Author: Taylor Adams
Published: September 24th 2019
Publisher: William Morrow
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
It’s taken me a bit to collect my thoughts, but I’m ready to write it all down. I didn’t know if I was going to like No Exit, simply because of all the hype surrounding it. When a book gets THAT hyped-up, my expectations go too high, and I always end up getting disappointed. But not this time. This time, all the hype is true. This story deserves all the awards because it is officially my favourite thriller of all time.
Darby Thorne is rushing back home during winter break in hopes of seeing her mother before she goes into surgery. She didn’t know her mother was sick until recently, and the guilt over their estranged relationship had her packing and hitting the road as quickly as possible. She needed to make amends with her mother before it was too late. But the weather had other plans for Darby. When she gets storm stayed at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere, Darby meets four other people, and they are forced to wait out the storm together. When Darby goes outside to try and find a signal on her phone she discovers a little girl caged inside one of the parked cars. Someone in the rest stop was a kidnapper.
I love Darby. She is brave and doesn’t take shit from anyone. She has faults and recognizes them. She doesn’t fool anyone but most of all she doesn’t fool herself. I connected with her instantly, making me excited that she is the main character of this story.
Every single chapter had me holding my breath. Just when I thought I had things figured out, the author throws in a huge plot twist. I voiced my shock multiple times throughout this book and even threw it again the wall at one point. That’s how invested I was. The tension, the mystery, the pain, the plot twists that I never could have anticipated. This book is a complete masterpiece. I could talk about it for hours and hours. I finished it a few hours ago and I already want to re-read it.
It’s been such a long time since I’ve been completely blown away by a book. Yes, I’ve rated 5 stars to other novels for great writing and characters but to have a plot throw me off guard as many times as this book did is insane. Books like No Exit are the reason I read. I love being blown away by all aspects of a story. Everything happened for a reason. Every little thing was important. Taylor Adams, I don’t know how you did it, but I think I found my favourite book of the year and it’s only February. Hell, I think I found my favourite book of all time. If you haven’t read No Exit, I highly urge you to pick it up. I promise you, you will not regret it.
If you’ve read this book let’s chat in the comments. I need some people to talk too about this! If you haven’t read this book, don’t look at the comments because there will most likely be spoilers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his writing has been featured on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state.