Rules For Vanishing or rules for wrecking with my head? | BOOK REVIEW

Hey guys! It’s so nice to be reading books and writing about them again. I wish I could do this all the time, but sadly I always seem to have 101 things bearing down on top of me that reading often gets thrown to the side. But I am reading now, and I want to talk to you about a book that I read in just a few short days because I needed to know what happened. And that book is Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall! I read this book last month and loved it so much, and I knew I had to talk about it with you guys.

So here we go!


Author: Kate Alice Marshall

Publisher: Walker Books

Rating: 4.5 Stars

This book is so incredibly weird and spooky, and I loved every minute of it. There were moments that I was so creeped out I could barely keep reading, but the plot was so interesting that I couldn’t put it down. And I knew that I would be a scaredy-cat, because I refused to read it at night, or I would get more terrified than I already was. Kate Alice Marshall is such an incredibly smart author, and I can’t wait to read her next book, which sounds similar to this one.

The Characters, to me, were on another level. There was such a diverse cast of characters and they were all fully fleshed out. Seriously, there were lesbian and bisexual characters, POC rep, a character who was hard of hearing and wore a hearing aid, and a character with a stutter. I can’t speak for the representation of any of these, but I found the diversity of the cast of characters amazing. And while there wasn’t much romance in this book, the little relationship we see at the end is really cute. I just wish it was fleshed out a bit more, so the history of the main character’s crush could be shown.

The plot was so deliciously weird, and I couldn’t get enough of it. This novel is basically all I ever wanted from The Hazel Wood. I thought The Hazel Wood would have a lot of spooky events happening in the actual woods, but I was really wrong. But this book, set in a creepy woods, was so dark and spooky. The setting was so atmospheric, so much that it felt like I was there. But it was so scary that, as I said, I couldn’t read it at night. The author is just so smart at creating the weirdest, creepiest and downright terrifying creatures I have ever read about. This book honestly needs to be a movie, and I won’t rest until it is one.

Also, the format of this book was so cool. It’s an epistolary novel, and is written through police transcripts, descriptions of photos and found footage, making it so immersive. I loved the format so much, and when I heard that her next book would be in this format as well, I was more than happy to add it to my tbr.

The only thing that was a little disappointing in this book was the ending. While the ending was still good, and didn’t go all “It was all just a dream”, it could have been spookier and held more of a plot twist. That might just be my opinion, but be aware of that while going into the book.



I hope you enjoyed this little review of this book, and I urge you to find a copy for yourself. I think you can get it online through e-book libraries, so I’d suggest to check it out there. Have a wonderful, peaceful day and I’ll see you very soon. Bye!


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