Review: The Escape Room


Title: The Escape Room

Author: Megan Goldin



Book 3 for 2019 FridayFrightAThon! Hosted by myself, Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills, Melanie @ Meltotheany, and Chelsea @ Chelsea Palmer

Goodreads Synopsis:

Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to reach the top.

When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare.

The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—”now gone but not forgotten”.

This is no longer a game.
They’re fighting for their lives.


“If we all knew the truth, it would bring out our worst, most primitive instincts. We’d turn into feral animals. We’d consume one another.”

The Escape Roomwas the third book for our Friday Fright A Thon picks this year! An escape room in an elevator gone wrong? Sign me up. The premise of this book sounded so incredible! I couldn’t wait to dive in.

Vincent has hand-picked his very own team working on Wall Street – Jules, Sylvie, and Sam. Everything at this level is high adrenaline, high risk, and high reward. But sometimes, with bigger risks comes bigger secrets, and everyone on his team seems to have one. And while the perks of the job may be great, the hours are long and when the company beckons, everyone jumps to obey.

“If truth be told, I think that most of us would have killed for Stanhope.”

One night, the entire team is called to participate in a team-building exercise: an escape room. Only this escape room is located in an elevator inside an empty building. It doesn’t take long for the team to realize something’s gone wrong: their elevator is locked, the clues don’t make sense, and nobody is coming to let them out after an hour. And as tension rises, secrets start to bubble to the surface. This escape room has higher stakes than any deal they’ve ever made.

“Death, after all, was the ultimate equalizer.”

Like I said above, the premise of this book was really exciting to me and I couldn’t wait to start reading it. Unfortunately, as I got further into the book I became a little disappointed. But let’s start what I did like first!

This book bounced back and forth between two points of view: That of the team inside the elevator, and that of Sara Hall, a former member of their team providing flashes of the past. I can’t say that I liked any POV better than the other – I enjoyed them both, and I really liked how the past and present seemed to blend together and provide clues along the way.

I think the biggest problem is that this story started off with a bang – trapped in an escape room with nowhere to go. It sounds absolutely terrifying! But then the story kind of stuttered to a halt. But the bigger problem was the characters. While I liked Sara and another character named Lucy, I despised everyone in the elevator, and over time even came to dislike Sara. They weren’t very redeemable characters, and I found that I didn’t really care what happened to them at the end of the story. I also HATED the ending, which was a big bummer.

Overall, I have to say this book was decidedly average, and I hope you like it more than I did! I will say that I did like the writing and the way the book was set up, and I would try out another book by Megan Goldin again! Hopefully I enjoy the next one more.



I'm a late 20-something physical therapist living in Michigan with my hubby who loves reading and reviewing books, running, wine, and dogs.

5 thoughts on “Review: The Escape Room

  1. I love love love the premise of this book… I’m sad that I’ve seen so many mediocre reviews on it though! I still think I’ll give it a chance, it’s just not at the tip-top of my TBR anymore.

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