Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review: No Exit by Taylor Adams

Taylor Adams has just released a thriller that promises to be a wild ride and Kerry Hammond is here today with her review.

No Exit by Taylor Adams was published on January 15, in Hardcover by William Morrow. It’s the author’s third thriller and I couldn’t wait to dive in.

In the book, Darby Thorne has just learned that her mother is sick and the young girl is on her way to visit her in Utah. It’s December 23rd and she’s headed through the Colorado Rockies in a blizzard. When the roads become too treacherous, she pulls into a rest stop where four other travelers are taking refuge from the storm. Trying to get a cell signal to check on her Mom, Darby passes a van in the parking lot and looks into the rear window. Inside the van is a cage, and inside the cage is a young girl. What follows this discovery is Darby’s battle to discover the identity of the kidnapper and to save the child at all costs.

You hear people throw out words like pulse pounding and heart racing. You usually assume that they’re exaggerating, maybe embellishing a bit for effect. I am not exaggerating when I say that No Exit was one of the fastest paced, nail biters of a book that I’ve ever read. Adams throws his characters into a remote location under difficult conditions, then pins them against a ruthless adversary.  He ratchets up the pace and then adds a few twists to throw you off your guard. The good thing is that the author doesn’t sacrifice his characters for the sake of the tension. They are well-built and full of depth, which only serves to increase what is at stake. Some are innocent, some are flawed, and others are pure evil.

The book is not for the squeamish, there are some scenes that will make you wince. But it’s a fast-paced read that leaves you glad to turn the last page—because you realize you’ve been holding your breath.

This book was provided to Mystery Playground by the publisher. The review was fair and completely independent.

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