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 originally saw this book on the Book of the Month site, and I thought about choosing it and ultimately changed my mind. As soon as I ordered my box with a different book in it I had instant regret. I’ve seen reviews and a lot of people have been really enjoying this book so I figured I better pick up a copy, and that’s exactly what I did.
The main character of this story is Darby, she’s had a rough go at life, and she’s kind of been dealt the short straw. Her and her mother don’t really get along all that well. In fact she left for college without even saying goodbye to her. She’s on her way back home for her mother’s emergency surgery when she gets trapped on a mountain at a rest stop during a blizzard. Doesn’t this just spell disaster?
Enter the four other people stuck at the rest stop with her. Ashley the attractive jock college student, Lars a peculiar young adult, Sandi a middle aged woman and her alcoholic cousin Ed.
From the moment Darby arrives at the rest stop which is like 20 pgs into the book until the very last page the shit hits the fan. This is a non-stop roller coaster ride of emotions and action. I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. I recommend this to anyone who likes thrillers and suspense novels.
You won’t be able to put this book down and it will leave you turning pages deep into the night.