Review | Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

In the faux-documentary style of The Blair Witch Project comes the campfire story of a missing girl, a vengeful ghost, and the girl who is determined to find her sister–at all costs.

Once a year, the path appears in the forest and Lucy Gallows beckons. Who is brave enough to find her–and who won’t make it out of the woods?

It’s been exactly one year since Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared, and high school life has far from settled back to normal. With her sister gone, Sara doesn’t know whether her former friends no longer like her…or are scared of her, and the days of eating alone at lunch have started to blend together. When a mysterious text message invites Sara and her estranged friends to “play the game” and find local ghost legend Lucy Gallows, Sara is sure this is the only way to find Becca–before she’s lost forever. And even though she’s hardly spoken with them for a year, Sara finds herself deep in the darkness of the forest, her friends–and their cameras–following her down the path. Together, they will have to draw on all of their strengths to survive. The road is rarely forgiving, and no one will be the same on the other side.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I had heard that this book was dark and twisty as well as being told in a mixed media format – which was a huge draw for me – but I didn’t know just how much I would enjoy it. If you’re looking for a spooky book with tons of touches of mythology, urban legend-esque stories, paranormal creatures and dark situations, then make sure you check this one out. This story is so well crafted in it’s writing and structure so that the elements of the story and the twists slowly reveal themselves piece by piece. There are many points where even the reader is left wondering what is truth and what is not and it made it so some twists were hard to predict. It was a hard book to put down once I got about a third of the way in since there was so much happening.

Happy reading!

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