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The Escape Room

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  781 ratings  ·  353 reviews
‘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
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 28th 2018 by Penguin eBooks
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Kylie D
Wow, what an amazing book! I've read many psychological thrillers, but this one is at a different level entirely. In a world where greed rules and everything else is just an annoyance we see 4 members of an elite investment banking team embarking on an escape room challenge that they have been told is compulsory by their employers. Yet after a while they find that this is no ordinary escape room. Locked in a tiny elevator the clues and questions pit them against each other, and it soon becomes a ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
5 stars for the entertainment factor. ZERO stars for believability! In the end, fun beat out reality!

The Escape Room is a psychological thriller about four co-workers locked in an elevator in order to complete a team-building exercise. They think they just need to complete the challenge and they will be free to go, but things don’t go as planned. What seemed like a harmless game becomes MUCH more as the participants struggle to make it out alive.

This is a novel to read if you are looking for
they thought it was a game, but they never signed a waiver….for MURRRRRDERRRR!!!!!

this is what a christopher pike novel looks like when it grows up.

this is Saw in an elevator.

if you think either of those comments are made disparagingly, let’s never be friends.

this book is pure freaking fun: it grabs your attention from the outset and keeps you locked in for the duration of the ride, action flipping between past and present, frequently switching character POV so you’re always slightly off-bala
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was a pleasant surprise.

I started reading around midnight with the intention of getting in a couple of chapters before I went to sleep and the next thing I knew my morning alarm was going off.

This is one of those kind of stories that you read purely for the entertainment value. This book won't win any literary awards and it certainly won't change your life, but if you're looking for an absorbing read with a unique plot featuring despicable people that get their just deserts, then thi
Holly  B
Let the page flipping begin...

A chess game of survival for those trapped in an elevator!

I had so much fun reading this one! It was both intriguing and suspenseful as the "rules" of the game unfolded. Four rich and greedy investment bankers find themselves stuck in an elevator with someone delivering " clues and cryptic messages  "on how to get out. Will they turn on each other? Who is responsible for setting them up? And..... can they get out alive?

Someone has an ax to grind and playing alon
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow... this was such a fun ride!!!!

I wouldn't categorize The Escape Room as a psychological thriller per say. But, it definitely keeps you turning those pages and wondering what is going on!!

Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are the pure elite that work for Wall Street in Finance. Talk about having more money then you could dream off with these four. Nothing matters but getting more and more money to them while making their way to the top.

The four of them are required to complete a team building
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
What an adrenalin rush The Escape Room was absolutely loved every minute kept me turning the pages, the prose sounded interesting & the characters were abhorrent greedy rich bankers who would kill their own grandmother to make a quick buck. until 4 bankers Vincent Devries , Sylvie, Sam & Jules get stuck in a lift the lights go out & the game of survival starts.

fear grips them all trust know one trusts the other its a dog eat dog world if your a female living in a mans domain, then we
"The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don't want to do." (Gordon Gekko)

Megan Goldin takes us on a whirlwind ride through the financial district of ol' New York City. She sees to it that we're immersed in the ruthless, highly competitive, cynical behavior of the rich and the powerful. Stepping over the threshold to ride the money train falls to the ticketed and certainly not to the unfortunate ticketless.

Sara Hall stares down at the golden seal on her recent MBA fr
 Li'l Owl
The Escape Room by Megan Goldin will hit the shelves in May 2019! Provocative and Highly Entertaining! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟's!

The head of his department, Vincent recievs a text with instructions to assemble his team and bring them to the eightieth floor of highrise in the South Bronx. All the team members are told that there is a mandatory last minute meeting. one that would be highly prudent to attend. Once everyone is in the lobby, Vincent reveals that they are to participate in a team building challenge of
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, thriller
3 Stars

The idea of the story was something new to me, something I hadn’t read about before and it seemed interesting but the story itself, unfortunately, wasn’t what I expected. I don’t count it as a mystery and as a thriller, it didn’t excite me or thrill me. It’s slow-paced and dragged at places, there was too much information that wasn’t necessary to be told. Told in multiple POV, in both 1st and 3rd person. I went into it with high expectations but unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I thoug
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Escape Room is a perfect balance of white-collar and psychological crime which plays on the one percent's penchant for a privileged life where lust, greed, and murder equals wealth.

Four top investment bankers are lured into an empty building under the guise of a demand by the company's human resources department, presumably to discuss a round of firings giving the company's recent poor performance. Upon entering the elevator, the four, all consumed by their phone screens are oblivious to th
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Megan Goldin's second novel is a cracker - an exhilarating mix of corporate crime and psychological thriller as a high flying team of Wall Street bankers are lured into what they think is a team building exercise in an escape room. Jules, Sylvie, Vincent and Sam are all ruthless and greedy, concerned only about the next big deal and the size of their annual bonus. When Sarah Hall is recruited into this toxic world with her brand new MBA she is quickly indoctrinated into the company and the excit ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four executives, (Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam) work for Wall Street in Finance. All they care about is money. They are told by human resources to go to a building for a mandatory, team building meeting. They all enter an elevator and are all on their phones when the door closes. The elevator named the "escape room" is an exercise to work together to get out. But this exercise is way beyond team building. Now they are fighting to just stay alive.

A fantastic book filled with suspense. Thank y
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I FINALLY finished! I can't even explain why it took me seemingly forever to get through this book. It wasn't boring, but the pace wasn't as fast, nor the story or characters as absorbing as I had hoped. There were also a number of plot holes, not to mention the implausibility of it, which I didn't mind so much if it had been gripping. I wanted to love this as much as other readers, who say they couldn't put it down. However, I could put it down, as it happens, and so I suspect it will be rather ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Escape Room is all about the careers of Wall Street financial wizards, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam, who are employees of a company that puts money above all else. Nothing is taboo in this world where clawing your way to the top, over anyone who gets in your way, is considered normal practice. Greed, the addition of more money and more power, drives these people to the exclusion of all else in their lives. Wives, family, and girlfriends are accessories and not allowed to interfere with th ...more
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4.5 stars
Last year I found myself quite taken with the new voice of Megan Goldin, a fresh talent in the crowded psychological thriller genre. In my review of Goldin’s debut novel The Girl in Kellers Way, I remarked on how I was keen to hear more from this exciting new voice. Goldin’s second novel, The Escape Room, is a novel I have been very keen to get my hands on and my enthusiasm going into this novel was definitely rewarded.

The Escape Room brings the rea
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

This captivating, engrossing book had me transfixed from page one. Waste not one minute wondering if this one is worth the read; jump in and do it. It SO is!

The book covers two storylines, the first is that of Sara Hall, a bright, MBA, up-and-comer, who is fortunate enough, as a result of a chance meeting in an elevator, to get a shot at the dazzling job of her dreams. Speaking of elevators, the second storyline involves four vile individuals who are forced to participate in an escap
Wow – every now and then a book comes along that totally blows you out of the water. Megan Goldin’s latest thriller, The Escape Room, was that book for me. It is easiest one of the best psychological thrillers I have read all year, which takes the term “locked room mystery” to a new level – featuring the claustrophobic confines of an elevator!

Goldin hooked me immediately with her opening chapter, foreshadowing the disaster to follow. She then takes us back to where it all began, as four corporat
4 Stars!!

Hold your breath...don't let it out. Turn up the heat-go in a small space, lock yourself in along with 4 people you tolerate but also cant stand...and stay there until I say so...doesn't that sound amazing?? Yeah... NO. Seriously, just typing that made me feel sweaty and claustrophobic....

Its a dog eat dog world in the Corporate Banking Industry. The story follows four top investment bankers who are sent an email to meet for a very important meeting. When they get there- they ente
Mandy White
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
Well...that was a great book! Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people!
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Imagine... Close your eyes and just imagine... 4 people called for a meeting in a partially constructed, isolated building, get into the elevator, and it stops. The notification screen blinks on and the first clue is revealed.... This is the escape room, solve the clues, and get out, else....

The entire situation of fear, hunger, thirst, anger, envy, lust in the tiny cramped elevator raised my interest and brought on a flurry of goosebumps that I knew I would be obsessed about this book. Megan Go
Nov 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
Big shout out of thanks to Jordan @ St. Martin's Press for the invite to read this one! <3
Megan Goldin's The Escape Room is definitely on my list for 2019 releases to look out for. I see amazing things in store with this title, and I think a lot of people will enjoy this story. Centered around hedge fund Stanhope and Sons, Sara Hall is offered the analyst position of her dreams. She's starting at a six figure salary, at a firm that is aligning her for greatness. Sara will be able to pivot her career in any fashion she would want after her experience at Stanhope. When Sara starts wo ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh yes, this was one of those books that I went into blind and so glad I did! One of my biggest (not very rational fears) is being stuck in an elevator, so when this happens to several members of a law firm, I was already tense and out of breath. Then when they discover it's actually an Escape Room and they'll have to solve a series of clues to get out, things get really dicey! Enter Sara, a new hire--"dead but not forgotten--and the novel becomes a puzzle the reader must also solve in order to ...more
The dog-eat-dog environment of up and coming investment banking executives takes a dark turn as their lust for power, wealth and privilege make an about face and put them squarely on the precipice of disaster. Under the guise of executive command, four greed-driven execs are about to become pawns to exact revenge and confessions for the mysterious death of a fellow employee, all in the name of greed and it all started with the closing of an elevator door. Four went in, but who will exit alive, t ...more
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through the First Reads giveaway program.

What a fun and exciting thriller! Many times when reading a book that alternates perspective, the reader never gets a full sense of the characters because narratives are always changing. Not so with this book. The stress and emotional toil being felt by those in the elevator was heightened as the chapters progressed.

Excellent book! I couldn't put it down! :)
Melissa In The City &#x1f942;
Super unique book for me. Adrenaline rush, paranoia, secrets, lies, back stabbing coworkers, murder, fast paced Wall Street lives with money, power and LIES! It’s all in the Escape Room!
Very cleverly written and yes I could feel the claustrophobia in that elevator!
I’m going with 5 stars!
Thank you NetGalley, the author and the publisher for my free ARC in exchange for my honest review! Posting to goodreads as well!
Nilufer Yenidogan Ozmekik
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-thriller
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Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having worked in the world of high Finance, I'm always incredibly intrigued by books set in that world. Throw in long hours, greed, tempers and jealousy and you have the stage set for drama. Now what happens when those personalities are trapped in an elevator together? Tensions rise, secrets are revealed and drama is flying - and that's all in the first minutes.

Goldin has written a really unique, suspenseful novel that had me hooked from the first page. I wanted to know what happened to Sara Ha
Amber Myott
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved this book ! Can’t wait to read the author’s first novel after this . This was a really different thriller and I loved the alternating chapter perspectives.
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Megan Goldin is the bestselling author of "The Escape Room", praised by Lee Child as "one of my favorite books of the year", as well as "The Girl In Kellers Way", a critically-acclaimed domestic noir thriller nominated for Australia's leading crime fiction awards.
Megan worked as a journalist for Reuters, the Australian ABC and Yahoo! News before writing her debut psychological thriller The Girl In