Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Elevator

by Angela Hunt

Published by Steeple Hill (2007)
384 pages

Trapped in a high rise elevator:

Three women …

A betrayed wife about to confront her husband with rage…and a gun …

A mistress eager to deliver family news …

And a cleaning woman burdened with a dark secret …

Outside, a hurricane is bearing down on the deserted city, but the storm brewing inside the elevator may be even more volatile. Inside the women disclose their fears, their secrets, and even their deceptions. Will they discover courage or faith as they face an almost certain demise?

The author skillfully traps the reader, along with the unwilling passengers, by fashioning a story that won’t be put down. In typical Angela Hunt fashion, she seldom takes the reader where you want or expect to go. While the novel is not overtly didactic, elements of Christ’s love and sacrifice are demonstrated throughout the book. Discussion questions, following the story, help the reader contemplate truth, life, death and, ultimately, their faith in God.

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