Rules for Vanishing

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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, a road appears in the forest. And at the end of it, the ghost of Lucy Gallows beckons. Lucy’s game isn’t for the faint of heart. If you win, you escape with your life. But if you lose…. 

Sara’s sister disappeared one year ago–and only Sara knows where she is. Becca went to find the ghost of Lucy Gallows and is trapped on the road that leads to her. In the sleepy town of Briar Glen, Lucy’s road is nothing more than local lore. But Sara knows it’s real, and she’s going to find it. 

When Sara and her skeptical friends meet in the forest to search for Becca, the mysterious road unfurls before them. All they have to do is walk down it. But the path to Lucy is not of this world, and it has its own rules. Every mistake summons new horrors. Vengeful spirits and broken, angry creatures are waiting for them to slip, and no one is guaranteed safe passage. The only certainty is this: the road has a toll and it will be paid.

Sara knows that if she steps onto the road, she might not come back. But Becca needs her.

And Lucy is waiting.


“Marshall ties together regional folklore, urban legends, and ghost stories to craft an exquisitely unsettling dark fantasy.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A fantastic addition for those who are building up their suspenseful supernatural collections.”

School Library Journal

“Shudder-inducing and unusual, [RULES FOR VANISHING] checks all the boxes for a pulse-thumping read.”


“The setting was reminiscent of a dark fantasy novel, and concludes an equally haunting and shocking end that will keep you up at night.”

Twelve Pale Roses

“RULES FOR VANISHING is like Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation but for teenagers.”

Refinery 29

“With all sorts of paranormal/supernatural elements, great world-building, and a unique format, this book pulls the reader in right from the start.”

YA Books Central

“A classic on all fronts. Classic high school ghost story? Check. Classic contemporary YA thriller? Check. Classic multi-cast YA audiobook recording? Absolutely. Taking on the story’s Blair Witch Project-style narrative framing, YA audio stalwarts Jesse Vilinsky, Robbie Daymond and Rob Shapiro put in dependably solid performances. The teens’ voices are as alternately disaffected, hormonal and terrified as they need to be; those of the officials investigating the case after the fact are as serious as one would want when putting the haunting events of the story together. There are no musical flourishes or a stable of sound effects here, just a good old-fashioned ghost story.”

Paste Magazine, 13 Spooky New Audiobooks

“RULES FOR VANISHING has all the prerequisites of a horror classic—stunningly original, delightfully dark, and simply terrifying. A tense and exhilarating read for those with or without a pulse.”

Dana Mele, author of People Like Us

“Delightfully chilling! Marshall delivers riveting twists, gasp-out-loud surprises, and a series of truly haunting revelations right up to the final page in this irresistible mystery.”

Natalie C. Parker, author of Seafire

“This story is woven with eerie small town folklore, lost girls, and vengeful ghosts! I loved the documentary-style storytelling and I couldn’t read it fast enough.”

Shea Ernshaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep