Book Review: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Book Review The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Do you like reading horror suspense thriller books? And also ones that have many exciting turns and twists? As well as ones that contain action drama as well? This time, you are in the right place as I am reviewing the thrilling suspense novel “The Escape Room by Megan Goldin” which has a lot more than what one might think a suspense novel would include. So without further delay, let’s get started reading.

The book gives you a chance to feel the fear, the growing panic, the explosions of rage, the growing hopelessness, and a sense of fear during the scenes in an elevator. If you read it, it seems like it’s an escape room where the goal is simple: get out alive. You’re gripped from the beginning to the end by this suspenseful story.

The Escape Room is an engaging, page-turning suspense novel that twists the concept of a “locked room mystery” with a twist that turns nasty. In a bizarre corporate team-building exercise, four colleagues are trapped in an elevator and given clues to help them escape a room where the game is not only complicated but deadly.

Rather than reveal everything, I will provide you with fun and suspense throughout our time together. So let’s start by diving into some more information-related books.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin | Book Review 

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About the Author 

Megan Goldin 

Megan Goldin is the author of two bestselling books: “The escape room” and “The girl in killer’s ways“. Megan Goldin lives in Melbourne with her three sons and is a foster mom to Labrador puppies learning to be guide dogs. Before she became a writer, she was a journalist.

 Megan Goldin has previously worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other publications, where she covered war, peace, international terrorism, and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. The Escape Room is Megan Goldin’s first novel.

Book Overview | The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

The suspense novel The Escape Room is written by Megan Goldin. 

Among PureWow’s “Best Beach Reads of the Summer,” BookBub “17 of the Best Summer Books for your Beach Bag,”’s “15 Most Anticipated Books of Summer by Women,” the New York Post’s “25 Best Beach Reads of 2019,” and Refinery29’s “Best Summer Thriller 2019” were just some of the publications that mentioned her debut novel.

 Publication date: 30 July 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s press

Language: English 

Length: 368 pages (may vary)

Genre: Horror, mystery, thriller, action, science fiction, adventure, psychological horror, psychological thriller, drama.

Tense: the story flips back and forth between past and present.

Setting: Throughout the book, chapters labelled “The Elevator” take place in this setting

Point of view: This book switches from first person in one chapter to third person, all knowledge in the next and back and forth depending on who we’re with. There are multiple points of view in the book, beginning with the main character, Sara, and culminating with the point of view of four of Sara’s colleagues (third-person omniscient).

Major themes: ESCAPE ROOM explores themes including revenge, greed, abuse of power, zombies, prison escapes, bank heists, tomb escapes, finding a murderer, crimes, the future, and technology wrapped up in one delectably readable thriller.

Main character: The four colleagues – VincentJulesSylvie and Sam – are locked in an elevator as part of a bizarre corporate team-building exercise. They are supplied with clues to help them leave the elevator.

One of the few sympathetic characters in this novel is Sara Hall. She is intelligent, hard-working, and grounded, a woman who wishes to earn a comfortable living to afford to pay her parents’ medical bills.

Is the escape room based on a real story? ‘No Escape Room’ is not based on a true story but a fictional screenplay. Escape Room, however, is not based on a true story since it portrays a Machiavellian horror narrative about a group of strangers who have to solve a series of puzzles to survive.

What does the title “The escape room” mean? This book’s title refers to an escape room that is an elevator in a newly constructed high-rise building. Four high-profile investment bankers are trapped inside the elevator and have to use the clues found to get out alive.

Book Summary | The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

You are in the escape room. Your goal is to escape alive.

Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are among the most successful people in the finance world.

While they’ve masterfully mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style, the life of extreme luxury always comes with a price.

In the elevator of a high-rise building, ferociously competitive and ambitious high-flyers are gathered to compete in an escape room challenge as a team-building exercise, hoping to show the world what they’re made of.

It soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition as the lights go out and the doors stay shut, and they realise this is no ordinary game; they’re trapped in a deadly game of survival and revenge.

To break free from the darkness, the colleagues must ignore their bitter rivalries to have no choice but to work together and solve cryptic clues to escape.

However, as the game slowly reveals the team’s darkest secrets, they realise that they must pay a heavy price for the crimes they committed in their ruthless rise to the top of the corporate ladder.

In the face of tempers flaring and clues becoming deadly, they must solve one final chilling mystery: which will they kill to survive? And who led them to such a dangerous place?

What Can You Learn from the Book? 

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This book comes out with some parts of the state, particularly when it comes to the characters who would do just about anything to keep their statuses and positions at the company. It’s hard to continue as their false faces revealed their true nature, which was hard to read. It’s a page-turner that takes place in a locked elevator until the very end.

Megan Goldin is an incredible writer: she captures the horror of being trapped in an elevator. Unlike many others in the genre, she puts a lot of emphasis on character development. There’s no holding back in this book; we see all sides of the characters. It is a book where all characters have a dark side, and none of those sides is hidden. This is why they are freaked out because it’s about them in this escape room. 

As you read the book that has been in the world of finance, you will realise that there is always corruption and that it is full of unlikeable people. If you have to enjoy a character in a book, this might not be the one for you as it is filled with all sorts of straight-up nasties.

It wasn’t just about the money and houses of these deals but the exploitation and backstabbing of people, exposing everybody’s secrets and escape rooms. They hated each other despite making so much money as time went on. This book contains a description of sexual assault, so please be aware of that.

What Did I Think of the Book? The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

An engrossing suspense story that catches your attention at the beginning and holds onto it throughout.

The author Goldin is a great storyteller with a beautiful knack for pacing her stories so that audiences cannot turn away. Her novel The Escape Room is an excellent story with an intriguing subject. I felt like I was right there with the characters throughout the book. The two voices alternated nicely throughout the book, keeping me on edge the entire time.

The book’s story exposes how shady these four people are since they are so caught up in their work as investment bankers. Some of those people they worked with back in the day are coming back to haunt them in more ways than one because of greed, lousy band behaviour, and poor professional conduct. 

There are many twists and turns in this book, and every time I thought I had it figured out, I turned out to be wrong. I figured it out just before I was supposed to. I wasn’t disappointed, even after I figured it out before the author wanted me to.

In the end, the twist in the story is revealed to be the reason why the escape room was set up in an elevator in the first place. Although there is a big clue at the beginning of the book, the twist is not hard to guess. It is still an excellent book to listen to while relaxing.

Review/Compliments from Different Platform | The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

“THE ESCAPE ROOM delivers on all it promises; it’s a well-paced, well-written adventure that features a surprising twist at the end.” _New York Times Book Review

“Addicting” _Time Magazine

“Make all your plans a thing of the past; once you start reading, you’ll be trapped in your escape room―the only key to freedom is turning the last page!” _Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Thriller fans will eagerly turn the pages to find out what happens next in this gripping tale of greed and revenge set on Wall Street.” _Publishers Weekly

How would I rate this book? 

My rating for this novel “The Escape Room by Megan Goldin” is 3.5 stars out of 5.

Conclusion & Recommendations | The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

It’s a good book. If you like thrillers, if you like mystery movies, if you are a quick reader and like to figure things out as you read, escape room will probably be a good read for you.

You won’t want to put it down, and it is a beautiful way to remember just what a lot of fun it can be to escape into a beautiful book. Well done, and recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. If you are also interested, try it out.

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