RULES FOR VANISHING, by Kate Alice Marshall, Viking, Penguin Random House


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.

Out September 2019

416 Pages approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Okay, well let’s begin here. Blair Witch Project became so famous because of the ‘format’ it was made in. Faux-documentary style movies are more successful, in my opinion, than books using the same style, because of the added visual aids movies can throw in with the rest.

Myself, I didn’t like the Blair Witch Project, and in fact, friends and I cracked up throughout the entire movie when we found ourselves staring up the nostrils of the documenters for most of the movie. I suppose the other fact that most faux-documentaries tend to be too much narrative had something to do with this books lack of appeal for me. Most writers avoid too much narration out of fear of killing a story and making it tedious and boring.

This is where I stand with this book.

Too much narration is laced throughout the pages by way of text messages, emails… etc. Sure there’s dialogue, but without visual aids to accompany the “talking portions,” of the story, the documentary-style used left the presentation feeling stoic. I really wanted to like this book. Perhaps, without all the changes in format and less narrative use, who knows, it might have turned out better for me.

I could not finish this book, which makes this the sixth book I’ve ever not finished in my life-time.

I gave it a


for effort…


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