KINDLE ✾ The Escape Room Author Megan Goldin – Stevemiddleton.info
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 this is the book for you Thank you Jordan with St Martin s Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.25 If you ve ever been in a corporate setting, you may be familiar with this The dreaded yet mandatory work event You know one of those sleeper, team building exercises guaranteed to leave you rolling your eyes Okay, so what if it involves an escape room Sounds like fun right You bet Right up to the exact moment you realize this may no longer be a game Sara Hall finally landed her dream job on Wall Street After struggling to pay rent and put food on the table she s finally managed to make it big Among the perks, a six figure income as her starting salary Little did she realize her job would soon become her lifemaybe even destroying her in the process This book has it all A gripping and suspenseful thriller that will keep you flipping furiously through the pages I was completely caught up in Sarah s life and that of her highly successful but ruthless workmates It s clever, it s ingenious and oh so addictive If you re on the look out for a great summer thriller look no further This is the book for you A buddy read with Susanne Thank you to Jordan Hanley at St Martin s Press for an ARC to read and review 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 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 Hello friends, let me introduce you to my latest compulsive read It was utter bananas, and for those who need a grounded, realistic thriller, this is not for you However, if you fall into the category of I need a fast paced, balls to the wall, compulsive page turner , do yourself a favor and move The Escape Room to the top of your summer TBR list I was perusing my shelves this weekend and realized I had a craving to be entertained I didn t need anything complicated nor grounded I simply wanted a thrilling read that would keep me turning the pages all night long The plot is simple, mostly predictable, and pretty straight forward I almost hate to call it a mystery, because the point of this one isn t really some big twist that the publisher promises you won t see coming Thank you St Martin s Press for not printing that sentence on the front cover. I think the truly gratifying aspect of this story is watching the revenge fantasy play out The story is told while alternating between the current day chapters taking place in the elevator escape room between four wall street finance colleagues, and the portions from the past filled in from a former employee of this same financial organization Again, you pretty much know who is doing what from the prologue, as we are shown the final elevator scene at the very beginning and come back around to how we got there I know that sounds like a bummer, but it worked really well for me and shows that the author can carry a breathtaking novel in a satisfying manner well beyond a few mind blowing plot twists.I think the best part of the story is how we slowly are privy to why each person was chosen to be in the escape room and how everything from both timelines ties together While, again, not realistic, it makes for a highly entertaining read, one that I managed to pull off in a single sitting and gasped when I realized it was almost midnight when I finally finished If you enjoy authors like Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks, and Wendy Walker, you ll want to add Megan Goldin to your list of go to authorsMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. OMG..YES 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 escape room type game, in an elevator, for reasons initially unclear to them and us.As the tension amped up, I could not wait to find out what was going on, how the stories intersected and how it would ultimately be resolved It didn t disappoint Whoooo..what a ride.Thank you so much to Megan Goldin, St Martin s Press, and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. Team building at its best or worst..Ruthless, ambitious, selfish, greedy, jealous, intelligent, hardworking, devious and trapped are words that can easily describe Vincent, Sam, Jules, and Sylvie They live a life of luxury fueled by the adrenaline that comes from making billion dollar deals No one looks better, works harder or lives faster than these four It s a dog eat dog world they work in on wall street They put work first ALWAYS So, when a text is received announcing a compulsory team building exercise an escape room if you will, they all show up They get trapped in an elevator and must figure out how to escape What could go wrong Now, this was a fun book to read on a rainy day I must give it points for originality and execution Goldin pulled off this clever tale of involving high finance, back stabbing, revenge, and ingenuity with finesse which left me not only impressed but entertained My advice is to suspend some disbelief and curl up with this book Wowza, this book was good I love reading all kinds of books and this book was a fun one which did not require much thought but had a huge pay off in terms of enjoy ability It sucked me and I was drawn to the fast paced life the characters lived The story flips back and forth between them being trapped in the elevator and events leading up to this team building exercise This made for a fast read which had me captivated and turning the pages with a devilish grin on my face.Highly recommend.Thank you to St Martin s Press and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own. 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 balance, distracting you with new information so you don t squint too closely or follow one lead too far along the path to discovery, muddying the waters beat after beat until ta DAAAA all is revealed and even though you ve figured out some bits along the way, the final scene ll surprise everyone, including those orchestrating this overly elaborate revenge scheme.will this book win all the literary awards and go down in history for being the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book anyone has ever written dude, no but if you ve been watching the news, getting sick of seeing shitty people get away with shitty things, do you want challenging and upsetting or do you want to see some smug, entitled monsters get their comeuppance for once it s four competitive people with big ambitions, shaky moral compasses, career ending secrets and a lot to lose, trapped in an elevator, with a gun popcorn me come to my blog 4 Stars.At Stanhope, it s a Dog Eat Dog World Here s hoping you come out of it alive Being trapped on an elevator sounds bad on any given day, am I right Imagine however being trapped in an elevator with three colleagues in what your boss calls a team building exercise known as The Escape Room The elevator is pitch black and the temperature is boiling hot to start Think Bikram Yoga my favorite Then it s like you are in the Arctic circle Unfortunately, you don t like your colleagues enough to snuggle As questions and riddles are posed, you realize, this is no ordinary escape room All of you work at Stanhope, where the starting salary for an Analyst is 130,000 and the hours top than 90 a week Bonuses are in the thousands It s a dream job Really It s also cut throat And I mean, exactly that The characters in The Escape Room are dark and vicious and have absolutely no redeeming qualities and yet I was glued to the book like nothing else existed The writing is smooth, simple and it reeled me in like a fish on a hook This novel is exactly what you want in a thriller fantastic characters, intertwining storylines that tie together nicely and crazy suspense If you are looking for your next read, look no further, The Escape Room is IT.This was a fabulous buddy read with Kaceey It kept us entertained throughout and was just what we needed Thank you to Jordan Hanley at St Martin s Press and to Megan Goldin for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on Goodreads on 6.2.19.Will be published on Twitter and on 7.30.19. 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 mini war zone Why are they here in the first place Who is really behind it and what do they know The Escape Room is a cracking thriller Megan Goldin has spun a novel that brings to light the dog eat dog world of corporate finance, where greed and corruption is rife, where if you don t have the necessary killer instinct you will be chewed up and spat out I raced through this book in a day, ignoring everything I was supposed to be doing An absolute first rate read. Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, And Sam Are Ruthlessly Ambitious High Flyers Working In The Lucrative World Of Wall Street Finance Where Deception And Intimidation Thrive Getting Rich Is All That Matters, And They Ll Do Anything To Reach The Top.When They Are Ordered To Participate In A Corporate Team Building Exercise That Requires Them To Escape From A Locked Elevator, Dark Secrets Of Their Team Begin To Be Laid Bare.The Biggest Mystery To Solve In This Lethal Game What Happened To Sara Hall Once A Young Shining Star Now Gone But Not Forgotten.This Is No Longer A Game They Re Fighting For Their Lives.