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The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
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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 some mindless fun. Keep in mind that the characters are awful and have no redeeming qualities. This book also could have benefited from some editing--it is extremely redundant and the narrative structure is a little odd. While this would normally be a turn off for me, the plot and the potential outcome kept me motivated to keep on reading.

On the other hand, in spite of these issues, The Escape Room is compulsively readable! Once I figured out the who and the what behind the escape room, I turned off the critical side of my brain, suspended my disbelief, and enjoyed the crazy ride!

I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway!
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Reading Progress

November 8, 2018 – Shelved (Hardcover Edition)
November 8, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read (Hardcover Edition)
January 13, 2019 – Started Reading
January 13, 2019 – Shelved
January 14, 2019 – Shelved as: first-reads
January 14, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by JanB (new)

JanB haha...that's all you need to say. The fun factor sometimes outweighs believability and that's ok :) Looking forward to your full review!


Lindsay - Traveling Sister Your zero believability stars made me laugh! 😆Also made me decide to never read this because I have an issue with believability in my books. So glad you enjoyed despite that. Looking forward to your full review! 💜


Marialyce We need more of that fun factor for sure!


Holly  B I don't mind if it entertains me. So Excited for your review now!


Babydimps (Suzy) I am good with suspending belief! I just want to read a good book! Looking forward to your review 😊


RedemptionDenied Excellent review, Meredith!


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Meredith JanB wrote: "haha...that's all you need to say. The fun factor sometimes outweighs believability and that's ok :) Looking forward to your full review!"

SO true, Jan!


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Meredith Lindsay - Traveling Sister wrote: "Your zero believability stars made me laugh! 😆Also made me decide to never read this because I have an issue with believability in my books. So glad you enjoyed despite that. Looking forward to you..."

Lol, Lindsay! So glad I could help!


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Meredith Marialyce wrote: "We need more of that fun factor for sure!"

Yes we do, Marialyce!


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Meredith Holly wrote: "I don't mind if it entertains me. So Excited for your review now!"

Thank you, Holly! It definitely kept my attention!


message 11: by Erin (new)

Erin Clemence lol great review, Meredith! I really love the escape room concept but I don't know if I could get past a novel with awful characters....I'm still on the fence. :)


Selena Great review Meredith, glad you enjoyed this as well.


JV (semi-hiatus) Haha! The zero stars for believability was so precious! lol! Loved your entertaining review, Meredith! Wonderful critique as well. 😊


Holly  B I want to read this soon. I love an entertaining novel, regardless of its believability!


message 15: by Michelle (new) - added it

Michelle Haha! Awesome review, Meredith! :)


Melissa Yay--I cannot wait! So happy to hear this is compulsively readable. Great review, Meredith!


message 17: by Paula (new)

Paula Kalin Superb review, Meredith!


message 18: by KAS (new)

KAS Glad you were able to separate the believability factor and have great fun reading this one, Meredith ;) Fantastic review!! 😀💜


message 19: by Amber (new)

Amber this is going to be a movie too. Awesome review!


Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* Awesome review, Meredith! So glad you enjoyed it. This one is on my list.


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Meredith Babydimps (Suzy) wrote: "I am good with suspending belief! I just want to read a good book! Looking forward to your review 😊"

It's fun, but it could have gone the other way--I think I just read this at the right time!


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Meredith RedemptionDenied wrote: "Excellent review, Meredith!"

Thank you so much, RedemptionDenied!


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Meredith Erin wrote: "lol great review, Meredith! I really love the escape room concept but I don't know if I could get past a novel with awful characters....I'm still on the fence. :)"

I completely understand, Erin. I think I read this at the right time, it could have very well gone the other way had I read it at another time. There are a lot of flaws, but I decided to block them out and have fun!


message 24: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Super review Meredith 🥰


message 25: by PorshaJo (new)

PorshaJo Nice review Meredith!


Kendall Hahaha great review Meredith! Yup it was pure fun with this one!!


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Meredith Selena wrote: "Great review Meredith, glad you enjoyed this as well."

Thank you so much, Selena!


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Meredith JV wrote: "Haha! The zero stars for believability was so precious! lol! Loved your entertaining review, Meredith! Wonderful critique as well. 😊"

Awww, thank you JV!


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Meredith Holly wrote: "I want to read this soon. I love an entertaining novel, regardless of its believability!"

Can't wait to see what you think, Holly!


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Meredith Michelle wrote: "Haha! Awesome review, Meredith! :)"

Thank you so much, Michelle!


Susanne  Strong Fantastic review Mer! Zero for believability? I am SO in trouble! I have it to read and I don’t do well with far-fetched plots, lol! I am so glad you ended up giving it high ratings though.. fingers crossed!


message 32: by Lisa (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lisa Great honest review Meredith it was unbelievable for me at times but it was fiction ha ha kept me reading that's for sure. XO <3 :)


RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess) Kudos winning the book! I as well like your honest review. It was delightful. Hope all is well. Be well.💐🇺🇸


message 34: by Julie (new)

Julie Another terrific review, Meredith! Congrats on the win! 😊


Felicia This is definitely a book to read just for fun. Great review, Meredith 💖


marilyn I agree about the 0 stars for believability. :-) Still enjoyable.


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Meredith Melissa wrote: "Yay--I cannot wait! So happy to hear this is compulsively readable. Great review, Meredith!"

Thank you, Melissa! Looking forward to your thoughts!


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Meredith Paula wrote: "Superb review, Meredith!"

Thank you so much, Paula!


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Meredith KAS wrote: "Glad you were able to separate the believability factor and have great fun reading this one, Meredith ;) Fantastic review!! 😀💜"

Thank you, KAS!


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Meredith Amber wrote: "this is going to be a movie too. Awesome review!"

Thank you, Amber! It has the makings for a great movie!


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Meredith Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* wrote: "Awesome review, Meredith! So glad you enjoyed it. This one is on my list."

Thank you, Mary Beth! I hope you enjoy!


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Meredith Maureen wrote: "Super review Meredith 🥰"

Thank you so much, Maureen!


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Meredith PorshaJo wrote: "Nice review Meredith!"

Thank you, PorsahJo!


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Meredith Kendall wrote: "Hahaha great review Meredith! Yup it was pure fun with this one!!"

Thank you, Kendall! Glad you had fun with it too!


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Meredith Susanne wrote: "Fantastic review Mer! Zero for believability? I am SO in trouble! I have it to read and I don’t do well with far-fetched plots, lol! I am so glad you ended up giving it high ratings though.. finger..."

Thank you, Susanne! I hope you can make it through and suspend your disbelief for a bit!


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Meredith Lisa wrote: "Great honest review Meredith it was unbelievable for me at times but it was fiction ha ha kept me reading that's for sure. XO <3 :)"

Lol, so true Lisa! Glad you enjoyed this too!


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Meredith RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) wrote: "Kudos winning the book! I as well like your honest review. It was delightful. Hope all is well. Be well.💐🇺🇸"

Awww, thank you so much!


message 48: by sue (new)

sue Loved, loved LOVED your review


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Meredith Julie wrote: "Another terrific review, Meredith! Congrats on the win! 😊"

Thank you so much, Julie!


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Meredith Felicia wrote: "This is definitely a book to read just for fun. Great review, Meredith 💖"

Thank you, Felicia! Glad you had fun with this too!


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