Published by Joffe Books on June 25, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath.
A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?
On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.
Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.
Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?
There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?
Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.
But who can she trust?
With exquisitely controlled pacing, Taylor Adams diabolically ratchets up the tension with every page. Full of terrifying twists and hairpin turns, No Exit will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you breathless.
No Exit by Taylor Adams has been on my reading list for quite some time now and at this moment I am wondering why I have not read it sooner! It is reminiscent of the late 80’s early 90’s thriller/horror movies which I absolutely loved as a teenager. While No Exit is labeled as a thriller, I would take it a step further and say it is more like a New Adult thriller as the main character, Darby Thorne is on the younger side and still in college.
I do have to say that I had every intention of only reading the first few chapters and then going to bed, but the story sucked me right in and I had a hard time putting it down. Before I realized it, it was 5am and I pretty much face planted on my desk from lack of sleep.
No Exit plays a different spin in the thriller genre and kind of reminds me of the movies Rest Stop and No Vacancy – yes they are early 2000 movies, but they are still two of my favorite movies. If you enjoy mysteries centered around a snowstorm with a trapped/locked in feel, then you will definitely love No Exit. In parts mystery and in parts gruesome, No Exit will take you on an intense thrill ride that will have you flipping through the pages while the story builds in momentum. There is a lot of action blended in with a lot of cringe worthy scenes that left me gasping a few times….okay MANY times!
I really liked Darby even though she is not always a likeable character. She has done things in her past and she has hurt her mother in many ways, but she has a fire inside and wants to do the right thing when she finds a child locked in a cage inside of a van. Throughout the story, I couldn’t help but see her softness inside that she has hidden behind a tough outer shell. Darby is a badd*ss. She is smart and resourceful, although she does make a few dumb decisions, but I chalk it up to just her age.
While I found the story to be engaging, it does have a few issues as well. My main issue is with the kidnapped child. She acts way older than seven years old and has a pretty big vocabulary for a child. Kids written into stories are always a hit or miss for me and again it all depends on how they are written. In this case, I would have liked to see her behave more like a child of her age.
All in all, No Exit is a refreshing thriller that will take you on one wild ride! I am definitely looking forward to more stories from Taylor Adams.