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No Exit

If you get scared easily or may lose sleep over something you read, No Exit by Taylor Adams is maybe not the best read for you. The gist is that Darby, a college girl driving home because her mother is sick, gets stranded at a rest stop in the mountains during a massive snow storm. She quickly discovers that someone she is stranded with has a child locked in their van and she sets out to be a hero. I sometimes give away some spoiler details in my reviews but I feel like this one is worth not sharing.

I will say the whole thing is very unrealistic and implausible but I still could not put it down. Darby has to first figure out whose van the child is in and from there decide what she’s going to do and who she’s going to trust. She makes a LOT of wrong decisions along the way and you may scream at her from time to time.

I liked this book because it was a quick read that didn’t drag on and it really kept my attention. I think I even liked the fact that it was so completely unbelievable. I may never look at rest areas the same – not that they were ever at the top of my list of favorite places…or even places I enjoy. It’s a newer book – released in January this year – but it is worth the hold list waiting period (if you do the library thing). Enjoy!


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Once Taken

So far I am blowing through my reading challenge for the year. I finished 4 books in January but that is not at all typical. A couple of the books were pretty short and I had a long weekend with 12 hour (round trip) road trip to give me lots of extra reading time.

Once Taken by Blake Pierce is the second book in a series with main character Riley Paige. If you like Criminal Minds, you will like this series. Riley Paige works at the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) of the FBI and goes around the country working to catch serial killers. She is also trying to keep her already broken family afloat while dealing with some very heavy and personal cases. I honestly didn’t always like her character – she makes some pretty stupid decisions – but I realized that it actually makes her more believable as a character. Real people make mistakes.

If you’re looking for a good psychological thriller this is a good series. I’m not sure if I’ll read all 14 books in the series (yes…14…) but I’ll at least try a couple more.

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The Woman in Cabin 10

Ruth Ware is a great mystery/thriller writer. She went from a secluded cabin in the first book of hers that I read to the open water of a boutique cruise ship. The Woman in Cabin 10 keeps you on the edge of your seat from the first page.  Lo is the main character and has a personally terrifying experience before leaving on a work trip to review the newest European boutique cruise ship. But her terrifying experiences continue on board. I won’t give anything away, but I highly recommend this book as well as Ruth Ware as an author.

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In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware was the first true suspense/thriller book I’ve read in a while. It was a little slow getting started, but once the action got started it was a great read. Crime writer Nora can’t remember what transpired the night of the incident, but slowly pieces everything together, as she finds herself in the middle of one of her novels. Only this is real life. And not surprisingly, there’s an important backstory that you get bits and pieces of along the way. All leading up to a suspenseful ending.

Add this one your list as Reese Witherspoon is developing the screen adaptation of the book, though no idea how long until it will actually be on screen.

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