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The Elevator (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #46) Paperback – June 19, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill (June 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037378578X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373785780
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Prolific novelist Hunt knows how to hold a reader's interest, and her latest yarn is no exception. As Hurricane Felix races toward Tampa, three women's paths unexpectedly converge when they're marooned in an elevator. The action takes place over the course of one tension-packed day. Michelle Tilson is a smart, 33-year-old headhunter who is apt to fudge the truth in the interests of more business. She's in a passionate relationship with a widower, who's reluctant to introduce her to his three children. Michelle's biological clock is ticking, and when she discovers she is pregnant, she's ready to press for a commitment. When Michelle boards the elevator to give her lover the news—instead of fleeing the impending disaster—she's joined by office cleaner Isabel Suarez, who has a frightening secret, and Gina Rossman, who is on her way to confront her workaholic husband about his extramarital affair. Trapped, the women discuss relationships and faith, and make some startling discoveries. Although the idea of characters stuck in an elevator is nothing new, Hunt packs the maximum amount of drama into her story, and the pages turn quickly. The present tense narration lends urgency as the perspective switches among various characters. Readers may decide to take the stairs after finishing this thriller.
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About the Author

With nearly four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including The Tale of Three Trees, Don’t Bet Against Me, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book Don’t Bet Against Me, written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela’s novel The Note (with sales of over 141,000) was filmed as the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel’s history. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences, and she served as the keynote speaker at the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers’ national conference. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs. In 2001, one of her dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children have reached their twenties, Angie and her youth-pastor husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards--one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City. Afterward, the dog gave out paw-tographs at the airport.

When she's not home writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course.

Readers may visit her web site at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

Customer Reviews

The characters were somewhat interesting, but overall I found the book to be very boring.
My Favorite Number is 88
I could not put the book down and finished it in 2 days (maybe not too incredible for other readers who finish books quickly...but it is for me!!)
A. Hesterman
The characters and story line were very engaging and the story was full of twists and turns.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Hesterman on July 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
WOW!! I have been greatly anticipating this book since I finished "Uncharted" last summer and it was very much worth the wait. I could not put the book down and finished it in 2 days (maybe not too incredible for other readers who finish books quickly...but it is for me!!) Probably not as much spiritual content in this book as with Angela's other books. But still a VERY GOOD read!!! Christian fiction can be very predictable. One of the many reasons I enjoy Angela's writing is that she is purposefully unpredictable. She is one of the few Christian authors whom I absolutely enjoy reading. Francine Rivers is another "unpredictable" Christian fiction author. These women get a 5-star rating from me every time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DeAnna Julie Dodson on July 1, 2007
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This was a page turner! I didn't care that much for the present tense storytelling, but I got used to it and the story was well worth it. I ended up staying up waaaaaaay too late so I could find out what happens. Don't miss it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. K. Wilson on August 1, 2007
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While I don't often read Christian stories - too good girl for me - this book was outstanding with great plots and a surprise but not preaching ending.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By For What It's Worth... on June 6, 2009
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Angela Hunt has some real talent in this and the Fairlawn series. She can grab the reader's interest without letting up. She brings the characters to life without sleep-inducing detail.

Because this story takes off from page 1 and doesn't slow down, schedule your time so you don't have to put it aside.

Three women from different backgrounds get stuck in an elevator of a high rise building during an approaching hurricane. One has a lover and wants a commitment from him. She was on her way to his office to present to him an ultimatum. Another has a husband who is cheating on her. She was on her way to his office offering no ultimatum The third woman had been on her way up to retrieve an item that she had left behind. Since they have a long wait for Eddie, the elevator repair man to show up, they slowly open up to one another, telling bits and pieces about their lives and loves. You can guess ahead of time what will emerge from these conversations but the way it comes about and the results are worth the read. You can empathize with each of these characters as their pain is brought out.

And then there's Eddie...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Cote on July 30, 2007
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THE ELEVATOR is just as unpredictable as the hurricane bearing down on the three women caught in the elevator. As I got to know the three women, I was sucked into their lives and their emotions that ran the gamut from joy, desperation and murderous intent. This is the kind of read I like where the pages sticks to my fingers and I can't put the book down!
Well done, Angela!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on April 23, 2009
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Well, my title says it all, I suppose. Everyone else has summarized the book.

My only reason for dropping a star is due the suddenness of the flashbacks and switching of views. It wasn't horrible or anything; I am just not fond of the style of jumping around without 'showing' what you are doing or warning the reader at least a little.

Other than that, it was a great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By whitewave VINE VOICE on August 20, 2007
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Once I picked up this book I didn't put it down until I had finished it. It was the first book I had read by Angela Hunt and I was very impressed. The stories of each woman trapped in the elevator were very interesting and kept my attention. The author was very good at telling just enough of the three women's back stories to keep me wanting more.

The only downside I saw to these books were a couple of the plot twists. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't read this book but two of the plot twists were things that I had already assumed about the story. I could tell they were supposed to be plot twists by the way they played out but, unfortunately, they didn't bring me the shock the author had probably intended. The first one was ruined for me by reading the back of the book. Whoever wrote the back of the book wrote it in such a way that I assumed something about a character before I even started reading the story. As I read the book I decided that I wasn't supposed to know that piece of information until I was further into the story. I would recommend not reading the description at the back of the book if you are looking to be surprised. The other plot twist was somewhat implied by the author early on so it may have been intentional that I figured it out before it was actually revealed.

After reading this book I am looking forward to reading other stories by this author. I definitely would recommend this book. It will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire story!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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