Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 24th, 2019
Genre: YA Paranormal/Horror
Rating: 3 Stars… maybe
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.
This book was borrowed from the library. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Rules for Vanishing is the first “scary” book I’ve tried reading since I decided to try The Cabin at the End of the World. I woke up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep and I began reading.
Honestly, I felt like the first 30% of the book was amazing. I loved the different format of this book, set with narrated video surveillance, documents, text messages, voice recordings… the build up of this story kept me petrified in bed. Every noise that this old house made scared me so much that I almost couldn’t sleep.
The main characters begin their journey to find Sara’s sister, Becca. Once they reach the road and go through their first few obstacles, that’s where the story ended for me. I felt like the suspense just drifted away – no longer keeping me locked in a state of panic. Things were somewhat predictable, the “horror” wasn’t horror to me… I just felt bored. This book had so much potential for me and I feel like if I were 13 or 14 this book would ruin me! But, I am 31, definitely not a young adult anymore and we have to remember these things as we rate and review books.
Does this book work for YOUNG adults/teens? Yes!
Does this book work for me as an adult? No.
And that’s okay! I wish the author would have spread out some of the real horror she packed into the beginning of this book. The last part just fell flat for me!
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