Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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?
About: The Escape Room is a mystery thriller written by Megan Goldin. It will be published on 8/6/2019 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 356 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut. According to Macmillan’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Escape Room on 6/5/2019 and finished it on 6/13/2019 at 2:22AM. This book is an excellent read! There are a lot of personalities to each character, especially the ones in the elevator. One thing they all have in common is being ruthless. The way the author portray Wall Street bankers are interesting and intimidating at the same time. One thing that bothers me is not knowing that Sylvie is a tax expert when Sara was first introduced that Jules was a lawyer instead readers will have to wait until around 40% of the book later to find out what her role in the team is. Though her personality of being a btch wasn’t failed to mention multiple times early on. I like the unique alternative perspectives in this story. I like the puzzle challenges as well as the intellectual of the characters.
This book started with a prologue, told in the third person point of view following Miguel, the night shift security guard as he called 911. He heard gunshots which confused him because he believed that he was supposed to be the only person on this construction site tonight. The story then shifted back to 34 hours earlier located in an elevator. The elevator consisted of Vincent, the team’s boss who was also invited along with the team to come for an escape-room challenge, a type of team building activity. The team members are Sylvie, the team’s tax expert and only female in a male industry, Sam, team’s leader, who tolerates his wife’s addiction for his own addiction, and Jules, team’s lawyer and the office’s gossiper. The four above share one view under elevator. The goal of being in an elevator is to get out alive. The alternative view is Sara, new employee to Vincent’s team before the escape room challenge. Her experiences working in Vincent’s team goes parallel with the elevator challenge.
The Escape Room is suspenseful and definitely a fast paced read. After reading the prologue, I was hooked. I like the surprise at nearly the end of every chapter. I like the mystery and how it drives me to make many wild wrong guesses. The big reveal is such an adrenaline rush. Sara’s complaints about job hunting and surviving her job is a bit annoying. I thought, why not aim lower instead of settling for being a waitress because she couldn’t get in the door at Wall Street. And then later, why not quit instead of putting up with being bullied and bossed around. But then I realized that, if she quit, she would receive nothing whereas if she had been let go, she would receive a pay out. I like learning this bit as well as the reminder of the importance of references to job hunting. It’s definitely interesting to have a glimpse into the big career at Wall Street and how the people and their environment are like. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, Wall Street finance job, mystery, suspense, intelligent characters,
Con: character details misplaced and annoying job complains..
I rate it 4.5 stars!
About the Author:
Megan Goldin worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. THE ESCAPE ROOM is her debut novel. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review. I love the packaging for the book I received. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.