No Exit by Taylor Adams ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Published: 19 Jan 2019 by William Morrow/Harper Collins (first published in 2017)
Page count: 250 (print length)
My Format: eBook via Overdrive/Libby
Cover: Desolate
Pacing: Fast
Ending: Good  
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy No Exit

My rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis
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?

My Thoughts
I was looking for a quick, fast-paced thriller to read after some heavier books I’ve been reading recently. This one fit the bill nicely. Here are my pros and cons for No Exit:

Pros

  1. I read this book with lightning speed! Once it starts, the action does not stop.
  2. This book has a strong female lead – I love that!
  3. I appreciated the gradual reveal of who the “bad guy” was… I thought I knew, but I was wrong! Well technically, I was right AND wrong!
  4. I am a fan of thrillers that take place in confined spaces (locked in a room, stuck in a motel, trapped in an elevator) and this story certainly had a claustrophobic feel.
  5. This is undeniably a plot-driven novel. We do get to know the characters back stories, but it is somewhat superficial. And that is okay, because this is supposed to be a plot-driven novel and it was a good one.
  6. There is a little twist at the ending I appreciated.

Cons

  1. There were a few slightly unbelievable and “convenient” plot elements that were necessary to move the story along in the right direction. These convenient situations are common in thrillers. I really don’t like them at all, but I understand why they are sometimes necessary. I can handle a little bit of suspension of belief if it doesn’t get too ridiculous, and I thought this one stayed in the reasonable range.

Summary
Is this the next great American novel? No. Is it a good escape into a thrilling situation for a few hours of entertainment? Absolutely. I enjoyed reading this book and I will likely read more by this author when I am looking for a fast-paced thriller.

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