The book starts with a scream inside an office tower, heard by Miguel whose job was to guard the building during his night shift. After calling 911, the police are there, the lobby’s elevator is opened, fires are shot and a pool of blood is displayed!
When four people become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare.
Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?
One of the many things that really piqued my interest in this book was the cleverly written narrative of Sara Hall – one of the firm’s employees, who eventually becomes frightened by and curious about the mysterious accidents and deaths happening around her and sets on uncovering the secrets of the firm, its elusive and deadly history. And more questions begin to surface: Who should she trust? Who should she not?
The book goes back and forth between the four characters who got stuck inside the elevator, and Sara Hall three months earlier. And in no time we begin to get acquainted with the connection between all five characters.
As time passes, new clues begin to show up in intriguingly various and increasingly challenging ways inside the elevator and Sylvie, Vincent, Jules and Sam have to put their rivalries aside and work together to solve them.
THE ESCAPE ROOM does in a way sound like THE GIRL BEFORE by J. P. Delaney in terms of one of the main characters being introduced to a new work place where – while numerous advantages are being offered to the employees – a highly unhealthy environment exists.
This book kept me entertained from start to finish. It was filled with anxiety-inducing moments, especially as we begin to realize how this terrifying experience really is bringing the worst in these characters.
It’s amazing how the way you feel about these characters might change momentarily. Do they deserve what’s happening to them? Are there secrets about their personal lives that are yet to be discovered?
It finally seems that all of them have a number of demands and feelings bottled up, and it’s under these circumstances that they’re about to re-surface.
However, there is someone other than these five people who holds the clue to everything that’s been happening from the start. So, who is this person? And what consequences will they face?
The author wraps up with a perfect ending, and I think that this book makes up for an absolutely entertaining weekend binge-read that’ll most definitely satisfy fans of psychological thrillers!
Is The Escape Room up your alley? Let me know in the comments, fellow readers!