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.
This is the most seasonally-appropriate book I’ve ever read and I couldn’t be happier to have had the pleasure of getting ridiculously freaked out by its ghostly shenanigans.
I absolutely loved the unique formatting of the novel. It’s told in texts, testimonies, interviews, “video evidence”, etc. Ever wonder where you can find yourself more ILLUMINAE-ish structured books? Well, ILLUMINAE but with more scary folklore, unsettling mysteries, and missing people. I respect it for conveying a comprehensible story through this ambitious, undoubtedly difficult medium.
What also sticks out is the character dynamics among the rather large cast that sets to follow the road and uncover the mystery. This was also creepier than I expected, so major kudos to this book for being scarier than, say, THE DEVOURING GRAY (which is a worthy comparable book, and yet). I, of course, absolutely love the horror angle AND the mystery angle, and it’s so easy to keep the reader invested throughout that it turns a not-small book into something that you can honestly finish in one setting.
I won’t go too much in depth for fear of spoilers, but: know that this. is very. addicting.
I have not read Marshall’s debut, I AM STILL ALIVE, yet, but it sounds totally up my alley. Survivalist murder mystery book is EXACTLY the kind of thing you say to me to get me to throw money at you and snatch your book up.
Thanks so much to PenguinTeen for sending me an ARC box (which I unbox here!).
Kate Alice Marshall
Kate Alice Marshall started writing before she could hold a pen properly, and never stopped. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a chaotic menagerie of pets and family members, and ventures out in the summer to kayak and camp along Puget Sound. I Am Still Alive was her YA debut, followed by Rules for Vanishing. Visit her online at katemarshallbooks.com and follow her on Twitter @kmarshallarts.
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