BOOK REVIEW: ELEVATOR PITCH BY LINWOOD BARCLAY | WEAVING FICTION

ELEVATOR PITCH 
LINWOOD BARCLAY

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Writing Style/Quality: 3
Plot: 3
Characters & their development: 4
Originality: 3
Pacing: 3
Personal enjoyment: 3.5
Final rating: 3.5
WHERE DID I GET THIS FROM? A work event.
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I liked
-the characters

I disliked
-the unrealistic dialogue at times
-the lack of impact and fear

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GOODREADS BLURB

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 catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment—is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its Friday night ribbon-cutting.

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MY THOUGHTS 

This was a thriller I was excited for, and the hype surrounding it, plus the author letter that is in the front of the ARC really made me feel like this was going to be something super scary. In that aspect, I was let down, but this wasn’t a total failure.

Elevator Pitch is a thriller set in New York, one of the most vertical cities in the world, and then someone starts hacking the elevators, using them to kill innocent people. By the third time this happens, the world knows it’s more than just a coincidence, and the hunt begins.

First off, I really liked the characters in this novel, they were all diverse in terms of opinions, actions and wants. However they weren’t actually that diverse, I think I vaguely remember the descriptions of one or two characters being light brown-skinned, so take from that what you will. I didn’t expect who the killer was, though they were my second guess. A lot of that is because of the characterisation that Linwood used and I found it to be really successful.

What wasn’t, was the scare factor. However, I’m starting to wonder if all those horror movies have dulled me from being scared. I was the teenager who waited till everyone was in the changing rooms before turning off the lights and chanting bloody mary three times. (Wow I SUCKED as a teenager, I’m sorry fellow classmates) ANYWAY, there were a few gruesome descriptions and the whole angle of this story was that it was so scary, you would never want to step in an elevator again. All I’m saying is, I was never scared at one point.

The plot twist you could see coming. Linwood pushed a character to the forefront of your mind and if you stopped to think, which I didn’t, you would realise that was him trying to cover his tracks because it really was that other character you thought it was. The reasoning they used was weak but believable, and in reality, no one expects someone doing this to be totally sane.

Overall this was a very okay thriller. It’ll stay on my shelves for now because it’s an ARC copy, but it might get unhauled because I know come next year, I won’t remember it or have much interest in re-reading it.

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