ebook, 464 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by William Morrow
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.
This is my first foray into a world built by Linwood Barclay and I have to say that I was impressed. I didn’t know what to expect going into this and I am so glad I was clueless. That made the experience so much better!
This book centers around the elevators in New York. Someone is sabotaging them and causing a lot of needless death. You begin to wonder if this is just random or maybe there is an underlying plan in place. It does take awhile to discover the answer to this question.
The author does a great job with the quick introduction to so many characters only to kill them off or scar them for life. That is the mark of a true master of his craft. I cared for these people and what might or might not happen to them. That poor boy in the elevator with the scientist, dear me, that child will have nightmares for years.
I enjoyed this book and getting a glimpe into what makes Linwood Barclay tick. I am sure this won’t be the last book by him in my TBR pile.
So good. If you like suspense, mystery and thriller aspects in your novels, definitely check out this guy and his books. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.