary of lifts everyone knows that somersault tummy moment when the door of the lift doesnt open quite quickly enough and you wonder......In Elevator Pitch you meet normal people who are in lifts whilst New York is suffering a sp...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    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...
  • 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 Russ...
  • Book of Secrets°ღ
    Tense, twisty, and scary! Tall buildings and elevators make me nervous to being 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 ...
  • Pauline
    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 ...
  • Dannii Elle
    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 f...
  • Sarah
    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 youre 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...
  • Louise Wilson
    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 ...
  • Pat
    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 eleva...
  • 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 charac...
  • Laura Rash
    Well I wont 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. Well I won’t be riding in any elevators any time soon without thinking of this book. What struck me i...
  • Maranda
    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 Publ...