So, I had a day off last Friday, all to myself.  Well, sort of.  Except for the errands I had to run, and an appointment in the afternoon, and taking care of Henry, who decided to projectile vomit all over the rug. He’s okay, BTW.  Our neighbor’s springer spaniel, Bella, came to visit and Henry barked at her relentlessly.  He got himself so upset that he horked all over the carpet and Bella proceeded to pee on the rug.  

But still, a day off is a day off.  I picked up The Escape Room because I wanted to read it since this past winter and @stmartinspress #partner was kind enough to send me a copy.

I couldn’t stop reading this book.  I just had to know what happened to this terrible crowd of awful human beings!  Vincent, Sylvie, Sam, and Jules are all top-tier execs at Stanhope & Sons, a prestigious banking/high finance/hedge fund company in NYC.  It’s like Wall Street on steroids.  These four execs get summoned to what they think is a mandatory meeting for some team bonding.  Vincent, the head of the team tells the rest of them that it won’t take more than an hour.

Turns out, their team building exercise consists of being locked into an elevator in a half-built building.  It’s an escape room.  They need to figure out the clues to get out in time or risk losing their team, their bonuses, maybe even their jobs.

Or maybe their lives.

Reading this book was like being locked inside my favorite candy store with a Visa rewards card.  I couldn’t get enough of it and every time I wanted to stop reading it, I kept wanting more.  It’s just pure fun.  You have to suspend disbelief to read this, and that’s an okay thing for me.    As long as I didn’t think about the horror of being locked in an elevator with a bunch of people with no ethics or morals whose only apparent goal in life is to make millions of dollars.

Go into it for the fun.  Outrageous fun at that. The story alternated between the Elevator and a woman named Sara Hall, who tells of her experiences working at Stanhope.  Thankfully, Sara Hall saved this book.  Without her insight, I don’t think I would have been able to stomach the other four main characters. Also, her chapters were much more relatable.  The writing in the Elevator chapters was a bit more stilted as it alternated between the POVs of this Fearsome Foursome.

I think this book makes a great beach read or vacation read, or if you’re like me, a day-off-from-work read.  You can enter The Escape Room today! Happy Pub Day! Thank you so much again to #Partner for my complimentary copy.

About the author: Megan Goldin is a best-selling Australian author whose novel The Escape Room will be published in the U.S. and UK in 2019. Megan’s domestic noir thriller The Girl in Kellers Way was published in Australia in 2017. Megan was a reporter based in the Middle East for the Reuters news agency, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The Associated Press.


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