eARC review: The Escape Room by Megan Goldin


Author: Megan Goldin
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
US Pub Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Thriller

In two sentences:

Four top investment bankers get a text to meet in a development property for a team-building escape game. When they get there they’re told the goal is to get out alive.

My thoughts:

Characters: The majority of the characters are very unlikable, but that was the goal (I think) however, the ones I did like were just less horrible than the others. I felt as though none of them developed much over the course of the story

Ending: It’s actually kind of difficult to spoil this because the first chapter fast-forwards to the end where you hear a shot go off. The ending wasn’t a surprise honestly, if anything I was kind of sad it was exactly what I had thought.

Narrative Ratio: The Escape room alternates between the elevator scenes and the perspective of a past employee while they had worked there. I wasn’t really expecting that but I liked her character more than the others so I can’t really complain.

Pacing: I feel as though the pacing was so obnoxiously slow. The writing made it feel even slower. Normally I read a thriller in like two or three days. This took me over a week to get through.

Overall I wasn’t too impressed with it. I thought I was going to love it. The premise seemed amazing but the execution wasn’t the best. I’m not going to go out of my way to tell someone to read it or not.

Let’s spill some tea. What was the last thriller to disappoint you?

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for giving me an advance copy for review purposes. This did not influence my opinion.

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