I found this thriller an absolutely gripping read, more so
because I'm reading during winter and this book is set on a
snow-covered mountainous road. The storm means that when
student Derby Thorne pulls her small car off the road, she
has NO EXIT. She is stranded at the Colorado rest stop with
a handful of strangers, some bad coffee and no phone
Now, who is going to leave for a long journey with no phone
charger? Not even one in the car that works off the
cigarette lighter? Well, we just have to take it that
Derby is having a very bad day -- she's trying to drive to
see her seriously ill mother -- and she didn't realise how
bad the weather would get, either. Stuck waiting for snow
ploughs, being polite to unprepossessing strangers and
bemoaning the lack of signal or charge, she discovers a
horrible truth. One of the strangers has locked a child in
the back of his van.
Where I live, we'd immediately run to the group and demand
help freeing the little girl. But in America, the panicking
Derby knows that not only the bad guy but some of the good
guys could be armed and she doesn't want to start a mad
shootout. At about this point I had to put the book down,
and I kept thinking about the story until I got back to it
later. When I had to take another break, I couldn't wait to
read again, and the next time I just had to finish the
tale. Dinner getting cold and all.
The bitter, energy-sapping snow and claustrophobia, the
inevitability of violence, sinister kidnapper and tensions,
make this a cinematic thriller that works very well. Author
Taylor Adams has been a screen director so he doesn't waste
time or energy on sub-plots. Yes, the twists are formulaic,
but they serve to pile problem after problem on Darcy's
head as she strives to free young Jay while keeping herself
and others alive.
The end of NO EXIT satisfied this reader, but I warn that
there are really only two things you can be sure of. One is
that the little girl will survive, because she kind of has
to, doesn't she. The other is... no, actually, there's only
one. Expect strong language, violence and stress in this
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
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
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.