Review of The Escape Room
Publication Date: July 30th, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press #partner
Page Count: 368
Why I Picked It Up: I love a good thriller and this one was getting a lot of buzz!
Synopsis: 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.
Opening Sentence: “It was Miguel who called 911 at 4:07 a.m. on an icy Sunday morning.”
My Thoughts: This fell into my "caper" thriller category. As in- the plot is far fetched and you have to suspend your disbelief to really get in to the story, but if you can do that it ends up being entertaining as hell.
Four lawyers work in the lucrative world of Wall Street Finance and do anything they can to make more money. They eat, sleep, and breathe their jobs and don't take kindly to new people. Sarah Hall is a recent grad and smart as hell, and when she lands a job at Stanhope and Sons her student loan and family medical bills means she'll put up with anything to make it, including abuse from her co-workers. The story alternates between Sara navigating the job and her 4 co-workers being stuck on an elevator in an Escape Room situation, where it's becoming more and more clear that what they thought was a team building exercise is going very, very wrong.
“‘There are winners and losers in this world,” Sam told me as he wolfed down his steak that day over lunch at Delmonico’s. ‘So pick a side, Sara, and don’t ever look back at the trail of people you’ve trampled into the ground. You don’t owe them a thing. Success is not for the squeamish.’”
This wasn't the most well written (the dialogue for some of the characters was... Not great)- but I couldn't put it down. The characters were downright nasty, but they were the kind I loved to hate. If you liked SOMETHING IN THE WATER or THE CHAIN, I think you'd be fine with this.
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