Synopsis from Goodreads
Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are ruthlessly ambitious high-flyers working in the lucrative world of Wall Street finance where deception and intimidation thrive. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to reach the top. When they are ordered to participate in a corporate team-building exercise that requires them to escape from a locked elevator, dark secrets of their team begin to be laid bare. The biggest mystery to solve in this lethal game: What happened to Sara Hall? Once a young shining star—”now gone but not forgotten”. This is no longer a game. They’re fighting for their lives.
This book is about greed, lies, cynicism, lust, murder, back-stabbing, selfishness, cheating, exploitation, and revenge. It is an incredible thrill ride! The story is presented in two time lines with the chapters going back and forth between Sara’s point of view (the “then” part of the story) and the point of view of the four coworkers in the elevator (the “now” part of the story).
The atmosphere of the elevator chapters was insane! I am not claustrophobic, but I really started feeling quite uncomfortable when reading the elevator scenes. Intense temperature changes, going from total darkness to blinding brightness, not to mention the animosity between the four trapped individuals – it created a super tense atmosphere that was palpable. I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of escape rooms, as I am sure others are. This book took the concept of escape rooms to another level!!!
The other part of the book – the investment banking/corporate side of the story – was also pretty intense. The things people do and the things people give up just to make money! CRAZY! I don’t work in this kind of atmosphere – THANK GOODNESS! It made for a great story, but I can’t imagine that lifestyle or that level of competitiveness at any expense. I wouldn’t last long at all! So, I am going to put on my rose-colored glasses and try to convince myself that not all investment banking corporations function like they did in this book – this was just fiction, right?
This story well written and had a satisfying ending. My only complaint is the sleep I lost plowing through it!
This book will be made into a movie – I guarantee it.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Expected publication August 2, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press.
My rating – 5 out of 5
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