William Morrow | January 2019 | 352 pgs
Before you pick up this book, please make sure you've nothing important on your schedule because trust me, you wouldn't be able to tear yourself away from this once you started reading it.
The story opens with our protagonist, Darby Thorne, bracing the blizzard in the Colorado Rockies on her way to seeing her dying mother. With the roads impassable and her cellphone battery low, she is forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Although there is no cellphone reception, but at least there are a few vending machines and a coffee maker. On top of these, she’s not alone and there are four people there who are stranded like her.
Darby gets to know a little of these four strangers after a brief introduction. Desperate to find a reception to contact her family, she decides to head out of the rest stop to try her luck and on her way back she discovers something horrific. In the back of the van parked next to her car is a little girl locked in what looked like a dog cage. During that terrifying moment after her discovery, Darby knew that one of those four strangers is a kidnapper and that she has to save the girl at all costs.
No Exit is a fast paced and an adrenaline-driven kind of story which will make your heart race as the pages fly by. Reading this book feels like having a cinematic experience because you could almost visualise the situations and the portrayal of the characters' characteristic as well as their emotions through the author's descriptive writing. What also makes this a compelling read is the events happen and unfold in a span of one evening and that kind of anticipation can be nerve-racking. I can't say I've a favourite character here, but Darby is one heck of a heroine. She is no superwoman, but her fighting spirit and her sense of justice and survival earned much respect from this reader. This is a story about the good versus the evil; and the psychotic mind games between the hunter and the hunted. I can't wait for this author's next release already.
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