Elevator Pitch

Linwood Barclay

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Elevator Pitch is a fast-paced thriller with a credible and somewhat disturbing premise.  Every single day, millions of people in New York City use elevators in order to go about their lives.  In a city of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, what would happen if terrorists could take control of the elevators and crash them at will?

The usual elements of this sort of novel are present (the damaged cop, the sassy reporter, the corrupt politician, etc), but Barclay crafts the story into more than just a sum of its parts.  The plot device will cause a few sleepless nights among readers who already worry about the possible dangers of travelling to and from great heights in a metal box that they have little control over.  I sincerely hope that it’s an invention of the author’s fevered imagination, but somehow, I doubt it.  There are a couple of clunky parts, but on the whole it’s a great read.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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