“The difference between a hero and a victim? Timing.”Taylor Adams, No Exit
So every once in a great while I like to go outside of my comfort range of my normal reads of romance novels and try something different. No Exit was definitely out of my comfort zone and I was not disappointed by the book at all. This was a great book, even the parts that made my stomach twist a bit.
With many books it takes me getting through at least the first chapter for it to catch my attention and make me want to continue turning the pages to find out more about the story. However, with No Exit, it only took a couple of pages until it grabbed at me. The minute that Darby saw the “tiny, doll-like hand,” not only inside a locked van on a freezing cold night in the middle of the mountain while everyone else was inside the warm welcome center, but wrapped around a cage bar that would usually hold a dog, not a child.
This read was one that you could easily picture in your head as if it was a movie running through your mind. And even though I’m one who believes the book is always better than the movie, this book would make a great movie; of course as long as it was done correctly. No Exit was well written with plenty of detail to the surroundings as well as what the characters themselves were like. The sleaziness of some of the characters was so spot on you could feel the slime leaking from their pores. Too many times have I seen an author focus on one or the other and forget about the opposite, making the story seem flat. Those books are hard to finish.
Even though the complete story takes place in one location, there is so much action going on that it works, and it works well. From the minute Darby found the child in the back of that van she started thinking about ways of helping them get free, no matter the consequences. Well, she thinks of them a lot actually, but it doesn’t stop her from doing what is right. The storyline isn’t just all about freeing the little girl trapped in a cage either. I mean, yes, that is the main plot, but there are plenty of twists and turns within that makes you keep turning those pages to the very end, and in some cases it makes you cringe. You feel how scared Darby is, for the child and for herself, constantly wondering if they were going to make it through the night alive, and you want to continue cheering her on the whole way through all the while afraid as to what is right around the corner waiting for her. And of course, there is a reason as to why everyone is at that rest stop they are all trapped at in the middle of a snowstorm at the same time, you just have to read to find out why.
What can happen when you put five strangers in a rest stop that is being buried in snow more every minute, with no way out until the snow plows show in the morning? More than most find possible, especially when one of them finds a young child locked away inside a cage in the back of a van.
About No Exit
All Darby Thorne was trying to do was fight her way through a snowstorm in the Colorado mountains on her way through to Utah to see her dying mother before it was too late. However, fate wasn’t exactly on her side. Or at least at the time, she didn’t believe it was. That is until she gets stuck at a rest area with four strangers, and while out trying to get a signal on her dying cell phone she comes across a child locked in a dog cage in the back of a van that belongs to one of those inside that building. The place where she would have to return to if she didn’t want any of them to come check up on what she was doing, which was trying to free the child.
There was no way to contact the police for help as there was no cell phone signal, no landline inside the rest area, and no way out until they were plowed out by the trucks that weren’t scheduled to arrive until dawn. And on top of it all, one of those inside was a kidnapper and she had no way of finding out who it was without letting them know what she was up to. She was going to have to go it alone as she didn’t think she could trust any of those in that building.
A list of Taylor Adam’s books can be found on his site here – Book List