The Escape Room by Megan Goldin. (2018).
*5 out of 5 stars*
Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are finance workers on Wall Street; ruthless, ambitious and living luxurious lives. The four become trapped in an elevator escape room and have to try to work together to solve the clues that will free them. In this small space their secrets will be revealed and they will be made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive. The clues are personal and ominous and lead to a puzzle: which one of them is a killer?
Loved this book! It was captivating from the beginning. The plot alternates chapters between those stuck in the elevator and a woman named Sara Hall whom we learn used to work in the same team. This is a clever story with great character development (particularly Sara) and plenty of twists/reveals. Having done a couple of escape rooms myself, I liked the way the author used the current enthusiasm for them in the storyline; reading about the four trying to work out clues while being genuinely trapped in a small space really added to the tension. Readers that enjoy the psychological thriller genre will no doubt appreciate this novel – my only advice is to make sure you’ve got some time set aside because you won’t want to put this book down until the very end.