The Escape Room - Megan Goldin

The Escape Room

By Megan Goldin

  • Release Date: 2019-07-30
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 293 Ratings


"One of my favorite books of the year." —Lee Child

“Cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you'll be caught in your own escape room—the only key to freedom is turning the last page!” Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"A sleek, well-crafted ride." —The New York Times

In Megan Goldin's unforgettable debut, The Escape Room, four young Wall Street rising stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal game of revenge.

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style—but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.

Invited to participate in an escape room challenge as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high-rise building, eager to prove themselves. But when the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.

Trapped in the dark, the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. But as the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle: which one of them will kill in order to survive?


  • Excellent

    By TNWhiskey
    Couldn’t quit reading
  • Good book

    By PRT67
    Good book. Interesting characters.
  • Great book!

    By hoggiepoo 28
    Read this in two days! Couldn’t wait to get to the end!
  • The Escape Room

    By Halsterx
    3/5 stars. Clever at times and lame at other times. Not destined for the best sellers list.
  • It was great, but boring ending

    By AlyssaMarie15
    Overall great book, I don’t want to spoil anything so the whole beginning and middle was captivating and entertaining to read. Lots of details and keeps you turning the page. However, it feels like once you get towards the closing it just stops. Leaves you with questions, felt rushed. The ending didn’t explain what happened next and didn’t wrap anything up.
  • The Escape Room

    By Ines66tet
    What a great idea for a novel. The author draws you in chapter by chapter. The momentum of her writing is enough to carry the reader through the somewhat implausible ending. Weak at the end but I enjoyed it anyway.
  • Predictable

    By Justchoice
    The premise of the book is intriguing but the execution was sub par. The way in which the main protagonists end up in the escape room is preposterous and would never happen in real life.
  • Suspenseful

    By Brandyn Ariel
    The book was a real page turner, however the ending fell a bit flat.
  • Escape? I wish!

    By TKloop
    Can I get my $13.99 back, please? I’m sorry, but this might be the most contrived, unsatisfying story I’ve ever read.
  • What a plot!

    By SudukuSue
    What a plot! A young woman finishes school and is rejected for a job with a prominent investment bank in NY. While she is leaving the interview, another executive with the same firm speaks to her in the elevator, asks to see her resume and then tells her she will be hearing from them within the next couple of weeks for an interview. She gets this job as an Investment Banker and puts in the many hours of non-stop work they require for some amount of years. Every other chapter of the novel deals with Sara Hill and her story. The other chapters deal with four members of the team she worked with who were trapped in an elevator at a building where construction is being completed. They are there purportedly en-route to an escape room exercise. It turns out the elevator is the escape room. They are trapped in there and unable to get out. These are all strong Type A personalities, driven to succeed at whatever cost, have no trust whatever in each other and that is the positive side of their behavior. It is intense reading and the reader comes out of it with the old phrase “what goes around, comes around” in mind. Thanks to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC for an honest review.