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The Elevator (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #46)

By Angela Elwell Hunt (Author)
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Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.08"
Weight:   1.22 lbs.
Binding  Library Binding
Release Date   Feb 28, 2008
Publisher   Center Point Publishers
ISBN  160285064X  
EAN  9781602850644  

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In the path of a devastating hurricane, three very different women find themselves trapped in the elevator of a high-rise office building. All three conceal shattering secrets---unaware that their secrets center on the same man.

The betrayed wife, eager to confront her faithless husband, with rage in her heart and a gun in her pocket...

The determined mistress, finally ready to tell her lover she wants marriage and a family...

The fugitive cleaning woman, tormented by the darkest secret of all...

As the storm rages ever closer, these three must unite to fight for their lives in the greatest test of courage---and faith---any woman could ever face.

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Try It; You'll Like It  Sep 26, 2008
In one of her latest, The Elevator, set in Tampa, Florida during an approaching hurricane, three women become trapped in an elevator. You'll meet: a betrayed wife, seeking revenge and carrying a gun, a mistress with new knowledge, determined to confront her lover, and a cleaning lady, afraid of having her horrible secret revealed. They soon discover that the one thing they have in common is--a man! I can't reveal more or I'll spoil it for you.

Although I did not want to put this one down, I found myself reading slowly to savor every word. The ending is impossible for any reader to guess. Try it, you'll like it!
The Elevator will keep you clutching your chair  Sep 7, 2008
I LOVED this book! I read it in one day, and I bought it especially for this ONE day because we had had a hurricane zooming in on us (Hanna)-- so I thought "What the heck? Even if I didn't like it, I thought the story be appropriate". Well, guess what? I loved the book! I've even started to re-read some passages, and I rarely do that. Mr. Hunt's plot was impeccable -- and believable -- very well written.

I did think, at first, the plot was simply too fantasical -- however, with my own knowledge of hurricanes, and why these three women were in the building together, it's all quite plausable.

So my advice is to read it! I loved it.
Angela Hunt crafts a fast-paced, suspense-filled thriller with intriguing characters that will keep you riveted  Aug 18, 2008
If you've ever felt claustrophobic in an elevator, veteran author Angela Hunt's latest novel will bring your worst nightmares to life. In THE ELEVATOR, Hunt offers a suspense-filled saga of three women trapped in an elevator during a destructive hurricane.

As in many of Hunt's novels, it features interesting characters battling difficult circumstances; but in this story, almost all of the events take place over the course of a little more than 24 hours. She uses present-tense narration throughout and switches points of view among several different characters, including three women. Gina Rossman is a mother of three who is upset over her husband's affair and ready for a showdown, face-to-face. Michelle Tilson is a savvy, single headhunter whose unexpected pregnancy causes her to press for marriage with her lover. Isabel Suarez is a Hispanic woman whose secrets --- both past and present --- are about to destroy the life she has created for herself.

Gina's husband has always been a workaholic, but the days when she believed his excuses are long over. She has the results of a private investigator's detective work in her hands, including a photo of a woman with "a youthful body that has not borne three children and invested its best years in Sonny's dreams." A receipt for a $43,000 diamond bracelet that wasn't bought for Gina further fuels her rage. Grief-stricken, she ponders her next move --- and puts a pistol in her pocket.

Michelle is a 33-year-old hard-driving headhunter whose Tilson Corporate Careers brochures claim some statistics that don't necessary bear close examination. Her childhood was full of difficulties, as the reader glimpses throughout the book in short flashbacks. A Tampa Tribune reporter is hot on the trail of a story about employment agencies who don't meet their contractual obligations, and Michelle's company is on the top of his list. Michelle has other troubles, though: she's deeply in love with Parker, and when she discovers she's pregnant, she's ready to press him for a commitment.

Isabel is a poor office cleaner with a frightening past who is only at work during the impending hurricane because of her family's desperate need for money. The offices she cleans are full of expensive items she can only dream of owning. When Isabel discovers a fur jacket and a beautiful diamond bracelet in one of the offices, circumstances begin to spiral out of her control.

The three women's lives collide when they are trapped on an elevator in an office building during the onslaught of Hurricane Felix. There, the novel comes to a climax as they find that their pasts and futures are connected in a way they never could have imagined. With the roads to Lark Tower blocked off and cell phones useless, their lives are in the hands of elevator service technician Eddie Vaughn and his golden retriever, Sadie, who brave the storm to come to their rescue. But will they be in time?

Hunt's prose is fresh and invigorating, with phrases such as "busy as a dentist in Hershey, Pennsylvania," lending a bit of humor to the narrative. The pacing is quick, and somehow the "cliché" of "trapped in an elevator" seems believable in her capable hands. The characters are intriguing, and each is driven by a need for self-preservation that pulls the story along. Those Christian readers expecting a strong faith element will find that the inspirational themes are present but more subtle than usually found in this genre.

Although there is no happily-ever-after ending here, the story holds promise that some of the characters' circumstances can be redeemed. Those who like a good escapist thriller should enjoy THE ELEVATOR. But you may hesitate the next time you push the "up" button.

--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby
Fast, exciting, well worth reading!  Aug 2, 2008
Angela Hunt's books have never disappointed me and this one is no exception. I was hooked from the first page and finished it in one day. It has less spiritual content than I have come to expect in her writing. I think it would have been awkward if she had tried to work it into this story.

I, too, had figured out two of the plot twists before they were revealed, but it didn't spoil the story. The ending disappointed me a little, but I realize it was an efficient way to bring resolution to one of the story's complications.

This is a book I will recommend to friends.

Exceeds Expectation!  Jun 30, 2008
When purchasing an Angela Hunt novel, it is a close guarantee that you will be satisfied and this was no exception. Great beach read!

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