This little book does exactly what thrillers are supposed to do. It kept me frantically turning pages wanting to know what would happen next, it was a fast read, and it has an extremely interesting premise: Four co-workers who don’t really like each other are stuck in an “escape room” elevator that isn’t what it seems, and there were well-paced reveals of dark secrets lurking around the corners of the story. If I hadn’t disliked the four characters in the elevator so much, I might have given this a full four stars. But yucky people even in books make me depressed, and I don’t like feeling depressed, so I had to lower it a half star. Also, I did call the ending, which while it didn’t hinder my enjoyment, I feel like I need to ding the story a little because I shouldn’t have been to guess it.
Side note: The people trapped in the elevator work for an Investment Baking firm, and they deserve what they get. This book did not make me change my opinion of people who work in finance, and only affirmed that people who spend lots of money on designer clothes to wear to WORK are broken inside.
I will continue to read Megan Goldin’s books because I have found 2/3 out of the three I’ve read very entertaining, but it’s not a case of “getting better as she goes”, because even though I’m giving this one 3.5 stars and her follow-up The Night Swim got 4.5 stars, I gave her newest release, Stay Awake 2.5 stars because I found the main storyline to be so aggravating.
[3.5 stars, rounded up]