Hi, all! As you can see by the title, this was a buddy read (and an awesome one at that). I read this book alongside Shalini, who as you will see in a bit, has a great way with words when it comes to reviews! She is currently holding the #4 spot for Top Reviewers in India in the last 12 months on GoodReads… can we just acknowledge how awesome that is? So, if you are a book lover and aren’t already following her, then I’d definitely recommend checking her out.
So, I had posted that I was on the market for a buddy reading partner, and Shalini and I found that we had a couple of books in common, and decided to embark on this buddy reading adventure! And let me just go ahead and say… this book did not disappoint. I was originally looking for a buddy read because I had felt my interest in my books draining a bit and I really needed a good read to pull me back in. This did the job.
That being said, let’s get into the book!
(I would like to add first that I am quite unsure about that publish date. The listed date is the one I found on GoodReads, but NetGalley has Aug. 6th, 2019 listed for publication. So… don’t hold me to that, please)
‘Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.’
In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead.
When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive.
Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?
Rating: 4.5 stars
Brittany came up with a brilliant plan to buddy read with me. Well, that was the perfect push for me to read the book ASAP. I enjoyed my discussions with her and the way we encouraged and joined our reading energies with each other.
The entire situation of heightened emotions in the elevator brought on a flurry of goosebumps and Megan Goldin’s writing had me addicted to this book. My vengeant heart which demanded blood and justice midway down the book was finally quiet when the last chapter was revealed. Loved the book.
Rating: 4.75 stars
Note: Thank you to St. Martins Press for reaching out to me to invite me to read and review this. I was sent a copy for free in exchange for my honest review.
I’ve see a lot of mixed reviews on this book and I have to say… I truly don’t understand why. This book was great for me.
Goldin has created a realistic setting in New York City that properly portrays the corporate greed that lives within all investment bankers. Readers are immediately pulled into a world of characters being overworked, underappreciated, and overpaid. Everyone is replaceable, and no one is safe. If you think being fired from a 6-7 figure job is the scariest thing a Wall Street banker faces, then The Escape Room plans to prove to you otherwise.
The book is written with varying chapters. Half are from the third person POV of the forever increasingly greedy four (Sylvie, Sam, Jules, and Vincent) stuck in an elevator being used as an escape room in the present. The other half of the book is written from Sara Hall’s first person POV in past tense, because Sara is presumably dead. Goldin managed to master switching between these two POVs perfectly so that the reader is never given too much information before needed. Readers are kept in the dark about a lot of things, and slowly Goldin gives us new information in very unique ways.
The characters are all anti-heroes. Even Sara, who is undoubtedly the most conscientious of the five listed characters. I personally found myself always routing for Sara, even before I knew what I came to know… which sounds cryptic, but hey, read the book. Lucy was probably my favorite character overall, even though we don’t actually get to read from her own point of view. She’s insanely smart, artistic, and real without fail. You’ll see.
The story line of this book was amazingly intriguing, making it impossible to want to put down. As a reader you will always be a few steps behind the characters and Goldin, and even if you think you know what’s going on… trust me, you don’t. It’s been a long time since I’ve been presented with a story that was thrilling in such a “keep me on my toes” kind of way, because I’m usually pretty good at solving whatever mystery there is fairly early into the book. However, there are so many dirty, greedy schemes happening in this corporate setting that even if you solve one puzzle, you’ll just be presented with another. Don’t worry, it’s never too daunting though.
I highly recommend this read if you like thrilling mysteries.