Review – The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

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Goodreads synopsis:

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.

Genre: Thriller
My Rating: *** (3 of 5 stars)

Sara Hall counts herself lucky to be hired by a highly prestigious finance firm and loves the work, if not the people she works with. When she accidentally uncovers company secrets that her coworkers would prefer to keep hidden, she finds her career in jeopardy.

I found The Escape Room to be a quick, entertaining read full of people I honestly enjoyed watching get what they had coming to them. I can’t say that I felt any empathy for most of the characters in the book. While not a fast-paced story, it did keep me intrigued and I had to keep reading to figure out who was up to what.

If you like puzzles, twists, and turns with your mystery, and enjoy seeing nasty people get their comeuppance, you should like this thriller.

Slight almost-spoiler alert:

I think that as an IT professional, I may not have been the best audience for this book. Some of the things that Sara manages to learn to an expert level in a short period of time seem too far-fetched for me, and even trying to engage in a little willful suspension of disbelief didn’t help. This definitely altered my perception of the story as a whole, but I don’t think most people outside of the industry would even notice.

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