Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
The Elevator by Angela Hunt
"Hunt is the master of 'what if'. The Elevator is meticulously plotted to make readers lose sleep and skip meals."
No way can I give my claustrophobic, suspense-loving mother this book. Elevators already freak her out. She’d never ride one again after reading The Elevator. Hey, maybe we can use this book to start a health revolution… use the stairs!
Angela Hunt amazes me. I’ve heard her speak, I’ve read several of her books, and I’m in awe. Hunt puts three women in an elevator and cranks out a 384-page novel. A compelling, desperate-to-finish type novel. Dang.
A massive hurricane hits Tampa, Florida trapping three women in the elevator of a very tall skyscraper. Three women from radically different walks of life and one thing in common – Parker Tilson.
One woman’s murder plot was interrupted by the storm. Another’s plea for marriage and happily-ever-after silenced, and the third?
You think I’m going to give it all away?
Hopes of rescue disappear as the city takes evacuation seriously. No more Katrina-effects. Rescuers and elevator repairmen are blockaded outside city limits. On a dying cell phone, a customer service agent for the elevator company wishes the women the best of luck.
Aloofness dissolves into disclosure. The question emerges: what will kill them first? Hurricane Felix or each other?
Hunt is the master of “what ifs”. The Elevator is meticulously plotted to make readers lose sleep and skip meals. Just when you think you’ve predicted what happens next, Hunt uncovers a new twist. Not minor “red-herring” types used by classic mystery writers, but a nuclear blast twist that rearrange your whole perspective.
Brandilyn Collins started the Big Honkin’ Chickens Club made up of people afraid to read some of her books. The Christian Booksellers Association needs to expand on that idea and assign certain suspense books a number of hatchets (to a chicken neck) or say how many pieces of fried chicken are in the bucket. I give The Elevator an 8 out of 10 pieces of fried chickens. The Elevator wouldn’t be alone on the list. Other books/authors with high Kentucky-deep fried parts ratings are Collin’s Kanner Lake series, Abomination by Coble and Adam by Dekker. I could go on, but that’s what review archives are for.
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.