No Exit by Taylor Adams Book Review

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No Exit Book Cover No Exit
Taylor Adams
William Morrow
January 15, 2019



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?

No Exit Book Review

Raise your hand if you can relate to being stuck somewhere with no clear idea of how long you will be trapped, all because the outside world is unsafe. Now take this relatable situation and place it in a rest stop, off some frozen mountain highway and one of the people you’re stuck with is a child abductor. A very dangerous one, but you have no idea who.

No Exit Book CoverNo Exit is a heart-pounding thriller that feels more like a movie than a traditional novel in its pacing and spirit. The twists and turns made for a thrilling and bumpy ride and I loved every minute of it. From the opening pages, I felt connected to the protagonist, Darby Thorne. The college girl who is racing home to see her dying mother before she passes gave this story a feeling of desperation right out of the gate. You want her to get where she needs to go and that feeling runs the clock and then pulls you through the entirety of the story. It is also what motivates Darby, what makes her a kickass heroine that you’ll really love rooting for. The girl that takes a hit but keeps getting back up even when you think she shouldn’t.

But she isn’t the only dynamic character. In fact, every single personality comes flying off the pages with descriptive realism, each with their own tone, dialect motivation and backstory. And it was captivating from how you didn’t really know who to trust or who to love including the victim. Taylor knows how to weave distrust expertly.

Beware, squeamish readers, this story with its rich narrative is also detailed in its gore. Some parts being so graphic I had to walk away to reset and to some of you, let this be a trigger your warning. But once I cleared my head of the imaginative but gruesome circumstances I was able to jump back in to the wickedness of No Exit and ride the rest of the narrative wave.

Lastly, because if you haven’t been able to read between the obvious lines that I really liked this book, then here’s my final push. I didn’t see the ending coming and I figured out The Sixth Sense immediately after the shooting scene. Dont’ get me wrong, It wasn’t without flaws but in the end, it entertained.

If you want to read a book that is fun, quick thrilling and twisty… this is it! It’s not literature and you won’t be talking about it in your English Lit class but it’s a perfect read to keep you home and safe.

Enjoy and be well. Stay home, if not for yourself then for everyone else.

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