Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Escape Room

Elevators have never been a favorite of mine, but after reading The Escape Room by Megan Goldin  I may never get in one again. Four high roller Wall St. financiers are sent to participate in an escape room exercise in an elevator on a Saturday night. They begin complaining as soon as they enter the elevator, but the worst is yet to come.

Sylvie, Sam and Jules are part of Vincent's team at the prestigious and soul-crushing company Stanhope and Sons. They have worked as a team for four years and Vincent wonders if he has every liked any of them in that span of time. He's hoping the escape room exercise will only take one hour and he will be rid of them for the rest of the weekend.

The moment the elevator doors close, the lights turn off, leaving them in suffocating darkness. The only light is the weak glow of the small display. As they press the control panel buttons in a frenzy to turn the lights on, the elevator begins to move up.

As the elevator approaches the 70th floor, it comes to a stop, but the doors do not open. Over the control panel, a small television monitor blinks to life with this message: Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

As they bicker about the best way to handle their predicament, another message flicks to life on the screen: Dead but not forgotten. ASLHARLA

Before long they are fighting for their lives and reliving their past abuses of other people. A terrifying study of avarice, greed and treachery beyond belief and what that leads people to do.

A spectacular debut novel from Megan Goldin.

Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher for a fair review. 

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