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No Exit by Taylor Adams

No Exit

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by Taylor Adams

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Five strangers are trapped in a blizzard with no way to escape. And, oh yeah—one of them is a psychopath.

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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?

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.

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No Exit

5:19 P.M.


“Screw you, Bing Crosby.”

Darby Thorne was six miles up Backbone Pass when her windshield wiper broke, and that bass-baritone voice was just kicking into the second chorus. It was official: he’d be getting his white Christmas. He could shut up about it now.

She thumbed the radio dial (nothing else but static) and watched her left wiper blade flap like a fractured wrist. She considered pulling over to duct-tape it, but there was no highway shoulder—just walled embankments of dirty ice crowding her right and left. She was afraid to stop anyway. The snowflakes had been big and soppy when she’d blown through Gold Bar forty minutes ago, but they’d grown smaller and grittier as her altitude climbed. They were hypnotic now in her racing headlights, a windshield of stars smearing into light speed.

CHAINS MANDATORY, the last sign she’d seen had warned.

Darby didn’t own snow chains. Not yet, at least. This was her sophomore year at CU-Boulder and she’d never planned on venturing any farther off campus than Ralphie’s Thriftway. She remembered walking back from there last month, half-drunk with a gaggle of half friends from her dorm, and when one of them asked her (only half giving a shit) where she planned to go for Christmas break, Darby had answered bluntly that it would require an act of God himself to make her come back home to Utah.

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Why I love it

Holy cats—this pulse-pounding thriller will have you on the edge of your seat! Lock your doors, turn off your phone, and get ready to ignore all your obligations until you’ve finished No Exit—it’s THAT good.

Ever wondered if you could really be a hero when it mattered most? College student Darby Thorne is stranded in a remote highway rest stop with four strangers during a blizzard. While retrieving something from her car, she discovers a young girl locked in a van in the parking lot. Which of the four strangers inside the rest stop owns the van? Who is the girl? And how can Darcy rescue her without tipping off the kidnapper and potentially getting everyone killed?

Fans of Joe Hill and A.J. Finn will love this book. I loved how Darcy—who has never taken charge of anything before—goes full-throttle into badass mode. And despite my best efforts, I never figured out what was going to happen. Instead, I tore through each explosive surprise, heart pounding in my throat (for what it’s worth, this book gave me a much better idea of just what that expression means). No Exit is a nonstop rollercoaster ride, and I loved every electrifying second of it.

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Member ratings (26,050)

  • Alexis A.

    San Tan Valley, AZ

    I finished this book in a few hours! It was such a quick read and was definitely movie-ish. If you’re into action packed books that keep you on the edge of your seat, you’ll love this book!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Jessica M.

    Las Vegas, NV

    So I thought everyone was the killer to…maybe just this one person…to AGAIN! I think everyone could be IN ON IT! Fast paced, grim and gory…DEFINITELY could be a movie⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I loved this book!!

  • Emma S.

    Henderson, NV

    Amazing. Finished this book in less than 24 hours, so intense that I don’t think I blinked after page 50. And an INCREDIBLE villain. This book is pedal to the metal from beginning to end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

  • Valbona K.

    Yonkers, NY

    Wow! Amazing start to finish. Read it all in a day. So many twists and turns. Yes - corny dialogue at times but the story keeps you on the edge of your seat up until the very last sentence. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Bianca S.

    South Plainfield, NJ

    This was a great book to read for my first horror/thriller. There were a lot of twists and surprises. It was a great edge of your seat read. Loved the characters. Finished it in a day! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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