Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside, are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.
Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.
Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?
There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?
Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.
But who can she trust?
I picked this book up at the insistence of a coworker, who claimed to have read it in its entirety within a 24-hour period. My current reading situation included a lot of historical fiction, so I decided to listen to her advice; I was in the mood for a little break and palate cleanser. I started it after supper on a Saturday night and finished it over lunch the next afternoon. Ho. Ly. Crap.
The hype is real, my friends. Adams has crafted an intense, fast-paced, nutso 12-hour storyline that literally had my reading on the edge of my seat. I don’t know how to talk about this book without spoiling it, so I’ll give you a handful bullet points.
- Using such a tight timeframe, 12 hours from start to finish, was a brilliant way to jack up the intensity of this story. There is no way this would’ve been as exciting had it spread out over days or weeks.
- Darby is fierce, and smart, but also flawed and human, and I loved her as the main character. She is everything I’d hope to be in her situation.
- Sociopaths make such perfect I-love-to-hate-them characters. And I really hated these people.
- This is totally one of my worst nightmares.
That’s it. That’s all I’m going to say. This book blew me away and rocked my world (and all the other excessive phrases). Now go read it and be blown away yourself.
Book stats: Hardcover, 352 pages, William Morrow, January 15, 2019