The Escape Room by Megan Goldin


To be honest, I expected more from this book. It wasn’t boring, it just seemed it took forever to get through. I might not have been the right audience for this one. Most of the narrative revolve around the world of high finance at it’s finest, and what people are willing to do to others to make it to the top, which I have zero interest for. I can understand why tons of readers have enjoyed this book though: the corporate shenanigans and the sense of entitlement and greed that goes on.


The ending did surprise me (although totally unbelievable), so I’m glad I decided to read until the end. The first third of the book had my attention, building on the thrill of the Escape Room challenge that we knew was going to happen. Although the story alternates between the four members who are stuck in the elevator and Sara Hall, the second half of the book was too slow for me but did pick back up for the ending.


Overall, I could not stand many of the characters in the book, especially those who were stuck in the elevator. I liked Sara Hall’s part in the story and liked how she waited patiently to get her revenge.


Rating: 3 stars

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for my digital ARC to read and review. As always, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinion.


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 challenge 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?

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