No Exit

No Exit

A Novel

Large Print - 2019
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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?
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, 2019
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780062887375
Characteristics: 408 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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heavenne
Jul 19, 2019

Oh Lordy! Where do I start with this one!

Let’s say first of all, I could not put this one down. It was very fast paced and you wanted to keep reading until the end. You were on constant pins and needles throughout the novel and it was a job well done.

You cheered for Darby. She was no nonsense, and kept fighting on even when it felt like there was nowhere to turn to and things started turning really ugly. Yes she obviously did some very stupid mistakes along the way and this may infuriate some readers. However I liked her grit and her determination to keep that child alive.

The twists in this book is enough to put you on the edge of your seat. It keeps you interested and makes you want to keep reading to see what might be coming up next. I have to admit, the ending seemed a bit outrageous and it got to the point where it was a little over the top in dramatics. However, I’ll forgive for this time as I enjoyed reading this book.

The villains were well created, albeit cruel and horrible. Lars and Ashley do make a rather interesting duo and the little twist involving some bystanders at the rest stop was a nice addition to the plot. I did not care too much for the animal cruelty though, but I suppose it’s to be expected with someone of Ashley’s cruelty and manner. The little subplot involving his uncle was also interesting and adds another dimension to the book (albeit a small one).

Definitely take the time to read this! It’s a quick fast paced read and you feel the tension and suspense throughout the book. If you can ignore the over the top craziness towards the finale, you’ll find an enjoyable read from start to finish.

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star2014
Jul 06, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The author has created great characters that come to life , acting out a well thought out story line through excellent writing.Definitely 5 star material!

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kmre_37
May 18, 2019

Unrealistic & predictable !

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limig
May 11, 2019

A nail biting stay up and read book. Yes it is violent, but so are most high tense reads. If you are looking for a way to spend a raining day I would recommend this roller coaster book.

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jasminestea
May 07, 2019

This book had potential, and I can honestly say I enjoyed the first half. The author did an effective job of creating his trapped rest stop atmosphere, the development was initially quick, and I was surprised by a twist. BUT then a racist joke happened (that could have instead just been insinuated, for horrible-character development sake) and I mentally checked out. From around that point, the plotline dragged on too long and that twisted feeling was lost, instead replaced with gore and attempted shock value. I think this one would make a decent movie, but it fizzled out for me as a read. And that's the tea.

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derilyn
Apr 24, 2019

This book is not one I would recommend to anyone.

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ColoReader
Apr 18, 2019

I didn't care for this one very much. It had potential as it was good on character development but a hot mess everywhere else. Extremely violent.

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emfaha
Mar 27, 2019

Very readable! Read this as a palate cleanser between some heavier books. Did the trick!

DCLadults Feb 13, 2019

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cluhowy
Jan 31, 2019

I began reading and finished this book in less than a day.
This is a taut, fast paced "thriller" in the true sense. I’ve read hundreds of books in the “thriller genre” and few have lived up to being a thriller. Suspenseful, yes, thriller, no way. This book is an exception. Masterfully written, it puts the reader on the razors edge, breath held, heart racing, cannot put it down from the beginning to the very last page.
In 2017 the film rights in Taylor Adams' “No Exit”, were sold to Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox. (Looking forward to the upcoming movie version and hope it's as good.)
Protagonist University of Colorado student Darby Thorne is driving home to visit her dying mother in a Utah hospital. It’s December, nearly Christmas. She is caught in a horrendous blizzard in Colorado’s mountains. Eventually she is forced to pull into a remote rest stop where she meets 4 other stranded motorists. While walking through the parking lot, she discovers a little girl, held prisoner in the back of a van. Unable to set her free, without cell or phone reception and trapped by the snow, she returns to the rest stop centre to determine which of the 4 strangers has kidnapped the little girl. She plans to do this without revealing anything about the kidnapping.
Is the story plausible? It could be. Is it full of suspense? Definitely. It has the creepy, evil, scary quality of Stephen King’s writing, without eerie fantasy in the story.
Some readers may complain it’s somewhat far-fetched and give it a low rating. I disagree. It feels like a realistic scenario. If it did not contain some questionably impossible moments, it wouldn’t be a thriller. Real life can be stranger than fiction. It was an excellent read for this writer.

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