Featured Review: Rules For Vanishing (Kate Alice Marshall)
About This Book:
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.
*Review Contributed By Olivia Farr Staff Reviewer*
RULES FOR VANISHING is a deliciously haunting YA horror perfect for Halloween. Told through collected documents, interviews, and texts, this book is creepy and completely engaging. Sara's sister, Becca, disappeared a year ago, leaving her a notebook that would take her to the road and following the steps of Lucy Gallows.
According to local legends, Lucy Gallows was a young girl who ran away from a wedding and got lost in the woods. Every now and then, people see her ghost. When a text goes out to the whole high school inviting them to play the game, Sara knows that this is her chance to find her sister- if she can only follow the rules of the game.
Embarking on the supernatural and horrific quest along the road, Sara and her former friends who had drifted apart after Becca's disappearance will fight for survival- but only some of them will make it out alive.
What I loved: The format of the book is really unique and engaging. The different documents and transcripts really add quite a lot to the thrilleresque feel. I was completely absorbed in this world, very quickly.
The world building is fantastic and terrifying- this is definitely a horror novel, and it's deliciously creepy. Without saying too much and giving things away, this is really perfect for Halloween with scary, paranormal elements and many spooky things along the way. I also loved all the twists at the end, which bring the whole story together.
Final verdict: This is an absolutely chillingly creepy YA thriller/horror that I recommend for anyone looking for a Halloween read. With all sorts of paranormal/supernatural elements, great world-building, and a unique format, this book pulls the reader in right from the start. Highly recommend for fans of SADIE and/or HERE THERE ARE MONSTERS.
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