I’m normally not drawn to the synopsis of a book, I’m more of a cover gal, but when I read the blurb for The Escape Room I had to have it. I was instantly drawn to this book and wanted to read it immediately. I’m thankful to my friends at St. Martin’s Press allowed me a review copy!
The first 30% of this book was tough for me. I found absolutely no redeeming qualities in any of the characters and absolutely loathed reading about the ruthless business and finance world. In this story, it’s a world in which people chose money and self above all else, including ethics and morals. This is a lifestyle entirely different from everything I value in life and I found it irksome to read about such vile characters.
Thankfully Sara’s perspective rescued the story for me. She was hardworking, likable, and I enjoyed reading about her experiences working at Stanhope. She comes across as the exact opposite of her colleagues, yet she still finds herself sucked into the deplorable world of self-indulgence. It was interesting to see the slow corruption that took place and the suspense of how she might rectify it as the story drew on.
I liked how the message of unfair wages and inequality was added to this plot as well. The author addressed the discrimination many people face in the workplace in a relatable way, rather than making it political. I really appreciated how she handled the subject matter, making the reader root against unfairness.
The ending of this story was everything I didn’t know I needed. It was the ultimate justice for a group of characters everyone will love to hate, characters that reminded me of all too many people I know in real life. It was something that made me want to stand up and cheer in the end because books like this one rarely have the type of ending I desire. Ultimately, the twist at the conclusion helped me to decide to bump up my star rating simply because it fueled my excitement for this book as a whole. I was impressed.
Unfortunately, readers, you’ll be waiting a while longer for this book. It doesn’t release until July 30th, but I don’t think this will be one you will forget about. I’m sure there will be plenty of hype to lead up to the release.
Rating: 4 stars