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A gripping, clever mystery novel! It made me not want to go into any escape room... 

THE ESCAPE ROOM
by Megan Goldin
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: July 3
0th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Rating: ★★★½
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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.
"Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive."

The Escape Room deals with taking a few co-workers and sticking them together in an elevator for a "game". They think it's a team building exercise. What they don't know is that this game will bring out dark secrets from each one, dark enough to want to kill them. And the biggest secret/question of them all, "What happened to Sara Hall?"

How much trouble could four investment bankers get into in a locked elevator?

This book is told in two points of views. We have a third POV for the elevator scenes and then we have Sara's POV. Sara is a woman who knows she wants to work somewhere where she can get lots of money and be set for life. Her opportunity comes to work at Stanhope. What she doesn't know is that this place consumes you. It won't leave you any time for yourself. You're expected to work 365 days a year, to miss birthdays, miss a birth, anything.

Each and every one of us would have taken a bullet for the firm. If truth be told, I think that most of us would have killed for Stanhope.

Sara was so different from her colleagues. She didn't view Stanhope as the all and all. I loved being inside her head and seeing things from her perspective, which was so different than everyone else's. She was friendly, she cared. Stanhope hadn't completely taken a hold of her life... Yet.

If I keep talking, I'll spoil everything. This is one of those novels you have to go in blank. I will say that I loved reading about each character and why those specific characters ended in the elevator. I also loved that the author talked about discrimination in the work place towards women, as well as being unfair with the wages that each worker gets.

The Escape Room is an ingenious, sharp and clever mystery. I do wish the ending had been more... Complete? I can't say much or again, I will spoil everything. Despite the ending, I recommend this unrealistic, yet highly entertaining novel.

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