Wednesday 6 January 2021

RULES FOR VANISHING by Kate Alice Marshall


Rules For VanishingRules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here's another book, with an awesome creepy cover, that I've had on my TBR pile for a while.

Sara’s sister disappeared a year ago and she thinks she knows where to find her. Sara's convinced her sister, Becca, went looking for the local legend about Lucy Gallows and got lost. Searching for Becca means finding Lucy’s road and sticking to a bunch of strange rules. But what this group of friends finds is darker than any of them could've expected...

Wow. Talk about totally hooked. Yep. That was me as soon as I started reading this book. Seriously. The ominous dread creeps into this story from the beginning, and never stops.

I LOVE how this complicated and dark story is told. There are interviews, video footage, texts, and Sarah's account of what happened. The pacing is perfect because one piece follows the next in such a precise way that the overall picture slowly starts to come together in a muddled and freaky kind of way.

Also, I really enjoyed reading Sara's POV because sometimes she sounded so sincere, and other times it was quite obvious that she was either intentionally leaving out details or was so traumatised by the loss of her sister that she honestly forgot stuff. Is she an unreliable narrator, or a girl doing the best she can? It's up to the reader to decide.

Well, until everything becomes obvious and clicks into place. 😳

Another very cool thing about this story is the exploration of friendship between a diverse group of teenagers. The problems and space between them varies, but all of it is intriguing and so interesting I found it hard to tear myself away from this book.

There's so much going on here. A girl looking for her sister, friends reconnecting, a very dangerous local legend, a surreal adventure, and the results of an in-depth paranormal investigation. And I enjoyed the hell out of every piece of this dark puzzle.

Fascinating. Creepy. Amazing.

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