Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall Review (Spoiler Free!!!)

Hello my fellow little munchkins! How are you all doing? I am doing well! I have school tomorrow and than right after I get out of class I am heading to Berkley which is in Northern Cali where I live, not Berkeley but Northern Cali. I am going there so I can watch a piano concert for another college class that I am taking which a music class.

However, I have been there a bunch before and there is this bookstore where they send books for a discount price and a really nice coffee shop that I plan on going to and spending ALL OF MY MONEY because I have restrained myself so much already.

Anyways, why don’t we get into this review already?


Author: Kate Alice Marshall

Genre: Young Adult, Horror

Pages: 416

Publisher: Viking Books For Young Readers.

Publishing Date: September 24th, 2019

Description according to Goodreads“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 has description set up to have the characters going through this whole mission to find her sister. NOW THAT’S WHAT IT IS ABOUT BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE. The book goes into this whole horror element that you would only get in horror movies.

There is a series of characters that we begin with but there is really only a few main character. Sara is our main, main character who is trying to find her sister Becca who has been lost for a year. Now Becca is also a main character to the plot as well but the reader doesn’t fully understand it until the reader gets to the very end of the book. There is also a whole other set of main characters however I am not going to go further into it due to any potential of spoilers.


The plot of this book is really something that I can’t discuss due to it ruining the book. There is some twists and turns throughout the book but it is almost meant for you to understand it and to see it coming. However, I can say if you are able to watch horror movies with demons you will be fine. This book really is the cross between the exorcism of emily rose, groundhog day, and the wizard of oz all put together and mixed into one.

The pacing of this book is just like a regular horror movie which is extremely slow when you want it to go fast and then really fast when you wished it was going slow. Which is the best thing that the book could have done. The writing style of the book is also a change from most books because it goes from tape recordings from a video camera on a phone and interviews with some of the main characters of the story.

5/5 stars

Trigger Warnings:

If you are able to read books with extreme horror, manipulative people, and gore than you will be find however if you cannot then I don’t recommend this as a read for you. There is also a exorcism within the book along with mentions of PTSD and Survivors Guilt.

Where to Buy the Book:


Barnes and Noble



Book Depository 

Author:Kate Alice Marshall

According to Kate Alice Marshall website, “Kate Marshall is the author of the Young Adult novel I AM STILL ALIVE (Viking Children’s), coming in 2018. Her science fiction and fantasy fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Crossed Genres, and elsewhere. She writes historical romance as Kathleen Kimmel, and works in the video game industry as a writer and occasional designer. Her love of books runs through every aspect of her career; she serves as both a developmental editor and a cover designer for fellow authors.

She lives outside of Seattle with her husband, a dog named Vonnegut, a cat named after a cylon, and a baby. They all conspire to keep her on her toes.”

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