Book Review for THE ESCAPE ROOM by Megan Goldin
THE ESCAPE ROOM by Megan Goldin
St. Martin's Press
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A multilayered, smart, and taut thriller filled with the uncertainty in what people are truly capable of.
In Goldin’s debut, THE ESCAPE ROOM, the author explores the greedy side of human nature and how one act can cause a completely unexpected chain of events.
Here is the thing. I enjoyed this story, but it did take me about halfway to get really into it. I think it is because it is so meticulously plotted. The author uses every moment to inform another part of the book, and each step we take with the characters has a purpose. I love it when an idea or a situation from an earlier chapter comes up at the end. This careful construction of the narrative, coupled with eloquence and constant flow to the writing makes you want to find out what will happen at the end.
As far as first novels go, this is a fantastic start. The author exposes the darker nature of humanity while still managing to give us a glimmer of hope here and there. THE ESCAPE ROOM is tense, well thought out, and a candid look at how self-serving people can be. If you like a mystery with a bit of grit and a whole lot of backstabbing, this will be a must-read for you.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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 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?
About the Author: MEGAN GOLDIN reported from the Middle East for the Associated Press, Reuters, and the ABC. During nearly two decades as a journalist, she wrote about war, peace, and international terrorism. After travelling and living all over the world, she resides in Australia with her husband and three sons. The Escape Room is her US debut.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 30, 2019)
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