Welcome to today’s Book Nerd review of No Exit by Taylor Adams. I was first drawn to this book when I read the description that HarperCollins Canada provided through my Facebook newsfeed. The description caught my attention almost instantly: “A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do? We can’t think of a better book to cozy up with in the middle of winter. No Exit by Taylor Adams is a brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman.” How could you just scroll past that? Especially when the words “kidnapped child, edgy, no help for miles” and “thriller” are in the mix. I follow many authors and publishing companies on Facebook, and I am so glad I do because if I didn’t I would have never found this extremely thrilling book.
No Exit is one of those books where you can’t wait to find out what happens next, and I’m really not kidding. I recommended this book to a friend; she texted me in the middle of the night asking me to tell her what happens next in a specific scene, because, and I quote, “God, this is the creepiest book ever! My nerves literally can’t handle this. Just wow! This book is so good, but so creepy.” I was very amused by her reaction, especially because I felt the exact same way! This book is definitely very creepy, intense and nerve wracking, but honestly so interesting and exciting. As the HarperCollins Canada description mentions above it is indeed about a determined young woman and four strangers forced together because of nasty weather, and a terrifying secret which I’m sure you can figure out by now, but don’t worry, that is not even a spoiler. There are so many nail biting situations you find the characters in that all you want to do is be absorbed into the book and help them solve the mystery.
I really enjoyed reading this book, creepiness aside. Yet again that creepy aspect is a large part of what makes the book so good. While I was reading No Exit I so badly wanted to be the main character helping and solving the mystery of the kidnapped child, that was how involved I became with this book. I, like my friend, stayed up late into the night reading page after page, desperate to find out what happened, and I’m sure you will be the exact same if and when you read this book! Believe me, it is a truly unique story that makes you think about what you would do in that situation, and makes you feel like you are right there with the characters, isolated and alone, with no help. It is another one of those books that makes you think about how the author came up with such an intense, creepy, thrilling story. I strongly recommend reading No Exit. Trust me, if you don’t, you are truly missing out!