The Escape Room

The Escape Room

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"One of my favorite books of the year." —Lee Child “Cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you'll be caught in your own escape room—the only key to freedom is turning the last page!” —Kirkus Reviews (starred) "A sleek, well-crafted ride." —The New York Times 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 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?
Publisher: [S.l.]: St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2019.
ISBN: 9781250219671
Characteristics: 352 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Oct 12, 2020

Agree that the ending was rushed. I also felt the book was a little long winded at times. However, I really enjoyed this book. I felt the character development was great, and details about life in finance and Wall Street seemed accurate and detailed. The story line was griping and I wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. It kept me guessing.

Feb 24, 2020

I typically pay attention to other reviews before choosing a book to read. The reviews for this book were all over the map. I agree with many, though. The book was riviting, holding total attention. However, the ending was rushed and somewhat unbelieveable. All in all, it was a good enjoyable read.

Feb 10, 2020

The ending was rushed, a few plot flaws, but overall a great read.

Feb 04, 2020

Wrapped this book up last night and agreed with the comments of so many others. The last 50 pages of the book was ridiculous. The writing felt very rushed and not one bit believable. However, I did enjoy the first 75% of the book even though I was expecting to read more of an "Escape Room" or "Saw" type theme and people fighting for their lives among themselves. The entire book the group of investors are trapped in a small elevator within 3ft of each other.

Jan 05, 2020


Dec 04, 2019

The worst book I read this year. I hate-finished it. Boring. Cheesy. Terrible finish. Every character - except Lucy - was unlikable. Lots of time spent on describing. clothes and hair. Story was worth perhaps 100 pages. If people like this - the 4 people in the elevator and Sara - exist in this world, then let's read real stories about them and not awful fiction.

Nov 16, 2019

If you liked The Firm, John Grisham’s first (and worst) novel, you’ll like this one, and vice versa. Grisham could probably win a copyright violation case, the plots are so similar. The story is told from two perspectives, alternating every other chapter. One set is told by Sara Hall, a brilliant, virtuous, and beautiful young woman who just obtained her MBA from a good business school, but for some reason we are told is virtually unemployable except as a waitress or bartender. Even so, she lands a job at prestigious investment banking firm, Stanhope, in New York, where she is treated well at first and is making good money. It looks like a dream job which she believes she absolutely cannot leave no matter what. (shades of The Firm). The only difference so far from The Firm is Mitch was a lawyer and Sara an investment banker.

Sara’s thread takes place in the past. The current day thread takes place in an elevator. Four members of the Stanhope team where Sara, now dead, worked, have been summoned there by Human Resources for a compulsory team building exercise. They enter the out-of-the-way building late on Friday night and are directed to take the elevator up to the 70th floor. When they do so, the elevator comes to a grinding stop and the monitor over the door welcomes them to The Escape Room. Their job is to get out alive.

As we soon find out, Stanhope is rotten to the core. Things soon go badly for Sara in her thread and things go even worse in the elevator for her former coworkers. Plot-wise I’ll leave the rest to your imagination, but it isn’t hard to figure out where this one is going right from Chapter 1. It’s pure preposterous schlock, but a quick read and entertaining enough in its way.

I could find some major criticisms, but I’ll just pick a couple of nits that struck me. First, like Grisham in The Firm the author has done a shoddy job of research in many simple easy-to-check matters. For example, there is no building anywhere in the Bronx with 70+ floors or even close, and if one were to be built in the Bronx, it wouldn’t be in the South Bronx. Another example is one puzzle, a [spoiler alert] Caesar cipher almost anyone could figure out instantly, yet these supposedly brilliant Ivy League MBAs and lawyers took hours to solve and then called it a simple transposition cipher. It’s not; it’s a substitution cipher. Transposition ciphers are anagrams. Secondly, all the characters are totally over the top to the extent of becoming caricatures. Sara is a complete milquetoast, her teammates arrogant, venal, condescending jerks (in the absence of more appropriate R-rated words). Still, it’s an acceptable beach read if you can find a beach above 40 degrees. Take this one with you to Hawaii.

Oct 25, 2019

I agree wholeheartedly with the Publishers Weekly review above about this suspenseful, "if flawed," book. The hook is supposedly 4 Wall St. trapped in an elevator under the guise of an escape room team-building exercise, but the book focuses on new hire Sara Hall and the soul-draining life of 100-hour work weeks devoted solely to making money.

The book was suspenseful enough to keep me reading, but the characters are shallow, the writing's only so-so, and it's filled with unexplained plot holes, twists that aren't remotely believable, and tons of out-of-nowhere action compressed into the last 50 pages ("Quick - wrap it up! We don't want it longer than 350 pages!").

All in all, a disappointment. There are lots of better thrillers out there, like Thirteen and The Chain.

Oct 16, 2019

Holy Moley what a ride-of-a-book. Really intense book with fluid, smart writing. An intricate plot about the on-goings and intricacies of Corporate America and how greed fuels the lives and decisions of the people involved. Excellent thriller, topped off with a fabulous ending.

Oct 15, 2019

I dont usually write reviews but this book was really good! I read alot and it is hard to find a book that really captivates me but this one kept me reading until i couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. I just hope she keeps writing because I am anxiously awaiting her next book!

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