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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
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by William Morrow (first published January 15th 2018)
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Melissa
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
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Emily May
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 watched on this month) this book definitely beats them up!
From the beginning till the end it makes you sit on the edge( as a result I sat on the floor to finish this), you feel your heart beats faster, you get shocked and surprised with twists, you got s
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Larry H
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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j e w e l s
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bejeweled
FIVE EXCITING STARS

ATTENTION FELLOW TWISTED PLOT LOVERS:
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
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KAS
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.



Dita
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmmm.

Grisly, gruesome, compelling and violent, all of which are plusses in a thriller for me as I tend to like gritty.

There just weren't enough characters in this book to accomplish the author's objectives though.
megs_bookrack
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**4.5-stars rounded up**

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

Although their relationship is strained, she understandably still wants to be there. As she rushes home to Utah, Darby encounters a terrible blizzard in Colorado that makes all roads impassable.



Luckily, she comes across a remote rest stop that seems like a safe space to wait out the storm.

It has to be better than being trapped alone i
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Sumit RK
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Christina - Traveling Sister
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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
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JanB
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
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marilyn
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.
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Brenda -Traveling Sister
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
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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,
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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
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Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
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
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Tulay
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amy Imogene Reads
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Edward Lorn
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Linda Strong
Darby Thorne made a mistake. She started out late to get to her mother's. The falling snow becomes a blizzard and she loses a windshield wiper. She does manage to make it to a rest stop. The good news is that she is off the road. The bad news is she is now stranded overnight ... with no telephone service.

There are only a few cars in the parking lot and she finds people, coffee and cocoa waiting on the inside. People there seem friendly enough .... they are all in the same situation.

Strolling out
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Michelle
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!
Deanna
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases


I listened to “No Exit” in just a few sittings. I enjoyed the story, but there were times that I felt it dragging on a bit. It was also a little too descriptive for me at times. I do think I have a harder time listening to gory or gruesome books. It could be because I can’t skip ahead of a scene as easy as when I’m reading. Overall, I thought this was an interesting read that kept me gripped from start to finish.
Gabby
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
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Lisa
Jan 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
WHAT THE BLOODY HELL WAS THAT!!!!
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
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND.
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Jess☺️
No Exit by Taylor Adams is the first book I've read by this author but I'm definitely looking forward to reading more.
It did start a little slow and had a couple of other slow spots but when it gets going I found it to be a very heart pounding, ' OH COME ON !!! ' with plenty of tension kind of thriller with also sadness added into it.
If reading about a normal young woman trying to find her way home then ends up saving herself and a child whilst facing evil then I highly recommend this book to yo
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Katie
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5/5 stars - 50 pages in, I DESPISED this book. How can I be scared by a villain who is constantly farting? However, I was more engrossed the more I read, and it was an overall decent thriller. I probably won't remember this a year from now, but I needed something fast paced, and this did the trick.
Louise Wilson
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darby Thorne, a college student, has been stranded by a blizzard at a highway rest stop in the middle of nowhere. She was on her way home to visit her sick mother. She will need to spend the night with four strangers. But then she stumbles across a little girl locked inside one of the parked cars. With no phone signal and trapped because of the snow, Darby does not know which one of the strangers is the kidnapper.

Wow. What a terrific read this book turned out to be. I found myself quickly engros
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Jonetta
Darby Thorne is desperate to get home to Utah after receiving an urgent text from her sister about their mother. She’s an art student at UC in Boulder and is fighting a blizzard. When the weather wins the battle, she’s able to make it to a rest stop before losing all visibility and navigation. There are four other stranded travelers and no WiFi service. After Darby ventures out to try and get a signal beyond the building without success, she sees a disturbing sight through the window of one of t ...more
Carol
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

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NZLisaM
DNF at 22%. Slow and boring. Enjoyed the isolated, trapped element, and the setting was described well, but that was about it. There was something off about the tone that irked me. The narration seemed too upbeat considering the protagonist has just found a caged child bound and gagged, hurt and freezing, in the back of a van. The child abducter has been revealed already and I just read a page where the author felt it was necessary to have a character fart multiple times. Juvenile! Maybe it gets ...more
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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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