The Escape Room is about a team of four investment bankers, who receive a mysterious email from HR, and are sent to an elevator at an empty construction site on a Friday night as a team building exercise, an escape room.
The puzzles begin and tensions rise as each coworker has their own reasons for needing to get out as soon as possible. Vincent is worried they are about to be fired, but lusts equally after a big promotion. Sam is broke because of his wife’s excessive spending. Jules is broke because of his alimony. Sylvie has a boyfriend who told her if she cancelled on him again, he was done. Only a few puzzles in and things start to go horribly wrong in the elevator.
Alongside the story of the escape room, we are told the story of Sarah Hall. An old coworker, set a few years earlier. Her desperation in joining Stanhope & Sons, all the hard work and endless hours she put into the team.
I liked both parts of the story equally- Sarah was a character you wanted to root for. The investment bankers are the sort of horrible people the vulture in me just loves to watch turn on eachother.
I think regular mystery/thriller readers will see what’s happening fairly early on, which is the only real fault I can find with the book. The author throws a few red herrings at you, but ultimately, parts of this are fairly predictable. I listened to this on audio and two different narrators were used, each fantastic (January LaVoy and Ramon de Ocampo). They kept me hooked into the story despite all that- it was a great way to experience the book.
The ending sort of fizzled out for me. It’s hard to say why without major spoilers, but I was looking for a little more perspective on the events that took place in the elevator from the characters. You know what happened, I just wanted to know what they thought about it.
Otherwise this is a quick read that I very much enjoyed. I loved the dual narration format and hope more audiobooks will explore it in the future. The Escape Room can be found on GoodReads if you’d like to check it out!
Have you read The Escape Room? What did you think?