No Exit by Taylor Adams
Published by William Morrow on January 15, 2019
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
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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?
I’ve been in a thriller funk for a couple weeks, but no longer—thanks to No Exit by Taylor Adams. This riveting story kept me reading way past my bedtime and it was totally worth it.
Just before Christmas, college student Darby Thorne is heading home after receiving bad news from her sister. Their mom has pancreatic cancer and is about to have surgery. Darby’s relationship with her mom is complicated, but she has to be by her side during this time.
Darby sets out on the road, but gets caught in a huge snowstorm and can’t go farther. She pulls over into a rest stop to wait out the storm. Inside are four other people, also stranded due to the weather. There’s no cell service here in the middle of nowhere, so they have no choice but to wait for the snowplows to arrive in the morning.
As cabin fever threatens to set in, Darby makes a terrifying discovery: in the back of a van parked at the rest stop is a little girl, locked in a dog crate. Darby is determined to find out who the girl’s abductor is—and to somehow help the girl survive. But with no cell service and no exit in sight, is escape even possible?
I was absolutely obsessed with this story and flew through it. I haven’t been this glued to a book in a while. It’s fast-paced and filled with many twists—I didn’t predict the ending but was so satisfied when it arrived. No spoilers, but I will say that it’s awesome to read such a well-written female protagonist. Highly recommended!
Rating: 5 stars