Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Review: No Exit by Taylor Adams

Title: No Exit
Author: Taylor Adams
Year Published: 2018


Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 421
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (CO)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): ON her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the Colorado Rockies. With the roads impassable, she's forced to wait out the story at a remote highway rest stop with no cell phone reception. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.

Desperate to find a signal to call home, the exhausted young art student goes back out into the storm... and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car is a little girl locked in an animal crate.

Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her? There is not way to call for help and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. but which one?

Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation on the edge of civilization, 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?

Review: Good thing I wasn't reading this in some remote wintery place, but rather in sunny southern California (yes, it's winter, but our version of it). This one is creepy! Good creepy, though. 

It feels so good to finish a good book on Christmas day with no rush to do anything or be anywhere. This book will have you flipping pages quickly so that you can find out what happens and if it was a movie, I'd be yelling at the screen, "Get out of that building! Don't go back in!" Darby is a young woman who doesn't really think of anyone but herself, so is surprised when she feels compelled to save the kidnapped girl. Little does she know what is going to transpire and how the kidnapper is.

If you're in the mood to read about a scary-as-can-be sociopath, this book is a good one to choose. The kidnapper is totally creepy. And Darby tries to be so good. And it all just works well in this novel.

Challenges for which this counts: none

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