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    A great thriller

    When a lift suddenly malfunctions and someone dies it's thought as a tragic accident, but when a couple more lifts do the same there's panic. Is it a terrorist attack or what? Mayor Richard Headley decides to shut the lifts down in all the high rise buildings until they can find out what's going on. I'm not a fan of lifts but after reading the blurb of this book I decided to give it a go. The way it's written you could picture the scene and I could actually feel my heart pounding at times at the thought of this happening in real life. There is so much more to this thriller but I don't want to give away any spoilers. I've not read any books by this author before but I shall be keeping a look out for more of his work Would I recommend this book...100% and it gets five stars from me. My grateful thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for my copy.
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    Too much going on

    Elevator Pitch is a book that left me with some mixed feelings. On the whole I really liked the idea of someone hacking into elevators and sending unsuspecting victims to some very gory deaths. It turns something which can be a bit mundane into something sinister and certainly made me wary getting into my hotel lift to the 15th floor after reading! The deaths portrayed are also nice and gruesome, they made me wince and shake my head quite a few times which was great. My negatives were in all the padding around the crimes – for one there were way too many characters that we are introduced to and carried on hearing about all the way through the book. None of these particularly felt very fleshed out – perhaps because they didn’t get enough ‘screen time’ and some of the loose ends disappeared into oblivion towards the end. We heard from the Mayor, his son, his aide, his PA, a journalist, her daughter, two detectives on the case (one of which I didn’t even realise was female until the very end of the book), a shady businessman, his wife, a contracted killer as well as brief life histories and narration of a lot of the victims before their deaths – all of which felt way too much. It would have been better to just focus on Barbara, her daughter Arla and one of the detectives rather than trying to get into the minds of so many of the red herring or side characters. The plot also seemed to jump around and provide way too many threads to keep the story sufficiently coherent. There was the menacing Russian government which felt too cliched to be real, a shady terrorist group called the Flyovers that I didn’t at all understand the motives of, two blossoming love stories, unexplained vague flashbacks which weren’t properly revealed until the very end, a detective facing psychological issues from a previous case which was also never properly clarified, family issues – it was just all too much. Overall Elevator Pitch could have been more effective with a simpler approach for me – less characters and a more straight forward plot. Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Stories for a chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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    Chilling and exciting

    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 and the scientist climbs out but upon reaching for her purse the elevator drops, killing her instantly. On Wednesday an elevator door opens and two people step on, but there is no elevator and they fall, luckily not too far. Injured but alive people come to their rescue, that is until the elevator moves down crushing the pair. New York is in terror as the residents and workers refuse to use the elevators leaving some people stranded in their high-rise buildings. The Mayor is catapulted into the limelight as people want answers and what does a fingerless man found dead on the Highline have to do with the issue? It’s up to detectives Jerry Bourque and Lois Delgado to work quickly and put the pieces together. If you have a fear of elevators (lifts) then you might want to give this book a miss, for those that don’t have a fear of them this might make you think twice before stepping onto one! Elevator Pitch is an intense thriller that weaves a lot of plotlines together. In the beginning, I was a little confused as the book moved from the initial accident onto a journalist and her dealings with the New York Mayor. We then meet two detectives who are dealing with a crime scene on the Highline where a man has been found brutally murdered and his fingers cut off. I struggled a little to try to work out how all these characters and scenes would come together but once we find out who the murdered man is and the events that occurred on Tuesday everything starts to come clear and the book began to make sense again. It’s at this point the book truly came alive and I raced through it. Not only do we have elevators malfunctioning there is also a terrorist on the loose blowing up things. Are the two connected? This is the first book by Linwood Barclay that I have read and from how much enjoyment I had reading it, it won’t be my last. Elevator Pitch is chilling and exciting, yes, it begins slowly but keep going as it certainly will take you for a ride. The ending is perfect and I like how it incorporated the prologue too.
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    Good paced thriller

    A fast paced thriller with a high-rise ending! The characters were believable though maybe there was too many coincidences/relationship connections by the end of the book. One of Linwood Barclay's better novels.
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    A great read.

    What a great book. A really different thriller that has made me wonder about modern tech and how it affects our lives. Also made me think the next time i got in an elevator!!
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