Short Review: No Exit (Spoiler free. New Favorite Thriller!)

Gripping. Tense. Thrilling.

Heads up! You’ll need your seatbelt for this book. Seriously though, this book doesn’t take long to hook you, and from there on its a wild ride.

Title: No Exit

Author: Taylor Adams

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 287

Published: January 15, 2019

House: William Morrow


Rating: 5 out of 5.


A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

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?

Now listen, I read a lot of thrillers, and on top of that I had read several before this one. So sometimes the story lines and villains can start to seem familiar.

It gets easier to guess the twists and turns; the endings become less shocking.

(Fellow mystery/thriller enthusiasts, you know what I mean.)

But in this book…

Its done so well! Because even when I suspected certain outcomes, in some scenes there’s no way of knowing for sure how it’ll conclude.

And when I successfully guessed certain things, the delivery more than made up for it.

The suspense…

This book alternates between fast-paced thrills that have you feeling like it’s cardio day – okay, maybe like you just did a few jumping jacks – and moments of tense stillness that makes you want to hold your breath.

The characters…

The main character in here is smart and resilient. Which is a relief, because if there was a stupid main character amidst all the chaos, I might’ve gone crazy enough to throw the book across the room.

I also really enjoyed the other characters in here, especially since everyone is a suspect. That just made me question all of their behaviors and statements.

There’s not much I can say about the plot without spoiling it. The synopsis is more than enough to know what the book is about and I don’t want to sound repetitive.

I believe thrillers are best enjoyed diving in without much background knowledge.

Who else has read this? Let’s keep the comments spoiler-free. Also, what was the last thriller you read?

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