Review: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay


Title: Elevator Pitch

Author: Linwood Barclay

Published: September 17th 2019, William Morrow

Status: Read September 2019 courtesy William Morrow/Edelweiss


My Thoughts:

You might find yourself hesitating before stepping into an elevator in a multi-storey building after reading Linwood Barclay’s latest thriller, Elevator Pitch.

When four people are killed after what is assumed to be an accident where an elevator plummeted twenty nine floors, the Mayor of New York City is quick to express his condolences. When barely a day later another elevator falls, decapitating a Russian scientist, the Mayor is quick to publicly dismiss the incident as a coincidence. When less than twenty four hours later a third elevator crushes two people, the Mayor is forced to order that all elevator’s in the country’s most ‘vertical city’ be shut down. As New York reels, Detectives Bourque and Delgado, and journalist Barbara Matheson search for answers, hoping to find the culprit before the city falls.

The story unfolds at a good pace, however the plot is fairly predictable, though the author throws in a number of red herrings. Barbara develops a theory that the Mayor considers absurd, while the detectives run down leads until they have a suspect in sight.

Barclay does build tension as events escalate, and the finale is taut and exciting, but it’s the plausibility of the elevator incidents that really provokes anxiety. Personally I’m now kind of glad the only two public elevators in my town (at the local shopping centre) are just two storey’s high.

I enjoyed Elevator Pitch, it was an entertaining and easy read, I just don’t seem to have a lot to say about it.


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