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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  109,914 ratings  ·  15,076 reviews
A 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 t
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published June 25th 2017 by Joffe Books
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Emily May
No Exit was a deeply infuriating book.

I love the premise. Darby Thorne is caught in the middle of a blizzard in the Colorado mountains, forced to take shelter at a rest stop with four other people, with no cell reception or any way out until the storm is over. She goes outside in a failed attempt to get a signal and happens to glance in the back of a parked van. And there she sees the hand of a young girl reaching through the bars of a cage. Why is a child locked in the back of a van? Why is she
Action-packed. Edgy. Tense. Riveting.

If ever there was a book to inspire cinematic vibes, it’s this one. A plot thrilling enough to conjure up those things that often accompany a notable suspense flick—I’m talking perching rigidly on the edge of my seat, I won’t dare look away, as I mindlessly shovel handfuls of popcorn from bucket to mouth. A tense storyline, wintery terrain, and questionable characters collide in a way that makes NO EXIT impossible to put down. Ripe pickings for the big screen
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**4.5-stars rounded up**

Darby Thorne has just received terrible news.

Her mother is dying of cancer, and according to Darby's sister, she doesn't have much time left.

Although previously their relationship has been strained, Darby understandably wants to be with her Mom in the final hours.

As she rushes home to Utah, she encounters a terrible blizzard in Colorado which makes all roads impassable.

Luckily, she happens upon a remote rest stop at just the right time.

Given the hazardous conditions,
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! When I scrolled down the Hulu menu, I found the movie adaptation of this FREAKING FANTASTIC book! I’m hundred percent sure the book might be better as always but I’m still excited to give it a try even though 53 meta score is a little disappointing!

I’m speechless, nailless ( I bit them all), claustrophobic five snowing stars!!!!
I just came home from watching new version of Pet Sematary! But if I have to compare what I finish to read now with the movie ( or all the other thriller movies I
This shit was intense. This is a thriller/horror novel about a child abduction that takes place in the middle of a blizzard in Colorado. Our main character Darby gets stuck at a rest stop in Colorado on the way to visit her family, and she meets four strangers at a rest stop, and in the parking lot she sees a child locked in a cage with duct tape over her mouth in the back of a van. So immediately we are trying to figure out who's van that is and Darby contemplate who she can trust.

I felt like
Larry H
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Somewhere between 4 and 4.5 stars.

Warning: don't read Taylor Adams' No Exit before bed.

While there are some creepy parts (and some gruesome ones), those aren't the reasons I'm warning you. It's quite simple, actually: if you start reading this book, there's no way you're going to want to put it down. You're going to want to stay up until you finish the book, and then once you're done, you'll probably have a little excess adrenaline that will keep you awake longer.

Trust me, I was severely ove
Sumit RK
A Non-Stop Thrill Ride ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sometimes god puts people exactly where they need to be. Even when they don’t know it.

Reading NO EXIT feels like a roller coaster ride. It starts slowly, but after you are the past the first obvious twist, you never know how it’s going to twist and turn and there is no exit till the end. No Exit has everything a great thriller needs: a ingenious setup, some edgy characters and some brilliant storytelling, building tension right till the end. The twists and turns
i have seen nothing but rave reviews for this, so im sad that i didnt enjoy it as much as everyone else.

and i think its just because i prefer more mystery when it comes to my thrillers. right from the beginning, the reader is made aware of who kidnapped the girl, so the story becomes more about escaping and survival, rather than figuring out who the bad guy is. the book as a whole definitely gives off slasher film vibes. not exactly my kind of thing, personally, and i actually found the villain
j e w e l s
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bejeweled

Run to the bookstore, library or Audible when this little gem is released on JULY 1, 2017. NO EXIT by Taylor Adams is your magic carpet ride out of a sweltering summer and into a snowy hell.

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

Darby Thorne is a college student stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She’s on the way home to see her sick mother. She’ll have
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

One thing is for sure, I was never bored!

This was one of those listens that I hung on every word spoken, not wanting to miss a clue, and in anticipation for the next shoe to drop.

This thriller features five main characters all stuck inside a rest stop for hours due to a blizzard. A despicable act is discovered, mayhem ensues, and no one can be trusted.

I found this to be a very fast-paced thriller with twists I never saw coming.

Great job, Mr. Adams! My first read and looking forward to more.

Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Holy flipping book hangover! I made the mistake of cracking this book open at 1am last night, just to read a couple of pages. I ended up reading this until 4am and then finishing it up this morning. Wow! Just wow! It was totally worth being strung out on coffee all day!

I know I am late to the party with this one, but I initially was hesitant to read it. I kept wondering just how good can a book be that takes place all at a rest stop? Ummm well I could not be more wrong. It was a off the charts,
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read
3.5, what an unexpected thrill stars!!

Full review featured on my blog Recipe & a Read!

Darby Thorne is an average college student attending CU in Boulder, Colorado when she receives devastating news that her estranged mother has end stage pancreatic cancer and is undergoing life threatening surgery in a matter of hours. As Darby hastily packs up her car and attempts to beat a serious winter storm to make it to Utah in time to not just see her mother, but apologize to her for their estrangement s
I was on pins and needles the entire time I read this book. College student, Darby, leaves school to drive to see her dying mother in Utah. Darby's car in ill suited for the long drive, a blizzard is brewing, she has forgotten her phone charger, and the roads become impassable. Darby pulls into a remote rest side stop and must wait out the storm with four strangers.

Trying to get a signal on her phone, Darby walks by a vehicle in the parking lot and sees a little girl locked inside a dog crate.
Dr. Appu Sasidharan

I read this novel just because of its plot. I really loved it when I read the blurb.

Darby Thorne is stuck in a blizzard in the Colorado mountains with no cell phone signal, a very low cell phone battery, and no charger. She was going home to meet her mother, who is dying of cancer. She meets four strangers at a highway rest stop. In a desperate attempt to call home, she goes out near the car to get the cell phone reception. She accidentally discovers a nine-year-old girl locked in an animal
Darby, a young, ill-prepared college student, is on her way home to visit her dying mother. She gets caught in a blizzard and is forced to stop for the night at a rest stop, along with four other strangers, when she discovers a young girl in a crate in the back of a van. One of them is a kidnapper who has a young girl locked in a van. But which one and why? The roads are closed, there’s no cell phone service, and no one is around for miles.

What’s not to like? Unfortunately, after a terrific sta
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
We read No Exit by Taylor Adams in our Traveling Friends Goodreads Group and this one left us very excited after reading it! We highly recommend not missing this exciting and entertaining thriller!

Colorado blizzard, stranded travelers, an isolated rest stop, a kidnapped child, a cat and mouse game between a young woman and a terrifying psychopath

No Exit is one of my favorite type of thriller. A thrilling fast-past, climatic, heart-pounding game of cat and mouse between two strong and very diffe
Why I chose to read this book:
1. a clerk at a local bookstore highly recommended it; and,
2. October 2022 is my "Mysterious Month"!

1. it has an interesting premise;
2. it has an action-packed plot that immediately hits the floor running; and,
3. it's a definite page-turner!

1. although the plot was exciting, I questioned several scenarios:
- no one seems physically-affected by the blizzard conditions when they ventured outdoors, yet they're wearing clothing inappropriate for the harsh
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars.

Great Start....Much Potential.

Colorado Rockies. An imperative road trip home, quickly developing blizzard conditions, freezing temperatures, and no cell reception leaves Darby stranded at a remote rest stop with four strangers....and an alarming discovery.

Didn't feel it.... the cold (at all) or intensity of an extremely dangerous situation for the young college student....nor for 9 year old Jay locked in the animal cage. (no spoiler here) There were just too many unbelievable, fool

Edward Lorn
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wow, what a massive disappointment. Everything started well enough. Great characters. Interesting premise. Then I predicted the first twist...and the second...and the third...and I'm done. Not wasting another minute on this when it feels like I've read it all before. The author needs a lesson on how to hide the obvious. Such a shame that these well-developed characters are trapped in this predictable book that takes a simple concept and draws it out until the plot becomes paper-thin, boring, and ...more
Holly  B
What I would describe as a complete waste of reading time. I had seem some reviews in 2018 and thought the cover was intriguing so I purchased a copy. I just got around to reading it this month.

The premise was ridiculous, the story outrageous and totally unbelievable. Silly comments and graphic scenes that were just gratuitous.

Total frustration with these characters and lack of any cohesiveness. Repetitive, non-stop eye rolling and should have been a DNF. It was like a low budget, B rated horro
Jan 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Unfortunately I DNF at 30% the plot was ridiculous Darby was an irritating character & if you were stuck in a blizzard WHY WOULDNT YOU HAVE A PLAN B?? For heavens sake Miss Taylor get the plot right UGhhh This was one forgettable book
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
4.5 Stars Rounded up!

Grieving isn’t what I expected. You don’t see your loved one’s face wherever you go, haunting you on billboards and strangers. That’s a cliché. The reality is simpler, less melodramatic, and far worse. You just start to forget.

I want to start by saying I don't think I've ever disliked a character in a book more than Ashley Garver. He grins my gears and then some. But a sign of a good book is when an author makes you have an emotional reaction, right? At least for me that
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Had potential.

This book is for those like to read Robin Cook books. Scary, vicious and bloody nightmarish story. Can't believe any body traveling in that weather and those states, without any preparations. Got tired of repeated sayings and foul language. Don't recommend this book.
Catherine (alternativelytitledbooks)
If there was ever a time I'm glad I'm not currently driving through the perils of winter in my hometown of Buffalo, it's now!

No Exit begins with college student Darby on her way to visit her mother who is struggling to stay alive at a hospital in Darby's home state. Unfortunately, this news has come at a terrible time: it's Christmas Eve, and the blizzard of the century is beating down on Darby in her tiny car. With her phone battery waning and the conditions becoming continuously more treachero
Feb 20, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Predictable. Not bad, just predictable.
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
2 stars.

On her way to visit her dying mother, Darby gets stranded at a remote highway rest stop. A blizzard has shut down the roads leaving Darby and four strangers stuck together to wait it out. Darby has no cell service and discovers secrets about these strangers that make her question everything.

Did I read the same book everyone else did? A big disappointment for me after having looked forward to this one for years. I knew within three pages that this wasn’t going to be a good fit (should hav
Larissa Cambusano
Mar 25, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️ what the fuck.
Whoa! Edgy, chilling & engrossing stuff here!

NO EXIT by TAYLOR ADAMS is a highly entertaining, riveting and action-packed thrill ride that was quite the tense psychological thriller. The storyline and the chilling setting of this tale immediately drew me in and held taut right to the very end. I found that the storyline was so darn nightmarishly exciting that literally had my heart racing and kept me on the edge of my seat making this one totally immersive read.

TAYLOR ADAMS delivers a rapid-pa
Amy Imogene Reads
No Exit doesn't just promise to be an entertaining thriller—it delivers. This is one of my favorite thrillers of 2019.

Concept: ★★★★★
Antagonist/s: ★★★★★ + every star
Pacing: ★★★★★

Taylor Adams has brought us a true gem in this pulse-pounding, gritty, and realistic thriller with a one-of-a-kind unique setting. 5 strangers. 1 snowstorm. 1 isolated highway rest stop. 1 kidnapped child. What would you do?

No Exit introduces Darby, a college student on the stressful overnight drive in the midst of a snow
Welp, I'm thanking my lucky stars that this is a library book. The writing seemed very juvenile (kidnapper loves farting..haha...so funny...Blech!) and the story itself is completely unbelievable. I decided to read a spoiler review and I'm glad I did because I'd have been pissed at the end of this one. DNF - 23% - will not be included in my 2019 reading challenge.

"I’ve already killed Beavis. Only Butt-Head left."

HAHAHAHA! That is one terrible quote!
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Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his writing has been featured on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for sever ...more

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