After the string of not-great books I've read in the last little bit, I was really hanging my last hope on this one. Luckily, it exceeded my expectations!

Hello everyone!

I am back again with another book review, today it is The Escape Room by Megan Goldin, as part of the Escape Room Blog Tour. 

Thanks so much to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows four ruthless New York City investment bankers who, in the wake of corporate 'restructuring' are ordered to participate in a mandatory team-building exercise. While the team works to solve the puzzles and get out of the locked elevator escape room, secrets long buried are dredged up and consequences are finally delivered. Their first clue? What happened to Sara Hall, their coworker who is gone, but not forgotten?

The initial reason why I agreed to review this book was because of the escape room premise. It's something that I've personally done a handful of times in my everyday life, but not something that I have seen described in any novels that I've read (sidenote: if you have any other escape room novel recommendations, hit me up!). While the escape room wasn't the sole driving force of the story, it was a major part and did prove to be extremely interesting and unique.

The story is told in two timelines, "The Elevator" and "Sara Hall." They aren't given a date, so you don't really know when each is happening until the end when things start coming together. I thought this book was really well written and I didn't find myself more drawn to one section of the book more than the other, a common problem I have with multiple-storyline books. I was riveted by the elevator sections but intrigued with how the Sara sections fit in as well.

In all honesty, there wasn't really a (major) character in this book that I really liked, but that was okay with me because I was so compelled by the plot and finding out what happened. I don't want to give too much away but I will say that in this case, as well as others, I don't particularly think you need to connect or even like the characters of a book to find in worth reading. There were times when I didn't really like Sara, despite getting the feeling that she was the character the reader was supposed to be drawn to the most. And I was okay with that.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and found it to be a new favourite!