The Escape Room

The Escape Room

by Megan Goldin


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"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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250219657
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 720
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

MEGAN GOLDIN worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia where she raises three sons and is a foster mum to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. THE ESCAPE ROOM is her debut novel.

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The Escape Room 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Anonymous 2 days ago
I enjoyed the book. The ending was a bit of a disappointment. I needed a little more closure. I can't explain it better without giving the ending away. Don't get me wrong. It was still a great book.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Vincent, Sylvie, Sam, and Jules are all executives with the firm, Stanhope and Sons. At the last minute, they have been told that they have to spend the weekend together in a team building activity and they have been assigned an escape room challenge. All of them know that with the down turn of the market, their jobs could be eliminated, so they reluctantly agree. We see other employees of the firm and how women are not treated as fairly as the men. At bonus time, that is made abundantly clear. There is a female employee with Asbergers, but she has a brilliant mind and is an amazing artist. There is Sara who is an MBA graduate and has just been hired by Stanhope and Sons. She is struggling to prove her worth, loves her job, and wants so much to succeed. When some unfair dealings occur, things explode. This is a fascinating book. It was difficult for me to compose some teasers without giving out spoilers. Suffice to say, I found this to be a fabulous story with characters that I’m betting “walk among us” every day. Prepare to be glued to this book, it’s going to take you on quite a ride. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
JFArteche 4 days ago
Book Review: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin With an exceptionally crafty plot, this financial thriller is loaded with a heavy dose of corporate drama and high-tech gimmickry, builds up intrigue as the development of characters unfold chapter after chapter, and keeps the reader on the edge in suspense through the finale, such that divulging the "real" protagonist(s) and antagonist(s) in this review would be a spoiler. While the story may be in parts implausible, the quality of writing is high and consistent to make for an entertaining read. It certainly whets the appetite to be on the lookout for future creations of this Ms. Goldin! Review based on an advance reading copy provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press.
Laeljeanne 4 days ago
Sylvie, Sam, and Jules are summoned, along with their boss Vincent, to a meeting in a remote office still under construction, with no explanation, and no knowledge of who the summoner might be. Following directions, they ride the elevator up, but it stops and the display gives clues to the summoner and instructions in riddle format to escape the elevator. The anonymous summoner has no idea the volatile emotions these four feel for each other. Goldin starts the story off a bit slowly, but builds tension quickly with integrated flashbacks in this scathing take on how corporate Wall Street destroys people. Filling in Dear Reader on their backgrounds invokes sympathy for these unlikable characters, and the end is a gasping surprise. Fans of Liane Moriarty will appreciate this story. I was fortunate to receive a copy from St. Martin’s Press through NetGalley.
Tomasitoreads 4 days ago
I received an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review. The Escape Room is a fast paced story, that describes the rise, fall, and ultimate revenge of brilliant investment banker Sara Hall. Each chapter alternates between Sara Hall’s past, and the present, in which 4 bankers (Jules,Sam,Vincent and Sylvie) from Sara’s firm Stanhope & Sons, endure a grueling experience inside a trapped elevator fighting for their lives. In order to escape, they are compelled to solve clues which force them to face their awful pasts, and admit to crimes they thought were long-buried. Highly entertaining, with a twist that isn't signalled from too early on in the piece. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, and Grisham’s The Firm, you’ll probably enjoy The Escape Room as well. A very enjoyable read.
Dee_Arr 4 days ago
Author Megan Goldin has created a double thriller, weaving two stories together and simultaneously bringing them both to a nail-biting climax. It was nearly impossible to set this book down. Ms. Goldin expertly creates the convincing story of Sara, a recent grad student who gains employment with a high-flying investment company. The excitement of gaining a prominent job soon evolves into endless days and weeks of mind-numbing work. We are brought along, barely noticing the darker elements slowly mixed with the plot until, just like Sara, the danger has begun to envelop us. The point of view shifts with each chapter, first with Sara and then with the members of her team at Stanhope. They are in the midst of a work crisis, and are worried for their jobs. The mandatory meeting scheduled for late Friday quickly evolves into a challenge, one the coworkers have no choice but to participate in as unwilling partners. This is a gripping read, one that should engage your senses as the mysterious thriller unfolds. The plot shifts unexpectantly more than once, and even though I guessed part of the ending, I did not realize everything and I finished the book satisfied with how everything turned out. Four stars. My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a complimentary copy of this book.
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5669317 6 days ago
Thank you to the St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for an ARC of this book for my honest opinion. This book is a little out there and far fetched especially the last 1/4 or so. But it is a fun ride along the way. This would make a great movie!! It is truly unrealistic and the characters are kind of caricatures of the people they are supposed to be but its fun and fast paced.
JM Free Kicks Fiction 6 days ago
I wasn’t sure where this book was going at first. When I see “escape room,” I think of the “for fun” rooms that are so popular right now, so I guess I was expecting that. While there were hints of an escape room, this wasn’t the way I pictured it. In some ways, it was much more interesting. I liked how the author alternated time frames, so I was kept off-balance. Once the first reveal occurred, I shifted into trying to figure out the connections. From that point, the author did a great job of leaving hints along the way as the characters also tried to figure out what was happening. My only complaint was that the ending seemed a little bit hurried, especially given the length of the setup. However, I liked that those who were “powerful” had to scramble, while those who were on lower rungs truly held power. That was a significant aspect of the story. I would recommend this book as a good page-turner. Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and the author for a complimentary, pre-release digital ARC of this book.
Nycol 6 days ago
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin was a high-octane ride that will make you want to right all your wrongs for fear of future repercussions. It was well-written and the characters were fully developed. However, I was disappointed that this book wasn’t more about the actual escape room but more about the individual’s lives and how they wound up in the escape room. I was hoping to see more action in the actual escape room. Other than that, it was a good read that you will enjoy. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
ShihTzuMama 7 days ago
I am one of those readers who likes to visualize characters and scenarios and cast the parts for a potential movie. With THE ESCAPE ROOM author Megan Goldin has given her readers a not so likable, but definitely interesting, cast with whom to work. My choices for the screen version would include Charlize Theron as Sylvie, Zac Efron as Sam, Bradley Cooper playing Vincent, Andrew Lincoln as Jules, Emma Stone as Sara Hall, and Chloe Grace Moretz as Lily. Now that you have the players imagine this plot. Four cut-throat investment bankers lured to an out of office meeting are duped into playing a game of escape room…….in an elevator…guided by nebulous clues……and with the possibility that failure to escape could have fatal consequences. This is one of those revenge scenarios that tends to strain credulity but fortunately that does not restrict the readers enjoyment since all of the “captives” are a group you’ll love to hate and are eminently deserving of any and all punishments being meted out by their “dead” colleague. A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception and greed filled with dark twists.
KarenfromDothan 8 days ago
Fresh out of grad school, Sara is desperate for work. Despite top grades and glowing letters of recommendation, she’s having a tough time landing her dream Wall Street job. The economy is in a recession and no one seems to be hiring. A chance encounter in an elevator leads her to the prestigious firm of Stanhope and Sons. She becomes a member of Vincent’s team, and is immediately thrown into the whirlwind world of high finance. This A1 thriller alternates between Sara’s story and the four members of Vincent’s team trapped in an elevator stuck at the 70th floor. When the team members are greeted with this message, “Welcome to the Escape Room. Your Goal is Simple. Get Out Alive,” you just know you’re in for a gripping read. Fraught with suspense from beginning to end, this is one heck of a good story.
Anonymous 9 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an arc in exchange for my honest review. The Escape Room did not live up to the hype for me. I wouldn't call it a thriller nor is it even an escape room. It starts with four awful co-workers, Vincent, Slyvie, Jules and Sam--summoned to what is supposed to be a team meeting. It turns out that they think this is an escape room challenge--which it is clearly not. Then, the next chapter shifts to Sara Hall, and I am thinking, "Who is this person and why do I care about her?" The chapters go back and forth between Sara's POV of how she came to work at the firm with the four co-workers mentioned above and that of the people in the elevator. I didn't mind it as I found some chapters more exciting than others. A whole bunch of Sara's chapters could have been omitted and/or shortened. I didn't care to read about the high finance world of getting this deal or that. I thought the elevator chapters would be more exciting, but that wasn't the case. The clues were few and far between and it got a little boring. The suspense was lacking. How many times could it be mentioned that it was extremely hot in the elevator? The ending was so far-fetched, ridiculous and unreal. I felt a little let down when I got to that part. I'm giving it three stars, because I did finish the book, though it was so not what I wanted or expected it to be.
ReadABookNow 10 days ago
"They all had good reason to want one another dead. Here in the elevator, it would be easy." Four ambitious, successful and overworked investment bankers follow just one more of the relentless orders passed down to them from their superiors, this time requesting that they meet for a last minute team-building exercise. The four, Vincent, Sylvie, Sam, and Jules find themselves trying to decipher codes and solve their way out of a stalled elevator in a vacant construction site. As time passes, tempers flare and secrets come out. And in the end, who, if any will escape? This was an interesting and enticing thriller, alternating from third person POV to first person, via the voice of Sara Hall, a former co-worker of the four. There are a lot of hints throughout the story as to what's going on, but the details are too complex to figure out entirely, and these made the story an edge-of-your-seat adventure. As the novel progressed toward the end, and the story unfolded, some of the details were pretty unbelievable, but by that time I was thoroughly caught up in the book to care. I just wanted to know how it was going to end! Speaking of the end, there were a couple of things that the author didn't tie down firmly, which leads me to believe there's a possibility for a sequel. I'm not sure I would care for that; I really just wanted a more definitive ending to this one. However, I did enjoy the book, and I think it would make an exciting movie. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. 4 stars
Virginiaw 10 days ago
This book was hard for me to describe. I love the suspense that runs through this whole story. Each of these characters that are all financial advisers are not very likable. Each of them seems to only be after money. I loved to hate each of these people. There were many twists and turns throughout. I was rooting for the “bad”.guy at times. I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
PattySmith87 10 days ago
Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Megan Goldin for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of The Escape Room. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. The Escape Room. Those popular places for millennials (and now families and birthday parties are jumping in the mix), where you pay to get trapped in a room with a bunch of people. You have to figure out the clues to escape. This is something my kids have expressly forbidden us from doing. They claim we wouldn’t be able to get past the first clue. Too much arguing over who’s right. I’m not sure they’re wrong. In this story, Goldin juxtaposes Sara Hall against 4 people stuck in an elevator by alternating point-of-view chapters. Sara Hall comes from humble beginnings. She is broke, working as a waitress to make ends meet and desperate for a real job. By chance she meets Vincent (in an elevator of all places!). He hires her to work at Stanhope, a Wall Street finance firm. The job is demanding with no room for a personal life. You work 7 days a week, with people who are hardcore, highly competitive, unfriendly and unhelpful. If you make a mistake or can’t keep up, you’re fired. So sweet little Sara goes to work with the sharks. Her story arc shows her climbing up the corporate ladder even though she never fully fits in. The alternate chapters are about four of Sara’s co-workers trapped in an elevator. They were lured there on a Friday night under the pretense of a team-building activity. Nobody wants to be doing the escape room challenge, but all are too scared to not take part in a company-mandated activity. As a reader, you get the sense that this escape room is not all that it seems and it quickly goes to hell-in-a-hand-basket and they start to turn on one another. I felt very good at the end of this book. It was a satisfying read. The kind of satisfaction when people get what they deserve. I feel good when that happens. Sometimes in revenge fiction, the author backs off, so I appreciate it when they go full throttle. It’s fiction, not real life, so I like someone to gets their comeuppance. In the beginning, it is obvious that Sara is not in the elevator with the rest of her team. You know there’s a reason. I felt like it took a long time for the real story to start. I get a little impatient with how long it takes to get to this part of the story. Yes, there has to be the setup. I understand. But why does it have to take up so much of the book? My experience reading is that it feels like preamble until the author acknowledges this and then I can move on. I felt like ninety percent was waiting to get to the last ten percent. Another example is that we know that there is something important inside the record Lucy leaves Sara. So why do we have to wait so long for this to be addressed? I’m not going to forget about it. Not in a mystery/thriller. After a certain point, it just isn’t suspenseful. But, I really liked the ending. So I felt good when it was over. I had other issues, so without giving any spoilers, I will try and explain. I like the whole idea of being ten steps ahead, chess move type situation, that a character will take on. But I thought that many of the chess moves were unnecessary and didn’t even understand why some of them were happening. These issues weren’t major, as they are in some books, so I still overall enjoyed the read. I liked the characters and how they interacted. They were juicy. The rot
Anonymous 10 days ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. In the world of Wall Street banking, money comes before everything and the Stanhope bankers in this book don't care who they hurt to get ahead. But after a couple deals fall through, they are invited to an escape room challenge to promote teamwork. It takes place in an elevator and as the conditions worsen and personalities clash, the truth about a co-workers' death comes out. This book was pretty good. I liked the chapters about Sara Hall, and the alternating chapters between her story in the past and the events on the elevator made it more interesting. I thought the story lagged a bit in the middle, but the exciting ending made up for it.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Told from multiple character's points of view, The Escape Room is a "can't put down" book. With some of the characters trying to navigate the Escape Room, others provide both the back and future story. It's full of twists, turns, and puzzles. Some characters are so heart-wrenching familiar and others -- you really hope they get what's coming to them. :-) I really enjoyed this book and thought the ending was very fitting and wonderful.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Wow, this was a great book! I have always enjoyed psychological thrillers but this one is the best I have read in a long time and was a real page turner! I found it hard to put this book down and if I hadn't needed to sleep and work, I would have stayed up all night reading it! Is the storyline realistic? No but part of the reason I enjoy books is to have the fun of a non-realistic story, so if you are the type that needs a realistic storyline this isn't the book for you. This is a fast paced book and you are glued to each page. It is rare for me to get so into a book that I actually crave reading it when I am not able to. Even rarer for me is a 5 star review, but this book truly blew me a way. I actually feel a little down that I am done with it. Great characters and a fantastic storyline, Megan Goldin is an author I will be following and I look forward to her next book!
pbdkari 11 days ago
I really thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced psychological thriller from the very beginning to the very end. It was like a friend I didn’t want to part with and was saddened when I did finish reading. I wholeheartedly despised some of the characters and events that occurred in this book and hate know how greed does actually manage to change and control people in real life. But now imagine being stuck in an Elevator with some awful conditions and awful people that you truly don’t like but pretended to because of money and are being forced to play a game as it is now labeled as “The Escape Room”. One that they don’t know who put them into this room and what they must do in order to get out order to survive!
nccntrygrl01 13 days ago
This book was just filled with action. The book starts with the four showing up to what is supposed to be a meeting but ends up being “and escape room challenge” by not. It quickly becomes evident that they are there as some kind of revenge. Throughout the story we go back and forth in time, seeing how the parties ended up here and who Sara Hall is. We see them at their worst and how corporate ambition and greed corrupts. One thing I never saw coming was the twist at the end, Throughout the story I kept thinking I knew who was behind it all, but I never saw the end coming. I loved this and old most definitely read other books by this author! 5 out of 5. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy
nookerCB 14 days ago
The Escape Room is already one of my favorite books of the year. Alternating between the present where co-workers are in the elevator, “the escape room” of the title, and the past where all the events occurred to set up the encounters in the elevator, and the tension builds. As each chapter progressed, I thought I knew what was going to happen and I am pleased to say I was wrong. I did not see that twist coming and it was wonderful. You had people to root for and people to root against and all that in between. This is great story telling! Just read it already.
HugsandKissesforBooks 14 days ago
Intense and clever! Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review The Escape Room by Megan Goldin! The story opens as Miguel walks his night shift rounds in the empty, not-yet-open office building. He hears a scream and gunshots so he calls 9-1-1 and two policemen arrive. The police are skeptical until an elevator door opens and they start shooting. When Miguel finally gets a view of the elevator, he’s disturbed because he’s never seen that much blood before. The story then jumps back to thirty-four hours earlier when four people meet in an empty office building in the South Bronx on a Friday night. Next, Sylvie, Sam, Jules and Vincent are introduced to the story and they’re all on edge since the meeting was set up last minute and is interfering with their personal plans. The meeting appears to be an escape room challenge and as the four coworkers struggle to find clues, the story alternates with Sara as she’s interviewed, hired and works for Stanhope. Fresh out of college, Sara is thrown right into the devious nature of the career path she’s chosen and the financial and investment banker world takes a devastating toll on her entire life. Greed makes people cold and brutal and Sara learns firsthand how cruel people can be. She’s upset over the supposed suicidal death of coworker Lucy and questions Vincent when she feels that Lucy didn’t really commit suicide. She asks him if he thinks that maybe there was foul play. After that discussion, Sara’s berated about her work and her appearance and she eventually loses her job. The story alternates between Sara and her four elevator-confined coworkers. The escape room clues are interesting and we learn the reasoning behind them as the trapped four work them out. A solid suspenseful tale of greed, self-absorption and actions people might take to ensure that they come out on top, 4 stars! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
IraWo 15 days ago
Woooow, what a ride! Honestly? This was not a book that pulled me in right from the start. Actually, it took me three tries to get past the first chapters - and then I couldn't put it down anymore. There were times when I thought that some things didn't sound very plausible or a bit overstated but on the whole the story drew me in. The different perspectives of those in the escalator, trying desperately to survive and Sara's part telling us about the events that led to the death of several people and might - well, let's just say that the further we get, the more we learn about Vincent and the others in the escalator, the more we realize that there is a definite chance that not all of them...or none...might be able to escape. And the more we learn about them...let's just say that I was getting more and more upset and seeing that in the present situation most of them showed character traits that didn't necessarily endear them to me either...well, I didn't feel very sorry for them. Still - I was intrigued and even when I felt that I knew what was happening or rather who made things happen, I needed to know more about it. When all of their dark secrets are revealed, the events come thick and fast and nothing will ever be the same - not even for those who survive. If someone survives... A well-written, intriguing and compelling story that kept me on my toes, I really enjoyed reading this book!
TJReads 15 days ago
What a great book!! I don’t even want to review this because I don’t want to give away any spoilers. I loved the way it was written, each chapter covers two different scenarios, one is happening as the book progresses, the other is the history behind why the current scenario is happening. In the very beginning I quickly realized I am certainly in the wrong line of career; I should have gone into financial money management. But on the other hand, I’m not sure I could have kept up with their lifestyle. And when my boss recommends an escape room team challenge, I think I will decline or call in sick. This is an awesome psychological thriller with a strong storyline and well thought out characters. I highly recommend. I could compare this book to two of my favorite movies, but in doing so, I would give something away. Just read it, Sara and Lucy will entertain you. This one comes in with 5*****’s. I thank St. Martin’s Press and Net Galley for allowing me the privilege of reading this book for my honest review.