The Escape Room, by Megan Goldin

7 Feb
escape room megan goldin

Low 4 of 5 stars

I give this 4/5 stars because in the end I was fully engrossed in the story. The concept gets a 5. But the story itself really gets a 2.5. There were so many things that did not make sense. Apparently the main character is college educated and can get hired at a top-level finance company, but aside from that the only jobs she can obtain are the lowest of the low server positions, or one very sketchy accountant job. Seriously? That’s all she is qualified for? She travels the US and over the course of years this capable college educated woman can only get a job as a dive bar waitress?? This is a serious problem for me.

The revenge she seeks is plotted over the course of several years, and the main character puts her entire life on hold for those years while she obsesses over it. I found this problematic. I could not make myself root for her. The plan was insane, it wasn’t believable, and it just took way too long to carry out.

But yes, in the end I gave it 4 stars because I mostly enjoyed reading it, even when I was frustrated at the actual plotting. I think it would do better as a B-level thriller film, where logistics and time periods don’t pose such a problem.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair review.

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