Darby Thorne is desperate to get home to Utah after receiving an urgent text from her sister about their mother. She’s an art student at UC in Boulder and is fighting a blizzard. When the weather wins the battle, she’s able to make it to a rest stop before losing all visibility and navigation. There are four other stranded travelers and no WiFi service. After Darby ventures out to try and get a signal beyond the building without success, she sees a disturbing sight through the window of one of the vehicles…the small hand of a child in a cage.
As Darby doesn’t know who owns what cars in the parking lot, she has no idea which of the four in the rest stop is the culprit. It becomes a match of wits, at first, to determine who she can trust and who owns that van with the child. It took a while for the story to develop and I was losing interest. But suddenly it ramped up and then began a series of twists, surprises and dilemmas. There are situations that required me to suspend my belief system but I decided to just roll with it.
What makes this story work is its lack of predictability, even when it felt like it was going down that path. Darby was extremely imperfect, which made her even more engaging. I had no idea how it would all end, whether it would be satisfying or frustrating. It was brutal and cruel at times but consistent with the circumstances. This would make an excellent movie (20th Century Fox bought the rights over a year ago) and I’d go see it on opening day. And, I opted to get the audiobook, which was an excellent decision because the narrator made it even more exciting. But, I was also tempted to buy the eBook so I could skip to the end and put myself out of misery. It was that tension filled because the villain was diabolical.
- Release Date: February 20, 2018
- Narrator: Sarah Naughton
- Audio Length: 9 hours, 44 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio