Title: The Escape Room
Author: Megan Goldin
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Mystery Thriller
My Rating: 5/5
In Megan Goldin’s unforgettable debut, The Escape Room, four young Wall Street rising stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal game of revenge.
Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.
In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style—but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.
Invited to participate in an escape room as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.
Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?
Four coworkers attend an escape room challenge. They are trapped in an elevator, where the puzzles they are presented become increasingly personal. As tempers rise and egos bruise, it seems that not everyone will make it out of the elevator alive.
Told using multiple points of view and multiple timelines. The book is largely told from Sarah’s POV. Sarah is a former coworker, with her story starting when she took a finance job at a top company. Sarah is a recent graduate with a desire to succeed. The coworkers in the elevator are Vincent, Sylvia, Sam, and Jules. As they come to terms with their present situation, bits and pieces from the past are included to pull it all together. Vincent is the boss, Sylvia is the seductress, Sam is the charmer, and Jules is the alcoholic. They are all workaholics and ruthless in their rise to top.
Interesting characters in a unique setting. I enjoyed the trapped elevator with puzzles to get released. Besides that, it’s the world of Wall Street finance, with workaholic, extravagant, and outrageous behavior. The four escape room characters aren’t all that likable, since they are greedy, corrupt, and selfish. Sarah, the former coworker, is mostly likable. She is smart and driven, and struggles to fit in with her team.
I found this to be a fun and intriguing read. This is a revenge type story against some greedy Wall Street investors. Everyone on the team is out for themselves, and more than willing to throw the others to the wolves. Recommended for readers of finance thrillers. Complex, absorbing, and entertaining.
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.