The Escape Room – Book Review

The Escape Room: 'One of my favourite books of the year' LEE CHILD by [Megan Goldin]

Title:- The Escape Room

Author:- Megan Goldin

Date published:- July 30th 2019

Genre:- Psychological Thriller

No. of pages:- 368 pages


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?

After reading Night Swim by Megan Goldin, this book has been in my want to read list for a while, as this is her debut book. Finally, I got my hands on this book and was excited to read this, wanting to know, why this had so much of raving reviews.

And…I was not disappointed at all.

Vincent, Sam, Sylvie and Jules are ambitious Wall Street financiers. So they are invited for a “escape room” challenge and they were locked in the elevator on their way to the HR. What turned to be solving crptic codes soon became a nightmare, when the lights go off and each of them reveals a dark secret that made them climb up the corporal ladder.

This was…such an intense book! The story divides between the time when the four were stuck in an elevator to the the past, told from the perspective of a young woman named Sara Hall, who gets the job in the same investment bank company as well. From start to finish, this book was intense, fast paced and the author has done a good job of drawing the reader into the story. As a reader, you wonder, are they going to make out of the elevator alive…or will all four of them die? Who is behind this sick escape room challenge? Is it one of their own? I was glued to the book, to see what was going to happen at the end. The twist at the end was so unexpected that I took a breather for a moment, thinking what did I just read! This was a unputdownable thriller that will keep you up all night!

Megan Goldin is the author of The Escape Room, a 2019 thriller that Lee Child called “one of my favorite books of the year” and Harlan Coben called “thrilling and unforgettable”. Megan’s new novel The Night Swim will be released in August 2020. Before becoming a novelist, Megan worked as a reporter covering the Middle East and Asia for the Reuters news agency, the Associate Press and the ABC as well as other news outlets.

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