This Week in Books (October 2)

Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


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.


When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.

She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.


Nine people arrive one night on Chelsea Bridge. They’ve never met. But at the same time, they run, and leap to their deaths. Each of them received a letter in the post that morning, a pre-written suicide note, and a page containing only four words: Nothing important happened today.

That is how they knew they had been chosen to become a part of The People Of Choice: A mysterious suicide cult whose members have no knowledge of one another.

Thirty-two people on that train witness the event. Two of them will be next. By the morning, People Of Choice are appearing around the globe: a decapitation in Germany, a public shooting at a university in Bordeaux; in Illinois, a sports team stands around the centre circle of the football pitch and pulls the trigger of the gun pressed to the temple of the person on their right. It becomes a movement.

A social media page that has lain dormant for four years suddenly has thousands of followers. The police are under pressure to find a link between the cult members, to locate a leader that does not seem to exist.
But how do you stop a cult when people do not know they are members?

One week after the two witnesses jump to their deaths, twenty letters are opened across London that all say the same thing. Later that day, the strangers all know to meet at Tower Bridge. The Teacher will jump first. The Detective will be last…

As per usual, this list is subject to change because fickle reading mood is fickle. 🙄

Have you read any of these? Would you like to? What’s on your reading schedule this week? Do let me know. Happy reading! xx

  11 comments for “This Week in Books (October 2)

  1. October 2, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I haven’t read any but I have got my eye on both Elevator Pitch and Degrees of Guilt.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. October 2, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I have my eye on Nothing Important Happened Today! I haven’t read a Will Carter book yet.


  3. October 2, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I really enjoyed Elevator Pitch


  4. October 2, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    I hate elevators! Especially ones on the outside of buildings. Not sure I could read this one 😱 😂


  5. October 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I’m really looking forward to Nothing Important Happened Today! I loved Carver’s last book!


  6. October 2, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    All three of the books in your post sound amazing! I must buy a copy of Elevator Pitch soon as I do enjoy Linwood Barclay’s writing. I’m eagerly anticipating the new Will Carver as I loved his previous novel – I hope you enjoy reading it this week. 🙂

    Here’s my post:


  7. Yvo
    October 3, 2019 at 3:23 am

    I’m dying to read Degrees Of Guilt and I can’t wait to get a copy of the new Will Carver! Have a wonderful week and happy reading. xx


  8. October 4, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    DEGREES OF GUILT!!! Oh I can’t wait for your thoughts! I finished Nothing Important Happened Today and it’s fucked up my brain xD xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 4, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      I’m halfway through Will’s and the only words I have are “what the fuck?” 😂

      Degrees of Guilt was amazing. So powerful. Can’t decide if I’ll review it or not. Don’t even know where to start.


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