The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
Published by St. Martin’s Press on August 6, 2019 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 352
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For fans of JP Delaney’s The Girl Before and Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 comes this hair-raising novel of deception and revenge that will blow readers away.
Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to reach the top.
When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare.
The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—now “gone but not forgotten”.
This is no longer a game.
They’re fighting for their lives.
The premise for The Escape Room placed it solidly on my most anticipated books for 2019 and it sure did deliver!
This is a story of four members of a Wall Street finance team who are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator where things wind up going horribly wrong. It’s told through two perspectives: first, in the present when the team is going through said escape room; and second, in the past leading up to the escape room from the point of view of one of their previous team members. Although billed as a locked room mystery thriller, I’m not sure that’s actually how I would categorize it, as everything is spelled out pretty clearly as it occurs with elements from both perspectives tying together nicely. It is, however, a strong thriller that is full of suspense.
While not an entirely realistic story, The Escape Room was still highly entertaining. I could easily see this being adapted into a movie and it’s one I would certainly watch! As is, it vaguely reminds me of the similarly titled movie Escape Room that debuted earlier this year but the details of each plot are decidedly different. And this was cleverly plotted and fast paced, with many of the chapters ending on cliffhangers. Many of the characters were thoroughly unlikable (and somewhat stereotypical), but the author draws them out and uses them to increase tension even further.
All in all, The Escape Room was a compulsive read that was hard to put down. Readers who need their fiction to be more realistic will probably find this not to their taste, but those in the market for plot driven thrillers should definitely check it out!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.