Author: Maren Stoffels
Published: July 7, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 4-5, 2021, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
Alissa, Sky, Cleo, and Miles just wanted something to do on a Friday night, so they signed up for an Escape Room. They have one hour to find clues, crack codes, and figure out puzzles. The Game Master told them they can always leave the game. But what if that’s not true? What if the Game Master has no intention of letting them out?
Unlike Fright Night, Escape Room worked decently for me: For one thing the main characters were actually in an escape room! I was anxious for the characters to get into the escape room, so once they got there at about 25% into the novel, I was ready for the action to happen! I didn’t pay much attention to the character backgrounds, so I was not attached to them. In fact, I was ready for the villain to kill them all, as I found these teenagers a bit annoying. There was teen drama with secrets, revelations, and one coming out. Once the ‘big twist’ happened, I did halfway think about listening to the audiobook again.
This was a shorter YA audiobook that had a full cast narration, which improved the book for me. The narration also includes the villain! I did want more from the villain. I think it would be a good book for the target audience of teens, but tame for the adult listener.
If you want something quick to read that isn’t quite scary for this Halloween, this one would be worth the read. The audiobook was just under four hours long and Amazon has it listed at 224 pages for the paperback version.
Stoffels has one more book: Room Service, which if it was offered on my Libby app, I would give a try.