Book Review: Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

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Do you want to play the game?

Once a year, a road appears in the woods at midnight and the ghost of Lucy Gallows beckons, inviting those who are brave enough to play her game. If you win, you escape with your life. But if you lose…

It’s almost a year since Becca went missing. Everyone else has given up searching for her, but her sister, Sara, knows she disappeared while looking for Lucy Gallows. Determined to find her, Sara and her closest friends enter the woods. But something more sinister than ghosts lurks on the road, and not everyone will survive.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Rules for Vanishing exceeded my expectations.

This book was mysterious, intense, creepy and haunting and I loved every second of it.

Written in a faux-documentary format in the vein of the Blair Witch Project, we are introduced to the story of Lucy Callows aka Lucy Gallows whose disappearance dates back to the 1950s from the small town of Briar Glen, Massachusetts.

Rules for Vanishing is a book comprised of a compilation of interviews, excerpts of ghost stories and the written testimony of Sara Donoghue – who embarks on this journey with her friends to find her sister, Becca a year after her disappearance on the Massachusetts Ghost Road. 

Throughout the novel, we are brought into the haunting story of Briar Glen and the historical significance of the Ghost Road and Lucy Gallows. The main themes in this novel are ghost adventures, family and sibling relationships as well as a unique cast of characters who are well-represented.

Sara’s journey on the ghost road is no easy one and I was completely shocked and stunned at what happened during her journey into the Game. I found the story of Lucy Gallows gripping, and the characters to be brave individuals who are thrust into the strange world of the Ghost Road and overcome their differences to work together.

The synopsis does not do this book justice and I was eager to read what was next in Rules for Vanishing. There were downright terrifying parts to this novel I didn’t see coming and told primarily by Sara and the experiences of her friends.

The setting was reminiscent of a dark fantasy novel, and concludes an equally haunting and shocking end that will keep you up at night.

Thank you to Pansing for sending me a copy of Rules For Vanishing in exchange for an honest review. 

Rules For Vanishing is available at all good bookstores on Oct 3, 2019 


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