The Escape Room

The Escape Room

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'Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.' In the lucrative, high-pressure world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the best of the best. Their team makes billion-dollar deals. They live lives of vanity and luxury. Making money is the only thing that matters and they'll do whatever it takes to get ahead - and to get what they're owed. But when the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go terrifyingly wrong. In the pursuit of wealth they've learned to live with each other's secrets and flaws, but in the confines of the elevator their rivalries and jealousies are laid bare, leaving them dangling on the precipice of disaster. They'll have to work together to solve the puzzles that will release them from the elevator, but the clues they're given force them to reckon with their past - and long-departed colleagues. And as their escape grows more and more improbable, one secret is revealed that they can't ignore: one of them is a killer.
Publisher: [Docklands, Victoria] : 2018. Penguin Random House,
ISBN: 9780143785477
Branch Call Number: AF GOLD

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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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reader10000
Dec 04, 2019

The worst book I read this year. I hate-finished it. Boring. Cheesy. Terrible finish. Every character - except Lucy - was unlikable. Lots of time spent on describing. clothes and hair. Story was worth perhaps 100 pages. If people like this - the 4 people in the elevator and Sara - exist in this world, then let's read real stories about them and not awful fiction.

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Russ_A
Nov 16, 2019

If you liked The Firm, John Grisham’s first (and worst) novel, you’ll like this one, and vice versa. Grisham could probably win a copyright violation case, the plots are so similar. The story is told from two perspectives, alternating every other chapter. One set is told by Sara Hall, a brilliant, virtuous, and beautiful young woman who just obtained her MBA from a good business school, but for some reason we are told is virtually unemployable except as a waitress or bartender. Even so, she lands a job at prestigious investment banking firm, Stanhope, in New York, where she is treated well at first and is making good money. It looks like a dream job which she believes she absolutely cannot leave no matter what. (shades of The Firm). The only difference so far from The Firm is Mitch was a lawyer and Sara an investment banker.

Sara’s thread takes place in the past. The current day thread takes place in an elevator. Four members of the Stanhope team where Sara, now dead, worked, have been summoned there by Human Resources for a compulsory team building exercise. They enter the out-of-the-way building late on Friday night and are directed to take the elevator up to the 70th floor. When they do so, the elevator comes to a grinding stop and the monitor over the door welcomes them to The Escape Room. Their job is to get out alive.

As we soon find out, Stanhope is rotten to the core. Things soon go badly for Sara in her thread and things go even worse in the elevator for her former coworkers. Plot-wise I’ll leave the rest to your imagination, but it isn’t hard to figure out where this one is going right from Chapter 1. It’s pure preposterous schlock, but a quick read and entertaining enough in its way.

I could find some major criticisms, but I’ll just pick a couple of nits that struck me. First, like Grisham in The Firm the author has done a shoddy job of research in many simple easy-to-check matters. For example, there is no building anywhere in the Bronx with 70+ floors or even close, and if one were to be built in the Bronx, it wouldn’t be in the South Bronx. Another example is one puzzle, a [spoiler alert] Caesar cipher almost anyone could figure out instantly, yet these supposedly brilliant Ivy League MBAs and lawyers took hours to solve and then called it a simple transposition cipher. It’s not; it’s a substitution cipher. Transposition ciphers are anagrams. Secondly, all the characters are totally over the top to the extent of becoming caricatures. Sara is a complete milquetoast, her teammates arrogant, venal, condescending jerks (in the absence of more appropriate R-rated words). Still, it’s an acceptable beach read if you can find a beach above 40 degrees. Take this one with you to Hawaii.

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GreenDog2006
Oct 25, 2019

I agree wholeheartedly with the Publishers Weekly review above about this suspenseful, "if flawed," book. The hook is supposedly 4 Wall St. trapped in an elevator under the guise of an escape room team-building exercise, but the book focuses on new hire Sara Hall and the soul-draining life of 100-hour work weeks devoted solely to making money.

The book was suspenseful enough to keep me reading, but the characters are shallow, the writing's only so-so, and it's filled with unexplained plot holes, twists that aren't remotely believable, and tons of out-of-nowhere action compressed into the last 50 pages ("Quick - wrap it up! We don't want it longer than 350 pages!").

All in all, a disappointment. There are lots of better thrillers out there, like Thirteen and The Chain.

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Newmommy09
Oct 16, 2019

Holy Moley what a ride-of-a-book. Really intense book with fluid, smart writing. An intricate plot about the on-goings and intricacies of Corporate America and how greed fuels the lives and decisions of the people involved. Excellent thriller, topped off with a fabulous ending.

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Phillyladyinmn
Oct 15, 2019

I dont usually write reviews but this book was really good! I read alot and it is hard to find a book that really captivates me but this one kept me reading until i couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. I just hope she keeps writing because I am anxiously awaiting her next book!

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laphampeak
Sep 27, 2019

Goldin wastes no time in getting the reader hooked on the suspense. Paralleling the story of the need for four investment execs to escape an elevator is the hiring and insight of Sara the new recruit. Questioning one's moral compass, inequality in the workplace and the question of "Is this the life you wanted?" all play a part in this drama. Big theme of exposure and revenge.

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trafl0
Aug 27, 2019

A fast, compelling read but a lot of technical errors make it annoying.

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.

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cnsreader
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!

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darladoodles
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.

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