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The Escape Room

Updated: Aug 5, 2019

An entertaining read that will have you on the edge of your seat until that elevator door opens again.



Working at the Wall Street firm of Stanhope and Sons is like winning the lottery. Stanhope handles the biggest deals in the world and has the most prestigious clients. The pay is fabulous but along with it comes expectations: you have to be attractive, dress a certain way and you must bring value to the firm by closing lucrative deals. Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are a ruthless ambitious team of high flyers at Stanhope who fit the mold. To them, getting rich is all that matters, and they will do anything to reach the top. Other teammates, like Sarah and Lucy have come and gone, not quite fitting in at Stanhope. But what is the real story behind their departures?

Lately, the team’s deals have fallen short and their jobs may be at risk. When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets begin to be revealed. When it becomes apparent they cannot solve all the clues to escape the elevator, it is no longer a game. But it was never really a game to begin with. Temperatures are soaring and Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are fighting for their lives. Who will make it out alive?


THE ESCAPE ROOM is simply great entertainment that you will want to read. I couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages. Stanhope is a heady cocktail of money, gifts, and prestige. Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam have been there long enough to drink the money kool-aid, and will do whatever it takes to get more, more, more. They are the epitome of greedy and selfish characters you’ll love to hate. They don’t care who they step on to get what they want.

The atmosphere of the formidable and overdemanding Stanhope firm and the claustrophobic escape room elevator were both deliciously documented and described. I could not help but feel the heat, anger and hopelessness from being in that elevator with Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam.

Megan Goldin weaves a wonderfully descriptive and skillfully crafted tale alternating between the present and the past. The story is riveting and her writing is smart. I absolutely loved the epigraph in this book. It says it all...”For everyone who has ever been made to feel powerless, trampled upon, or scorned, this book is for you.”

Author Megan Goldin worked as a journalist for Reuters, the Australian ABC and Yahoo! News before writing her debut psychological thriller The Girls in Kellers Way. The Escape Room is her second novel. Thanks to Netgalley, Megan Goldin and St. Martin’s Press for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher St. Martin’s Press

Published July 30, 2019

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