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POSSIBLE SPOILERS. As I said in my quick review for this book, I was not expecting it to be as gruesome as it was. I was shocked by how graphic some of the scenes were. In most cases I like thrilling/scary books but for some reason this one left a bad taste in my mouth... Maybe I was expecting more of a Agatha Christie type feel but it was not like that at all. I love whodunit type books and this was definitely categorized and advertised wrong. I think it should be placed in more of a horror genre versus thriller/whodunit. The book reveals the kidnapper right away and the other characters involvement was predictable especially since it all unraveled so quickly. I know that I am in the minority here!! I really wanted to love this book but it was just a little too much for me, especially since I did not expect the goriness at all.
I liked this book, however I felt like it was not as suspenseful as I would have liked. It seemed to drag in places. All the things that the heroine went through just did not seem physically possible for her to go through and still keep going and survive.
SPOILERS I was slightly disappointed with this book. I liked it, but I, like many others it appears, thought it was going to be a "whodunit" kind of book. So I was disappointed that we found out so soon who was involved. I was also really disappointed that Jay was the one that ended up killing Ashley. I think after everything she had been through, at 9 years old, that should not have been on her. I think after everything Darby went through, she should've been "awarded" that.
I was also really confused with the end of the book. I definitely was under the impression that Darby had died and Jay and her family had gone to visit her grave. It wasn't until Jay asked her about her relationship with her mother that I realized she still survived. And then I had to go back and read the epilogue again to make sure I was understanding it right.
I think this book could have been amazing, but the author just didn't take it in a very good direction.
This is one of the best books I have read in a while! I think I am one of the few who loved all the characters even Ashley because it just added so much to the story. I love how fast paced it was because it kept you guessing and kept the excitement up. It was definitely my impression that Darby lived which I was thrilled about and the cops caught Kenny as he was writing that e-mail. I am definitely still confused about sandi and would have liked more of a backstory like how did she know Ashley and Lars?
I really wanted to like this book, but at the end of the day I felt like it was trying to do way too many things and none of them very well. It seemed almost like the author ran out of plot early and thought "What if I do this?" and came up with a very convoluted plot with too many gaps and not enough (any) characters worth caring about. Other than hoping the little girl survived, I wasn't really rooting for anyone.
I just don't know how to feel about this book...
The non-stop action was INSANE! I just didn't stop. There were so many times when I thought "Oh this is it" and nope. It kept going.
Also, I am SO confused. Is Darby dead or not? I don't think she is. I think she survived. I have no idea how but then again, this book is insane and it was all pretty far fetched.
I recommend reading this book. It is VERY entertaining and could 100% be turned into a movie. I just don't know if I would call it a good book though.
This was a pretty fun, fast read. I can see it as a movie, and I enjoyed the battle of wills. The setup is really interesting and I've been wondering on and off what I'd do in that exact setup. Some of Darby's choices are dumb, but I don't know what I would do. I'd be curious to hear what other people think.
I would've preferred if there was more of a section where the reader is tense trying to figure out which person(s) own the van. Darby is quick to jump to a conclusion and (while she is correct) it forces the action very quickly, and then we just get a lot of people running around in the snow. I mean, she escapes through that bathroom window 3 times. We also skip over the dialogue where she confirms the van owner, she summarizes it afterward.
The villain was a lot of fun though, I particularly liked the slasher movie fakeout endings, but I can see how that would irritate some people. Also SPOILERS I realize gritty drama and all but I don't care how much revenge she's getting, I'm disappointed that the child killed him. That kid has been through so much, and the fact that she took a life, even to defend another is pretty fucked and really is the main thing that sat poorly with me.
Ultimately, I was invested in the characters, and was reading to make sure it turned out alright. I had fun reading it, and think it's good qualities outrank the bad.
While this book definitely kept me flipping the pages, I found the dialogue to be unnecessary and written like a book for a very young reader.. Book should have just been written from Darby’s perspective. Not a whole lot of depth here but a quick and entertaining read.
I didn’t hate this book I wanted to finish it, but I agree with a lot of the other reviews regarding the plot holes.
First off, the whole time I kept thinking there is no way a bratty college aged girl would get THAT involved or be that clever when it comes to having that many people… against her. It was almost cringe worthy.
I disliked that the book was written in mostly Darby’s perspective then would all of a sudden be someone else’s. Had the book done that the entire time then fair but it seemed random.
What exactly was Sandi’s involvement? I get it she wanted the money and scouted the girl, but for a woman’s shelter? Huh????
As other readers stated, there was no surprise element. None. Darby knew who was responsible from the beginning and then it just sort of unraveled. I would have found it way more entertaining if Ashley had played along for much longer, not immediately given himself up.
I felt this book had so much potential but was a let down. The violence also escalated quickly and I had a hard time believing that Darby would have gone through all of that and a. survived and b. KEPT GOING. Also I felt her backstory with her mother was almost pointless.
I liked it was a quick read and could hold my attention, but there were zero surprises and the end was too tidy.
SPOILERS I felt like there were some unanswered questions-- why would Sandi kidnap a girl if she only wanted money to give to womens groups? Jay is a woman.. And I wish there was a little more of an ending, it felt really rushed. I would have liked to hear more about wrapping up the investigation, Darby's reunion with her sister, arresting the Uncle... what was that email from him about anyways? It didn't really tie in, it was evidence but why did we need evidence if we don't even know what happened to him? I stayed up all night reading this book, it was definitely entertaining, but I still don't know how I feel about it.
It was fast paced enough for me to keep reading it but it was nothing like it was described. I thought that there was going to be a "whodunit" mystery element and spoilers Darby figures out who did it immediately and I thought that it was going to be a red herring or something but then it was him and I was like "what?" and then all of the other "twists" werent as shocking as I think that they were inteded to be and by the last person being revealed to have been in on it I wasn't even surprsied.
I just finished No Exit. I haven’t read a book so fast like this in quite a while. I was satisfied with it although I kept thinking there would be another twist involving Darby and maybe she wasn’t actually good. That maybe she actually was Ashley’s girlfriend in on the plot and wasn’t lucid due to multiple personalities. However, I was happy with the ending though - that she lived! She was doing one of her grave sketches on her mom’s headstone with Jay and Jay’s parents with her.
One thing that stumped me was the email draft from fat Kenny to Ashley. Who was at the door? Was it the police? And why did Sandi pepper spray Darby when Sandi was clearly upset about how the brothers had treated Jay. That part annoyed me!
I really enjoyed this novel by Taylor Adams! You couldn't help but root for Darby Thorne in this novel. The action was so fast paced it was really hard to put down. As much as I loved and rooted for Darby, Taylor made sure you thought the opposite of his antagonist Ashley. Towards the end you kind of did get like "Come On!" but i kind of love that aspect of thinking will this never end! Can't wait to check out more of Adams work!
I did not think I was going to enjoy this book because of how quickly Darby finds everything out in the beginning about who the kidnapper is, and I was worried that the storyline would fall flat because of how rapidly the first 100 pages go. But, I liked how the author added in different perspectives, and I was hooked until the end. What I got from the end was that Darby survives and Jay is visiting her in her hometown. I couldn't put it down once I started it!
I loved Darby's character. The author did a great job at making you root for her to keep persevering! It was easy to distinguish between heroes and villains and how your opinion towards them should be. There were definitely twists and turns that kept me on my toes. I read this book so quickly.. because I always wanted to see what happened next! The end kind of confused me though when they were in the cemetery.. Did Darby survive or was Jay just talking to her grave?
The good news is that I really enjoyed this book. It was a complete page turner; I finished it within 6 hours. I loved Darby, I thought the setting was cool and original, and in general I just find books with sociopaths very interesting. However, I agree with others that the marketing needs work. This was presented as a thriller/mystery but it's more of a "final-girl-horror-movie" type scenario: violent, intense, and dark. Like a Criminal Minds episode. There wasn't much in the way of twists - the bad guys are obvious right off the bat. I liked it a lot but it's not what it proclaimed to be.
Anyone else bothered by the misleading "Good-to-know" info on the website?! One of the reasons I picked this book is because it was marked as a "whodunit". This book, while enjoyable to a certain extent, couldn't be further away from a whodunit. Yes, there's an investigation, some twists and turns, but by no means you are left wondering who's behind it. In fact, that's actually revealed quite early on. It's definitely action packed and movie-ish, those descriptions were accurate. Also, I would suggest replacing "scary" for "gruesome" or "gory". I think because that information was a bit misleading, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I would have otherwise. Heck, I probably wouldn't have picked it.
This book was really engaging, fast read. I was pretty much immediately sucked in and couldn't put it down. And I love reading thrillers... but this one was a little too much for me. Did anyone else have a hard time reading about Sandi's murder? The whole thing was violent but that part seemed extra gruesome to me to the point where I felt kind of sick after reading it. I'm a little torn because of it. I finished it and was totally sucked in, but still think it was a little too gorey of a read for my taste.
I mean, I didn't hate no exit. It was definitely a page turner. It was just kinda disappointing. I thought that it was going to have more of a mystery element. Darby knew who the kidnapper was within the first 70 or so pages and the twists just sorta fell flat. I really liked the concept and it could have been done really well but I felt like this author just kinda put action in the place of actual substance and plot/character development.
I had high expectations based off of the book club description. It was a fast, tense, page turner for sure. I read it in one day. However; I could have done without the fart dialogue, animal cruelty and contradictory statements. It was a good read, but not as exceptional as I was hoping for!