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.
Hi and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Escape Room! Massive thanks to Tracy Fenton for the invitation and to the publisher for the eARC!
I don’t know about you but the first thing I do when I finish a book is go to Goodreads, mark it as read, click the appropriate number of stars and add something like “review to follow”. When I marked The Escape Room as “read” though, I added one word: sublime! Because it was, in fact, sublime! This is the perfect summer thriller, it is crazy, it is over the top, it is one hell of a rollercoaster ride and I loved every second!
There are two storylines: Sara Hall’s POV in the past on the one hand and four people in an elevator on the other hand. These alternate in rather short, cliffhangery chapters, which made me fly through them because I was desperate to know what would happen in the other storyline and to find out how they were connected. In a way, the connection was obvious: Sara used to be an investment banker at Stanhope and the people in the elevator are her ex-colleagues Jules, Sam, Sylvie and her former boss Vincent. These four have been lured to an empty warehouse to play an escape room game as a teambuilding exercise. When they get in the elevator however, it soon dawns on them that things are not quite right. The clues don’t make any sense and they don’t seem to be making any progress. Four people in one small elevator, with little to no food or drink, and the heating on full blast does not a relaxing experience make! Needless to say, this storyline was both very intriguing and very exciting. I knew the who and the where, but the why, the how and even the what eluded me for the longest time and I devoured this storyline, wanting to find out more. The other storyline however was equally riveting! In novels with alternating storylines or POVs I tend to prefer one over the other, but not here. Sara is a fantastic character, I fully empathised with her and it was very interesting to read about investment banking and Wall Street dealings and the whole corporate war everyone seemed to be waging in secret. Don’t worry, it never gets technical or explanatory, the reader is told very little and shown a lot between the lines of a highly entertaining POV. There’s a lot of mystery in this storyline as well. Very early on, the elevator people comment on the fact that Sara’s dead, but what happened to the Sara who started out at Stanhope fresh-faced and brightly enthusiastic? The big reveal was one I did not see coming. Admittedly, I had wondered and briefly considered the theory that turned out to be true, but I’d just as quickly discarded it. And even if I had stuck to that theory about the culprit, I had no clue about their motives. In the final chapters though, the whole story comes together and is neatly wrapped up, with a deliciously evil little finale.
I’m not even exaggerating when I tell you that novels like The Escape Room are the very reason why I love thrillers. Addictive from the first page, it takes you for one wild ride, making you curse any and all obligations you might have and glare at any and all pesky people who demand your attention. When you can’t put a book down and when you can’t wait to pick it up again if you did have to put it down, you know you have a winner on your hands! Highly recommended but beware: The Escape Room is likely to elicit some very asocial behaviour!
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