The Escape Room

The Escape Room

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...

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The Escape Room Reviews

  • Kylie D

    Wow, what an amazing book! I've read many psychological thrillers, but this one is at a different level entirely. In a world where greed rules and everything else is just an annoyance we see 4 members of an elite investment banking team embarking on an escape room challenge that they have been told is compulsory by their employers. Yet after a while they find that this is no ordinary escape room. Locked in a tiny elevator the clues and questions pit them against each other, and it soon becomes a

    Wow, what an amazing book! I've read many psychological thrillers, but this one is at a different level entirely. In a world where greed rules and everything else is just an annoyance we see 4 members of an elite investment banking team embarking on an escape room challenge that they have been told is compulsory by their employers. Yet after a while they find that this is no ordinary escape room. Locked in a tiny elevator the clues and questions pit them against each other, and it soon becomes a mini war zone. Why are they here in the first place? Who is really behind it and what do they know?

    The Escape Room is a cracking thriller. Megan Goldin has spun a novel that brings to light the dog eat dog world of corporate finance, where greed and corruption is rife, where if you don't have the necessary killer instinct you will be chewed up and spat out. I raced through this book in a day, ignoring everything I was supposed to be doing. An absolute first rate read.

  • Dita

    OMG.....YES!

    This captivating, engrossing book had me transfixed from page one. Waste not one minute wondering if this one is worth the read; jump in and do it. It SO is!

    The book covers two storylines, the first is that of Sara Hall, a bright, MBA, up-and-comer, who is fortunate enough, as a result of a chance meeting in an elevator, to get a shot at the dazzling job of her dreams. Speaking of elevators, the second storyline involves four vile individuals who are forced to participate in an

    OMG.....YES!

    This captivating, engrossing book had me transfixed from page one. Waste not one minute wondering if this one is worth the read; jump in and do it. It SO is!

    The book covers two storylines, the first is that of Sara Hall, a bright, MBA, up-and-comer, who is fortunate enough, as a result of a chance meeting in an elevator, to get a shot at the dazzling job of her dreams. Speaking of elevators, the second storyline involves four vile individuals who are forced to participate in an escape room type game, in an elevator, for reasons initially unclear to them and us.

    As the tension amped up, I could not wait to find out what was going on, how the stories intersected and how it would ultimately be resolved. It didn't disappoint. Whoooo.....what a ride.

    Thank you so much to Megan Goldin, St. Martin's Press, and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Fascinating page-turner, totally a book cannot be put down! Too many puzzles, too many questions, so many twists!

    This book contains so much despicable, ruthless, nasty, notorious characters, shapeless products from the intercourse Hitler and R. Kelly kind of evil ( evil looks like Tinkerball when you compare him with those in humans) characters.

    Each character we learn more about them, we think we cannot despise more but actually yes, we can !

    At the beginning we thought they didn’t deserve to

    Fascinating page-turner, totally a book cannot be put down! Too many puzzles, too many questions, so many twists!

    This book contains so much despicable, ruthless, nasty, notorious characters, shapeless products from the intercourse Hitler and R. Kelly kind of evil ( evil looks like Tinkerball when you compare him with those in humans) characters.

    Each character we learn more about them, we think we cannot despise more but actually yes, we can !

    At the beginning we thought they didn’t deserve to be locked up and there might be some way to rescue them. But a fewer pages later, I started to sing: “ Burn baby burn! Disco Inferno!” and” Ain’t no rest for the wicked”!

    So yes Karma finally shows her ugly face at the end.

    It’s a great mash-up of Exam, Interview and Unknown movies which are good thrillers in one location and the twisted final reminded me of Netflix famous Spanish series “ La Casa De Papel”

    So buckle up, walk on disgraceful characters bodies with your high heels, enjoy this entertaining show!

  • megs_bookrack

    Participating in a 'team building exercise' on a Friday night is the last thing Vincent, Jules, Sylvie or Sam want to do with their time.

    Unfortunately, participation is mandatory, so they all dutifully arrive at the requested location, a remote office building in a shady part of town.

    Greeting in the lobby, they enter the elevator together for the ride up to one of the top floors.

    The express elevator ascends quickly and then abruptly stops. The lights go out and the heat cranks up. Suddenly,

    Participating in a 'team building exercise' on a Friday night is the last thing Vincent, Jules, Sylvie or Sam want to do with their time.

    Unfortunately, participation is mandatory, so they all dutifully arrive at the requested location, a remote office building in a shady part of town.

    Greeting in the lobby, they enter the elevator together for the ride up to one of the top floors.

    The express elevator ascends quickly and then abruptly stops. The lights go out and the heat cranks up. Suddenly, the team comes to the realization that this it. This is their challenge.

    An Escape Room where the competitive coworkers must put petty rivalries aside and work together in order to solve the cryptic clues needed for them to be released.

    As dark secrets of the team are revealed, viciously pitting them against one another, they find themselves removed from their normal boardroom backstabbing and thrust into a definitive game of survival.

    Megan Goldin's thrilling debut, set in the world of high stakes Wall Street finance is incredibly ruthless, and that's sort of my brand. I absolutely flew through this story. I could not put it down!

    Following dual perspectives between our cast of characters in the elevator and flashbacks to a mysterious former team member, Sara Hall, the plotting of this is absolutely brilliant. It kept me engaged and guessing the entire way.

    At its heart, a

    , this stoked my Slytherin heart, as I stan a character with the dedication to strategize a long game. If you don't know what I mean by this, pick up this book. This is the epitome of a painstakingly planned 'long game'.

    I had so much fun reading this and it is now definitely one of my favorite books of the year. I recommend it to anyone who likes a solid, unique thriller.

    If this is what Goldin puts out for her debut, I cannot wait to what she comes up with next. You know I will be buying it and devouring it as soon as its released!

    Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity and of course, love discovering ambitious new authors to obsess over.

    This one is out now, my friends, be sure to pick up your copy and see if you can solve

    !!!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Hello friends, let me introduce you to my latest compulsive read. It was utter bananas, and for those who need a grounded, realistic thriller, this is not for you. However, if you fall into the category of "I need a fast paced, balls-to-the-wall, compulsive page turner", do yourself a favor and move

    to the top of your summer TBR list. I was perusing my shelves this weekend and realized I had a craving to be entertained. I didn't need anything complicated nor grounded; I simply

    Hello friends, let me introduce you to my latest compulsive read. It was utter bananas, and for those who need a grounded, realistic thriller, this is not for you. However, if you fall into the category of "I need a fast paced, balls-to-the-wall, compulsive page turner", do yourself a favor and move

    to the top of your summer TBR list. I was perusing my shelves this weekend and realized I had a craving to be entertained. I didn't need anything complicated nor grounded; I simply wanted a thrilling read that would keep me turning the pages all night long.

    The plot is simple, mostly predictable, and pretty straight forward. I almost hate to call it a mystery, because the point of this one isn't really some big twist that the publisher promises you won't see coming.

    I think the truly gratifying aspect of this story is watching the revenge fantasy play out. The story is told while alternating between the current day chapters taking place in the elevator escape room between four wall street finance colleagues, and the portions from the past filled in from a former employee of this same financial organization. Again, you pretty much know who is doing what from the prologue, as we are shown the final elevator scene at the very beginning and come back around to how we got there. I know that sounds like a bummer, but it worked really well for me and shows that the author can carry a breathtaking novel in a satisfying manner well beyond a few "mind blowing" plot twists.

    I think the best part of the story is how we slowly are privy to why each person was chosen to be in the escape room and how everything from both timelines ties together. While, again, not realistic, it makes for a highly entertaining read, one that I managed to pull off in a single sitting and gasped when I realized it was almost midnight when I finally finished. If you enjoy authors like Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks, and Wendy Walker, you'll want to add Megan Goldin to your list of go to authors.

  • Meredith

    This is a novel to read if you are looking for

    This is a novel to read if you are looking for some mindless fun. Keep in mind that the characters are awful and have no redeeming qualities. This book also could have benefited from some editing--it is extremely redundant and the narrative structure is a little odd. While this would normally be a turn off for me, the plot and the potential outcome kept me motivated to keep on reading.

    On the other hand, in spite of these issues,

    is compulsively readable! Once I figured out the who and the what behind the escape room, I turned off the critical side of my brain, suspended my disbelief, and enjoyed the crazy ride!

    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway!

  • Debra

    Team building at its best or worst.....

    Ruthless, ambitious, selfish, greedy, jealous, intelligent, hardworking, devious and trapped are words that can easily describe Vincent, Sam, Jules, and Sylvie. They live a life of luxury fueled by the adrenaline that comes from making billion-dollar deals. No one looks better, works harder or lives faster than these four. It's a dog eat dog world they work in on wall street. They put work first- ALWAYS. So, when a text is received announcing a compulsory

    Team building at its best or worst.....

    Ruthless, ambitious, selfish, greedy, jealous, intelligent, hardworking, devious and trapped are words that can easily describe Vincent, Sam, Jules, and Sylvie. They live a life of luxury fueled by the adrenaline that comes from making billion-dollar deals. No one looks better, works harder or lives faster than these four. It's a dog eat dog world they work in on wall street. They put work first- ALWAYS. So, when a text is received announcing a compulsory team building exercise - an escape room if you will, they all show up. They get trapped in an elevator and must figure out how to escape. What could go wrong?

    Now, this was a fun book to read on a rainy day. I must give it points for originality and execution. Goldin pulled off this clever tale of involving high finance, back stabbing, revenge, and ingenuity with finesse which left me not only impressed but entertained. My advice is to suspend some disbelief and curl up with this book.

    Wowza, this book was good! I love reading all kinds of books and this book was a fun one which did not require much thought but had a huge pay off in terms of enjoy-ability. It sucked me and I was drawn to the fast-paced life the characters lived. The story flips back and forth between them being trapped in the elevator and events leading up to this team building exercise. This made for a fast read which had me captivated and turning the pages with a devilish grin on my face.

    Highly recommend.

    Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Kaceey

    If you’ve ever been in a corporate setting, you may be familiar with this. The dreaded yet mandatory work event. You know…one of those sleeper, team building exercises guaranteed to leave you rolling your eyes?

    Okay, so what if it involves an escape room? Sounds like fun right!? You bet! Right up to the exact moment you realize…

    Sara Hall finally landed her dream job on Wall Street. After struggling to pay rent and put food on the table she’s finally managed to

    If you’ve ever been in a corporate setting, you may be familiar with this. The dreaded yet mandatory work event. You know…one of those sleeper, team building exercises guaranteed to leave you rolling your eyes?🙄🙄

    Okay, so what if it involves an escape room? Sounds like fun right!? You bet! Right up to the exact moment you realize…

    Sara Hall finally landed her dream job on Wall Street. After struggling to pay rent and put food on the table she’s finally managed to make it big. Among the perks, a six figure income as her starting salary. Little did she realize her job would soon become her life...maybe even destroying

    in the process.

    This book has it all! A gripping and suspenseful thriller that will keep you flipping furiously through the pages. I was completely caught up in Sarah’s life and that of her highly successful but ruthless workmates.

    It’s clever, it’s ingenious and oh so addictive! If you’re on the look-out for a great summer thriller look no further! This is the book for you!

    A buddy read with Susanne!🌸

    Thank you to Jordan Hanley at St Martin’s Press for an ARC to read and review

  • Deanna

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    4.5 Stars!!

    I’ve always been curious about “Escape Rooms”. This sounded like such an interesting read and I couldn't wait to get started!

    The book opens as a security guard calls 911 after hearing a scream and what sounded like gunshots in what should be an empty building. The police arrive and everything is silent. Then they hear the sound of an elevator descending…

    The police stand with their guns drawn as they wait for the

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    4.5 Stars!!

    I’ve always been curious about “Escape Rooms”. This sounded like such an interesting read and I couldn't wait to get started!

    The book opens as a security guard calls 911 after hearing a scream and what sounded like gunshots in what should be an empty building. The police arrive and everything is silent. Then they hear the sound of an elevator descending…

    The police stand with their guns drawn as they wait for the elevator doors to open...

    Then all hell breaks loose.

    Four top employees of Stanhope and Sons have been called to attend a last-minute meeting. These four employees have spent more time with each other than anyone else in the last several years. In some cases, they know each other better than they know themselves.

    is a previous model whose career ended after a horrific accident. She's supposed to be leaving for Paris that evening.

    was supposed to be leaving for a trip to Antigua with his family. His wife, Kim, is furious that he has to attend this last-minute meeting.

    has been struggling lately and is trying to disguise the alcohol on his breath.

    is their boss and was the last to arrive. Though he sent the email about this meeting, in many ways he’s just as in the dark as they are.

    Sylvie, Sam, and Jules ask Vincent why they are there and he tells them they will be doing an Escape Room challenge. The group is angry that they have to do this “team-building” activity. However, they know that the firm has been talking about layoffs lately. It is in their best interest to play along.

    The doors immediately shut behind them and the lights turn off, plunging them into darkness. The small TV screen in the corner shows a message:

    This was a gripping read with no shortage of drama and suspense. I finished it in no time!

  • Emily May

    My reaction to

    was not expected. I'd seen some mixed reviews from friends, with some calling it a little cheesy, or saying that all

    😴 My reaction to

    was not expected. I'd seen some mixed reviews from friends, with some calling it a little cheesy, or saying that all characters were unlikable (both true), but everyone seemed to agree on one thing-- that it was compelling. And, honestly, that's all I really wanted. Some nice undemanding thrills.

    But this book bored me almost senseless. I can't believe it took me nearly two weeks to finish it.

    The book is being sold as an escape room-style challenge that turns nasty. Four colleagues - Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam - are trapped in an elevator (or "lift", as I would say) in a bizarre corporate team-building exercise and are presented with clues to help them escape. Except this part of the book only takes up a small percentage of the page time.

    While it's true that every other chapter we return to the elevator to hear these four highly-obnoxious people whine about their circumstances, bitch about each other's work at the company, and complain about their six-figure bonuses, the majority of the book goes back in time and is narrated by another of their colleagues called Sara Hall. The majority of the book is actually about investment bankers at a top-level firm.

    We hear again and again about the luxuries that come with working there, and the sacrifices that must be made. Snooze-worthy detailing of closing deals and who gets the biggest share of the bonus. The opening pages of the book reveal that it all ends in a bloodbath, and yet it is hard to see why we should care. Rather than wondering who died, and why, I spent most of the book feeling like I wouldn't mind killing them myself.

    The characters in the elevator remain dull and underdeveloped; they are nothing more than selfish, overpaid investment bankers, and this made it really hard for me to care about what would happen to any of them. Plus, the way the book is set out means there is no twist or reveal-- it is obvious pretty much immediately what is going on and who is responsible.

    Also: Can people really go 34 hours without needing to pee?

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