‘Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.’
In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they'll do anything to get ahead.
When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive.
Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?
'Fantastic – one of my favorite books of the year.' Lee Child
'Megan Goldin has done it again: tapped into the cultural zeitgeist in telling ways . . . this is top-shelf, page-turning crime.' Sydney Morning Herald
'Make yourself a cuppa and get stuck into this compelling page-turner.' New Idea
‘Goldin’s debut The Girl in Kellers Way was a winner, but The Escape Room takes her mastery of the thriller to the next level – and the very last page.’ Herald Sun
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We couldn’t put down this brilliant Wall Street thriller. Sylvia, Sam, Vincent and Jules are ruthless, money-addicted finance executives who’ll do anything to get ahead. When they get trapped in an elevator-turned-escape room, the group have to face up to their own sinister secrets and cruel mistakes. Megan Goldin’s incredible psychological thriller flips between two menacing storylines. Her flair for breathless prose kept us urgently reading page after page—the more we learned about each character, the more we were drawn into the dramatic chaos playing out before us.
Australian author Goldin makes her debut with a riveting, if flawed, tale of greed and revenge set on Wall Street. After being called to an out-of-office meeting, four investment bankers from the Stanhope and Sons firm are trapped in an elevator on their way to an escape room challenge organized by their company. They realize that the elevator itself is the escape room when they start to receive increasingly more personal puzzles to solve on the elevator's TV monitor. Meanwhile, in flashbacks, recent hire Sara Hall becomes indoctrinated into the firm's culture of long hours and incredible pay. When a coworker dies, Sara wonders whether foul play was involved. Though both plots start off strong, the elevator narrative slows as it waits for Sara's story to catch up. Lucky flukes and coincidences stretch credulity, and the unlikability of those targeted for revenge lessens the scheme's impact. But these shortcomings aren't fatal. Thriller fans will eagerly turn the pages to see what happens next. 150,000-copy announced first printing.