Book Review: No Exit

Imagine that…

…Your name is Darby Thorne.

You’re a college student, on your way home because your mother, you have just learned, has cancer. Your sister said she is being prepped for surgery.

Last time you saw your mother, you said some things, terrible things, to her. So it is paramount that you get back to apologize and ask for her forgiveness.

You find yourself driving in a blizzard. You don’t have snow tires. 

Your car has a quarter tank of gas left. Your cell phone is about to go out and you forgot to grab your charger as you raced out of your dorm. 

It is almost dark now. You are in the middle of nowhere. But you see a rest stop up ahead. You know that you have no choice but to stop and wait out the storm till the snow plows can get there.

You notice that there are several other cars in the parking lot as you pull in. 

As you walk toward the lit building through the falling snow, something odd catches your eye. 

It is a van, a commercial van for a business, and there is an odd movement in the back of it.

You instinctively walk toward the movement. And you see something that changes everything.

It is a little girl. Drawing closer, you see that she is holding onto something. Like bars. And then you realize it is some sort of cage. A dog cage?

Why on earth is a little girl locked in a cage in the back of a van in the middle of a blizzard?

If you like non-stop action, this book is it. It will make your heart race and you won’t be able to stop reading one suspenseful page after another. 

What started as a family emergency has just become something else for Darby Thorne. There are four complete strangers inside the rundown rest stop, waiting out the storm. 

And one of them, you now know, has kidnapped a child.

But which one? 

You are stranded. The snow plows are stuck and won’t get there till morning. You have no cell phone reception. There are no working phones inside. 
You know you will have to spend the night with these strangers. Mere hours  But they may be the most important hours of your life. 

If you come out alive.

What would you do if you were Darby Thorne? Would you wait out the storm and try to get help?

Would you confront those inside? Would you try to save the child?

Remember that this decision may be the most important one that you will ever make.




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  1. Well, if I were in that situation I would go get in my car and drive it down the road aways. Then I would stop and get out and sneak back to the van and see if I could release the little girl and take her to my car and drive, unable to see much, because of the storm, I would just keep driving to get as far away as possible with her. But, then the police would learn about the child's abduction and eventually find me with her and arrest me and send me to trial for kidnapping and then to jail. Drat! That didn't work! How come none of the other folks had working cell phones? If they did, then I would call my sister and tell her to call the police and give them my location and they would come and release the child and arrest all of us. Oops, that's not so good, either!

    Geez, I might have to read this darn, scary, nerve-wracking book just to see what the guy actually does! And you know, Brenda, how I hate these scary stories!

  2. I am with Vikki! I would never read this book. I, too get caught up in the fear and hopelessness of a situation like this. I also do not watch murder plots or movies on TV or in theaters-I just think, "Why should I scare myself to death and then have nightmares at night?" I am a sensitive soul just looking for happy tales and stories to make me smile.

  3. what I would do is….never read this book! (ha) I could never stand all the suspense and fear–I get into the plot way too much.

  4. Sounds like a page turner that will keep me up all night…can't wait to read it! I have one that I couldn't put down until I finished it at 5AM. It might not appeal to you…I didn't think I would care for it, however it was fascinating. The Radium Girls tells the true story of young women in the early 1900's who work in a "studio" (as opposed to Factory) painting luminous dials on watch faces and instrument dials with paint that has radium mixed in it. The pay and the working conditions are above average and they enjoy the added glamour of the glow that covers then, head to toe, in the luminosity. Fast forward several years and they start falling ill with the same mysterious symptoms. I downloaded this to my iPad from Kindle for $3 through Amazon. I highly recommend it!

  5. oh my this sounds like a book I would definitely read, must look for it. Thks for this Brenda. Have you read any James Patterson? Some I like very much and others eh not so much.

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