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Book Review: Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

 * I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

Title: Rules For Vanishing
Author: Kate Alice Marshall
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: From Publisher

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Book Summary:

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.

Stranger Things meets The Blair Witch Project in this gripping ghost thriller, perfect for fans of Michelle Harrison, Lauren James and Frances Hardinge.

Book Review:

Not really being into horror, it has been a journey to see that I can actually read this book. For someone who has been scared of horror, Rules For Vanishing does deliver being a creepy and frightful read. A read where the lights must definitely be left on!

I think I was quite apprehensive when reading this because I know that I can stand horror but I was wondering how far it was going to do. So please be warned that this book is really creepy and I did get really sucked in.

This is obviously a massive credit to the writing which I was a massive fan of. Horror or not, it is clear that Kate Alice Marshall can write suspense and kept me on the edge of my seat.

When I started the book, I knew it was going to be something that I read in one sitting. I wanted to know what happened to all of the characters and I really enjoyed being creeped out. I had to stop at some points because it got to me so much.

I think a lot of this had to do with the characters and the writing style as it was written in past and present. I loved that all the cast had some type of connection because you really wanted to know that they all survived.

The characters are also all quite diverse and I believe the main character was bisexual. At the core of the story is really a sister relationship which I also want more in stories in general. Of course, I also loved it here too.

As I mentioned before, the book does have some mixed media, which I love in books. Here it is in the form of police interviews which I think added another layer to the story and kept the suspense throughout.

Basically, I really did love Rules for Vanishing and with a really diverse bibliography, I can't wait to see what Kate Alice Marshall does next. Of course, her blacklist is also ready and waiting for me to devour! 

The Verdict:

Rules For Vanishing is a delightfully dark and delicious tale that will have you creeping out of your skin. 

Have you read Rules For Vanishing? If so, what did you think? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments.


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