What the hell kind of awesomeness did I just read? The Escape Room by Megan Goldin is an epic psychological thriller that had me fearing for elevators more so than ever before! But above everything, that bloody ending was f***ing amazing!
What happens when you take four investment bankers and stick them in an elevator together for a team building exercise? I can see how one would think that’s a joke, but let’s just add that they’ve all been lured into the elevator and they have no idea why. This escape room is far more sinister than they thought it would be.
This book is told through two points of views. One is from Sarah Hall, an only child who chose a high paying job at a bank in order to help her parents. After one of her co-workers appears to have committed suicide, Sarah knows something isn’t right. She begins to investigate the dark and ominous secrets her co-workers and what her job holds. There begins Sarah’s mischievous plan of revenge.
The other points of views are told from the four co-workers in the elevator. Not only do we get the glimpses into what would appear as the escape room, but we also get to know the corrupt and evil perspectives of these individuals. Only adding to the suspense of how they got lured into the escape room and by whom.
This book was one hell of a thrilling ride! I honestly couldn’t put it down and finished it in one afternoon. That entire weekend I took the stairs and refused to get into my apartment’s elevator — thank you Goldin! Even though I thought I knew how this was all going to be pulled together, Goldin pulls a fast one with her twists. And don’t even get me on that bloody ending! I literally started applauding at the end it was that good!
I think what really made this book great for me were the characters. I truly thought I’d hate the four investment bankers, but as we got their perspectives and narration, I started to loathe them — it was awesome. Without giving it away, you have to love how everything turns out for everyone!
One aspect that I found negative was the plausibility. I mean, I definitely had nightmares after reading this and stayed clear of elevators for a while, but there is absolutely no way someone could pull off a stunt like this. BUT putting that aside, the validity of this book also makes it so enjoyable. Once I tabled the soundness of the plot, this book turned into one hell of a crazy ride I couldn’t stop reading!
If you’re looking for a claustrophobic, gripping and unforgettable psychological thriller you can’t go wrong with The Escape Room by Megan Goldin. I honestly couldn’t believe this was Goldin’s debut novel either! What seemed to be harmless team building exercise became much darker as the participants struggle to make it out alive! I highly recommend this darkly satisfying thriller, you’ll certainly think twice about stepping into an elevator after!
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Megan Goldin for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.