The Escape Room by: Megan Goldin

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? “

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Potential triggers…

  • Rape/sexual assault
  • Murder
  • Workplace harassment and bullying

I’ve spent the last few days trying to think of how to write up this review. Trying to ensure I give you enough information so you want to read the book, while at the same time avoiding any potential spoilers, which is hard when it comes to thrillers. This being my first thriller review, please bear with me, I hope to do well, and look for any helpful tips or tricks that come my way. That being said, let’s get this review started!

When I first picked this book up, the only information I had was what was on the back cover. There were a few other Booktok accounts that had mentioned reading this book and all they’d say was it was great or fantastic. As someone who’d only recently started reading thrillers, and really only thriller’s that were also romances, I really went into this book blind.

Given orders to meet, for a team-building escape room challenge, we are introduced to Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam. As the story unfolds we find out more and more about these four, and the secrets they’ve been hiding together, and from each other. We learn the lengths some will go to make money and stay at the top of their game.

This book has me up until 5 am because I needed to know how it would end, I couldn’t imagine putting it down and attempting sleep without knowing. While reading this book, I found it read like a really good movie, I could easily see it all unfold in my head.

If you’re new to the thriller genre, I definitely feel, this book is a great book to start with. Easily read due to its fast pace and it not being bogged down with a ton of world-building, as most of it takes place in an elevator.

I will add a small trigger warning, though it doesn’t go into great detail, sexual assault does come up in the story.

This review doesn’t do the book justice, with the back of the book barely giving away anything, I hesitate to write more since there are so many potential spoilers I might end up drawing. That being said if you enjoy a good thriller, or want to read your first, give this book a shot!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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