The Escape Room

The Escape Room

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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?

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250219657
Branch Call Number: GOLDIN M
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 25 cm


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DCLadults Aug 14, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. A team-building exercise goes awry. Locked in an elevator a team works together to escape. But one of them is a killer and they are fighting for their lives.

Aug 11, 2019

Been along time since I’ve read a book where revenge plotted by a victim ends as it should! This story was very entertaining, a page turner with, for me, a satisfying end! Well done!

Jul 21, 2019

What happens when you put four high end investment bankers in an elevator and turn it into an escape room? How long does the veneer of civilization last when the dollar signs become part of the equation? Who is pulling the strings? With a prologue to establish setting the remainder of the narrative alternates between the escape room/elevator and the story of Sara Hall (set sometime in the past). Filled with ambition, desperation, sabotage and greed; this is a riveting thriller with some rough edges. I give Megan Goldin high marks for this unique use of the escape room concept. The timing was a bit off, but I look forward to seeing what she writes next.

debwalker Jun 25, 2019

"Highly successful colleagues Sam, Vincent, Sylvie, and Jules are no strangers to the competitive world of high finance but after they become trapped in an elevator escape room they find themselves having to work together. For readers of Tana French, Karin Slaughter, and Harlan Coben." --KC Davis, Fairfield Woods Library, Fairfield, Conn.

JCLGreggW Jun 09, 2019

Four coworkers in a high-powered banking firm are trapped in an elevator. As they unravel their connection to each other, things turn decidedly deadly. A great hook provides juice to an otherwise ordinary airplane thriller.

Apr 17, 2019

The Escape Room is a compelling tale set in the cutthroat world of investment banking. We follow two threads, one telling Sara Hall’s story of recruitment and employment on Wall Street and the group she works with; the other is set in the present day as her group finds themselves trapped in an elevator in the building to which they’d been summoned for an escape room team activity. Without giving much away, suffice it to say that this book is a total page turner as characters are revealed and the plot develops.

Aug 21, 2018

This is a great Book, one of the best "wall street themed" Psychological Thrillers I have ever read. The story line has serious potential to turn into an exceptional, quality movie thriller.,

Aug 21, 2018

Riveting read,Highly recommended.

LoganLib_Phoebe Jul 24, 2018

Four investment bankers are locked in an elevator escape room challenge. But all the clues point to the deaths of two of their coworkers. Will anyone survive?


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