The Escape Room

The Escape Room

Book - 2019
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"In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they'll do anything to get ahead. When the four of them are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator, the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception and intimidation thrive. Tempers fray and the escape room's clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they'll have to solve one final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?"--
Publisher: New York, New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9781250219657
Characteristics: 356 pages ;,25 cm.


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Dec 04, 2019

The worst book I read this year. I hate-finished it. Boring. Cheesy. Terrible finish. Every character - except Lucy - was unlikable. Lots of time spent on describing. clothes and hair. Story was worth perhaps 100 pages. If people like this - the 4 people in the elevator and Sara - exist in this world, then let's read real stories about them and not awful fiction.

Nov 16, 2019

If you liked The Firm, John Grisham’s first (and worst) novel, you’ll like this one, and vice versa. Grisham could probably win a copyright violation case, the plots are so similar. The story is told from two perspectives, alternating every other chapter. One set is told by Sara Hall, a brilliant, virtuous, and beautiful young woman who just obtained her MBA from a good business school, but for some reason we are told is virtually unemployable except as a waitress or bartender. Even so, she lands a job at prestigious investment banking firm, Stanhope, in New York, where she is treated well at first and is making good money. It looks like a dream job which she believes she absolutely cannot leave no matter what. (shades of The Firm). The only difference so far from The Firm is Mitch was a lawyer and Sara an investment banker.

Sara’s thread takes place in the past. The current day thread takes place in an elevator. Four members of the Stanhope team where Sara, now dead, worked, have been summoned there by Human Resources for a compulsory team building exercise. They enter the out-of-the-way building late on Friday night and are directed to take the elevator up to the 70th floor. When they do so, the elevator comes to a grinding stop and the monitor over the door welcomes them to The Escape Room. Their job is to get out alive.

As we soon find out, Stanhope is rotten to the core. Things soon go badly for Sara in her thread and things go even worse in the elevator for her former coworkers. Plot-wise I’ll leave the rest to your imagination, but it isn’t hard to figure out where this one is going right from Chapter 1. It’s pure preposterous schlock, but a quick read and entertaining enough in its way.

I could find some major criticisms, but I’ll just pick a couple of nits that struck me. First, like Grisham in The Firm the author has done a shoddy job of research in many simple easy-to-check matters. For example, there is no building anywhere in the Bronx with 70+ floors or even close, and if one were to be built in the Bronx, it wouldn’t be in the South Bronx. Another example is one puzzle, a [spoiler alert] Caesar cipher almost anyone could figure out instantly, yet these supposedly brilliant Ivy League MBAs and lawyers took hours to solve and then called it a simple transposition cipher. It’s not; it’s a substitution cipher. Transposition ciphers are anagrams. Secondly, all the characters are totally over the top to the extent of becoming caricatures. Sara is a complete milquetoast, her teammates arrogant, venal, condescending jerks (in the absence of more appropriate R-rated words). Still, it’s an acceptable beach read if you can find a beach above 40 degrees. Take this one with you to Hawaii.

Oct 25, 2019

I agree wholeheartedly with the Publishers Weekly review above about this suspenseful, "if flawed," book. The hook is supposedly 4 Wall St. trapped in an elevator under the guise of an escape room team-building exercise, but the book focuses on new hire Sara Hall and the soul-draining life of 100-hour work weeks devoted solely to making money.

The book was suspenseful enough to keep me reading, but the characters are shallow, the writing's only so-so, and it's filled with unexplained plot holes, twists that aren't remotely believable, and tons of out-of-nowhere action compressed into the last 50 pages ("Quick - wrap it up! We don't want it longer than 350 pages!").

All in all, a disappointment. There are lots of better thrillers out there, like Thirteen and The Chain.

Oct 16, 2019

Holy Moley what a ride-of-a-book. Really intense book with fluid, smart writing. An intricate plot about the on-goings and intricacies of Corporate America and how greed fuels the lives and decisions of the people involved. Excellent thriller, topped off with a fabulous ending.

Oct 15, 2019

I dont usually write reviews but this book was really good! I read alot and it is hard to find a book that really captivates me but this one kept me reading until i couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. I just hope she keeps writing because I am anxiously awaiting her next book!

Sep 27, 2019

Goldin wastes no time in getting the reader hooked on the suspense. Paralleling the story of the need for four investment execs to escape an elevator is the hiring and insight of Sara the new recruit. Questioning one's moral compass, inequality in the workplace and the question of "Is this the life you wanted?" all play a part in this drama. Big theme of exposure and revenge.

Aug 27, 2019

A fast, compelling read but a lot of technical errors make it annoying.

DCLadults Aug 14, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. A team-building exercise goes awry. Locked in an elevator a team works together to escape. But one of them is a killer and they are fighting for their lives.

Aug 11, 2019

Been along time since I’ve read a book where revenge plotted by a victim ends as it should! This story was very entertaining, a page turner with, for me, a satisfying end! Well done!

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