Friday, January 11, 2019

"No Exit"

Taylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his writing has been featured on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state.

Adams applied the Page 69 Test to his new novel, No Exit, and reported the following:
From page 69:
10:18 P.M.

Darby hadn't seen her father in eleven years, but as a high school graduation gift two years ago, he'd mailed her a multi-tool. The funny part? The drugstore Hallmark card congratulated her for graduating college.

Oops, right?

But as gifts go, it wasn't bad. It was one of those red Swiss Army variants that unfolded in a fan - corkscrew, metal saw, nail file. And of course, a two-inch serrated blade. She'd only used it once, to help open the blister package encasing her roommate's new earbuds, and then she'd forgotten about it for the rest of her college career. She kept it in Blue's glove box.

It was in her back pocket now. Like a prison shiv.

She was seated on the stone coffee counter, her back against the security shutter, her knees tucked up to her chest. From here she could watch the entire room - Ed and Ashley finishing their millionth game of Go Fish, Sandi reading her paperback, and Lars guarding the door in his usual spot.
This little passage actually sums up No Exit quite nicely by touching on all four of the stranded travelers, the rest area, and, in the form of that multi-tool, heroine Darby's troubled relationship with her own family. At this point in the story, she's just witnessed a horrifying wrong and vowed to take action. She's now formulating a plan that will pit her against an unknown psychopath in the room with her, and she's armed with only her wits and the contents of her car. And that very same multi-tool.

It's going to be a long night...
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--Marshal Zeringue