"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?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Imagine being stuck in an elevator with your three most hated coworkers. In Megan Goldin’s nail-biting psychological thriller, four stock analysts at an intensely competitive Wall Street firm find themselves trapped in high-rise hell. Is it a team-building exercise gone awry…or something much more disturbing? While the claustrophobic tension mounts—and the rivals grow increasingly fearful that their secrets will be exposed—flashbacks show us why someone might have it out for them. A satire of cutthroat finance-bro culture mixed with a Saw-like exercise in tormenting people who kinda deserve it, The Escape Room is all creepy thrills.
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.
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The Escape Room
What a great idea for a novel. The author draws you in chapter by chapter. The momentum of her writing is enough to carry the reader through the somewhat implausible ending. Weak at the end but I enjoyed it anyway.
It was great, but boring ending
Overall great book, I don’t want to spoil anything so the whole beginning and middle was captivating and entertaining to read. Lots of details and keeps you turning the page. However, it feels like once you get towards the closing it just stops. Leaves you with questions, felt rushed. The ending didn’t explain what happened next and didn’t wrap anything up.
The book was a real page turner, however the ending fell a bit flat.