No Exit by Taylor Adams: A Book Review

Imagine you’re trying to get through the Rocky Mountains at night, in a blinding snow storm, to your mother, who will likely die of cancer soon.  Unable to go on, you pull off at a rest stop and wait for the snow plows or the storm to end so you can continue.  While walking around the parking lot, you glimpse a small hand in the back window of a van.  You look closer and discover that there is a young girl in the van, with tape around her mouth, locked in a dog kennel.

When you go into the rest area, you find four people–a good looking, affable college student, a unattractive, mouth breathing young man, and an older man and woman.  Which one has a child locked in their vehicle?  How can you save the young girl?

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Such is the premise of Taylor Adam’s book, No Exit.

I love the idea of this story, and at first, it was suspenseful and a psychological thriller, and I enjoyed it immensely.  But then, it went all sorts of wrong.  There were too many situations that I found completely implausible.  After awhile, I couldn’t believe that Darby, the college student who finds the young girl, and the kidnapper could even keep fighting one another.

I should also add that the book is gory.  Instead of so much fighting and gore, I would have liked to have seen more psychological drama.

This would have been an excellent book if, instead of being 333 pages long, it was 233 pages long.  I would have appreciated if many of the unbelievable scenes that happened in the last half of the book would have simply disappeared.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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