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No Exit: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 26, 2019
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“What a box of tricks! This full-throttle thriller, dark and driving, rivals Agatha Christie for sheer ingenuity and James Patterson for flat-out speed. Swift, sharp, and relentless.” — A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath.
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?
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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“The carefully layered drawing-room psychology of Agatha Christie cross-pollinated with the pure squishy terror of Stephen King . . . . [Taylor Adams] nails his setup and builds some truly distinctive characters.” — Entertainment Weekly
“There’s a cinematic propulsion to No Exit that commands the reader’s attention, and Mr. Adams times his shocks with a sure hand.” — Wall Street Journal
“What a box of tricks! This full-throttle thriller, dark and driving, rivals Agatha Christie for sheer ingenuity and James Patterson for flat-out speed. Swift, sharp, and relentless.”
— A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“No Exit is everything I want in a thriller: ingeniously crafted, unapologetically relentless, and shamelessly suspenseful. The twists go off like a series of expertly planted detonations and the tension never lets up. I was blown away. No Exit is a damn good time.”
— Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman
“No Exit opens with an ingenious, chilling setup and then delivers a wicked ride of psychological tension. Taylor Adams is a master of suspense. I’m already impatient to see what he does next.”
— Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of How It Happened
“[A]n intense, brutal, no-holds-barred thriller dripping with adrenaline; a heart-pounding story of courage and sacrifice featuring a heroine unlike any you’ve ever seen. Don’t start unless you’re prepared to read straight through, because I guarantee you will not be able to stop turning the pages.” — Karen Dionne, author of the international bestseller The Marsh King’s Daughter
“[A]n enthralling tale that features a wonderfully relatable and gutsy heroine. Give it to readers looking for a female-led drama in the mode of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sibling works.” — Booklist
“[A] nail-biting thriller. . . . The action drives to a climactic and emotionally charged ending.” — Publishers Weekly
“This well-written, fast-paced thriller . . . has enough twists to ensure an enjoyable read for even the most seasoned suspense fans.” — Library Journal
“If you love a good twist ending, you’ll love this psychological thriller that’s snapping up comparisons to suspense masters from Agatha Christie and Stephen King.” — Parade
“This gripping thriller with a young, witty female protagonist will keep even the most experienced readers guessing until the end.” — Shelf Awareness
“One of the year’s most unforgettable reads. . . . Adams does for highway rest stops what Stephen King did for shuttered resort hotels, psychotic nurses and clowns under bridges.” — Bookreporter.com
“This nail-biting thriller will have you guessing at each twist of the
surprising and complicated plot as its smart and gutsy protagonist fights to outwit a psychopath, rescue a girl, and make it home alive.” — Mystery Scene
“A tight and rapid fire novel . . . Sit up and read from midnight till dawn. You won’t miss the sleep.” — Florida Times-Union
About the Author
- Publisher : William Morrow (November 26, 2019)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062955268
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062955265
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 0.83 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While trying to not give anything away, I will say this book starts out okay, but be warned, it gets nasty fairly quick. Two of the main characters are pretty disgusting, cringe-worthy individuals to start with. Then there's the heroine of the story who goes to hell and back and back and back again (and you get the gist) to the degree of utter ridiculousness to save the poor child victim in this whole, overly dramatic, gross saga. It just got so unbelievable that I started skipping pages. And the cringe part never let up to the point that I just couldn't wait for it to be over. The ending was just a relief, really. So maybe I didn't vet the book enough or somehow missed the warning somewhere, but this was definitely not the book for me.
The author’s imagination is superb; the twists and surprises just keep coming! The characterizations are fully fleshed out. Darby is so resourceful and tough. I really could not put this book down and this is exactly the type of story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book. This is raw, chilling, terrifying and believable. Even the ending is a surprise! A thoroughly entertaining and engrossing read!
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Well first off this isn’t a mystery and that disappointed me a lot. You find out the mystery right away and the rest is pretty much an action thriller, which I think is important to know before reading cos this was marketed like a mystery and it isn’t. Now I love my action and thriller but I found too much of this completely unbelievable and having a lot of plot holes.
I predicted every single “twist” and oh my god do they just keep coming but somehow they’re very easy to guess? (I say twist lightly cos like I said it’s not a mystery book but does have a lot of predictable turns).
I did read this very quick and the gore was really good but otherwise I find myself struggling to find positives about this book.
Just very meh.
What. A. Book! This reads like a movie, and is really, really enjoyable. I found it really difficult to put this page-turner down.
This book had my stomach in knots. I was completely invested in the characters, the plot, just everything about it. The author successfully made me sad when I was meant to be sad; scared and nervous when I was meant to be scared and nervous. Mad, glad and so on. The point is, this was easy to engage with.
I LOVED the setting of this book, and it undoubtedly contributed to the chilling nature of this story. The snow is falling and piling up, up, up, and the air is bitter cold with a night sky that is as dark as can be, and Darby is stuck in a quaint rest-stop with four strangers, with practically no exit due to the unforgiving nature of the weather. I mean, this setting was always going to pull me in. It’s one of my worst nightmares.
The characters were likeable, devilish and all round effective in connecting with me as a reader. Darby was a hardcore heroine that I couldn’t help but root for all throughout. The big baddie was mediocrely vicious, but it still unnerved me, because you don’t need to be all that clever to be a bad guy capable of horrific violence. I don’t know how many times I could hear Jennifer Love Hewitt from I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, screaming at her bad guy: *shoots gun* “Just *bang!* f****ng *bang!* DIE!”
Overall, I read this within two days and I’m rating it 5 stars; what an awesome and nerve-wracking read this is. Sometimes when you read a book, unlikeable narrators, plot holes or what not can cause issues, but the truth is I didn’t notice any such problems because of how fast paced this book was, and how riled up I was to see how it all finished. I thoroughly loved this, and recommend it without hesitation for all mystery/thriller lovers. Hopefully it won’t leave your nerves in tatters, but if it does, hey, you aren’t alone! I’ll definitely pick up whatever Taylor Adams writes next.
If you haven’t read this yet, I strongly recommend you do. It’s packed with relentless suspense and great twists, so well written and don’t even get me started on the characters. So chilling...
I’m a sucker for thrillers where there’s a bunch of people stuck somewhere where nobody can reach them. And then something bad happens. So good!
And that final chapter was just perfect! I applaud the author! You had me fooled!
Theres a lot of hype surrounding this book and I was worried it wouldn't live up to it but it truly does. It was fantastic. So dark and atmospheric, it had me gripped from start to finish. The plot builds quickly to a dramatic climax. There are some really clever twists in this though I did figure out one. The ending is perfect and finished the book off brilliantly. There are some pretty graphic scenes in this but it didn't bother me. A fantastic dark, creepy thriller. Not to be read before bed.
Darby is an interesting lead with her own issues but she strengthens as the story develops. I liked Jaybird best though. Her strength really made the story.