Title: No Exit
Author: Taylor Adams
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
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? (Amazon)
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While reading NO EXIT, part of me wanted to yell at Darby for being so stupid! Who jumps in her car and tries to drive over a mountain during the winter, especially during a blizzard, so woefully unprepared?
But the other part, remembering various stupid things I did when Darby’s age, could relate.
Leave home without your phone charger? Been there. Not dress properly for the weather? Done that. Add her age to the fact that she was a little panicked about trying to reach her mother before surgery and her unpreparedness makes a little more sense.
But I still wanted to yell at her….
Who knows how we would react in the same situation? Seeing a child trapped in a dog kennel in the back of a van? No cell service? Roads impassable because of a blizzard?
Darby is a hero. She doesn’t think she is and wishes she were braver, more resourceful, or stronger, but she’s still a hero. With no real plan or forethought, she doesn’t hesitate to jump in and try and save the child.
She is also impulsive, makes poor decisions, and winds up making a bad situation worse.
The writing was good and the characters were okay, but there were a few inconsistencies and plot holes that bothered me. And maybe I’ve read too many thrillers but there were a couple of scenes that screamed FORESHADOWING to me and yep, I was right.
NO EXIT had a great premise and turned out to be a decent read, but it took me awhile to finish. Also, the ending felt a little rushed and was a little unsatisfying. Gave it a 3/5 rating.
About the Author:
Taylor Adams graduated from Eastern Washington University with 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. Taylor lives in Washington state and has written two previous novels, Eyeshot and Our Last Night, published as e-books by a U.K. publisher.