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404 pages, Hardcover
First published September 24, 2019
“Something wants us here,” she whispers. Her fingertips spider up my arm, her eyes fixed on my shoulder, on nothing at all. “Something brings us. The road. Or something on it.”
◻️◻️◻️◻️quick lil synopsis◻️◻️◻️◻️
• loss of friends
• loss of sibling
• going stage by stage through some nightmarish realm (like a demented obstacle course) and losing people at each stage
• seeing the echoes and remnants of—and horrifying outcomes that happened to��others who went through before them
• small town with a ghastly legend attached to a missing girl
• telling a story in retrospect—knowing some of the ending before we ever begin
Her eyes have no remorse in them, not exactly—only a kind of grief, a grief I understand. Grief for the person you were the instant before you acted.
I am currently working on the sequel to Rules for Vanishing—another of the Ashford Files, this one taking place on a remote island where you should never trust anyone, especially yourself. Strange birds flock to the island, and danger lurks everywhere: in the mist, in the sea, and in your own reflection. It follows a new narrator, but includes at least one familiar face.
FIND THE ROAD. FIND THE GATES. FIND THE GIRL.That was one seriously compulsive read! I just-one-more-chaptered my way through this book and I’m left feeling slightly panicked, knowing I almost didn’t read it at all. Too many books arrived at the library at once so some will have to be sent back unread. I know me and if they are returned unread, no matter how noble my intentions, they will disappear into the ‘I’m going to read that one day’ void.
All I hear are the last words my sister spoke, muttering into her phone. On April 18, one year ago.Everyone in Briar Glen, MA knows the legend of Lucy Gallows. On 19 April, 1953, 15 year old Lucy Callow (yep, her name morphed a little during the creation of the legend) went missing in the forest. Legend says that one day each year a path appears in the forest. This time last year Sara’s sister, Becca, disappeared.
We know where the road is. We’ve got the keys. That’s all we need to find her. I’m not backing down now. Not after everything we’ve done to get this close.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE LUCY WENT?Sara is determined to find her sister and in two days she will play the game. Joined by eight others, Sara will seek out “The Massachusetts Ghost Road”.
SHE WENT TO PLAY THE GAME.
YOU CAN PLAY, TOO.
FIND A PARTNER.
FIND A KEY.
FIND THE ROAD.
YOU HAVE TWO DAYS.
I know Becca didn’t run away. That leaves one possibility and one impossibility, and I long for the impossible. Because if she isn’t dead, if she’s only been taken, she can be brought back.13 steps.
“Don’t break the rules. Bad things happen when you break the rules.”This book includes interviews, written testimony, emails, transcripts of messages, phone calls and videos, descriptions of photos and other evidence pertinent to file number 74 of The Ashford Files. Naturally, because this was file 74, I wanted unrestricted access to all of the preceding files as well as any that have been created since.
There are things I am not supposed to tell you.I couldn’t get enough information about the gates and the paths between them. At times I got the sense I was experiencing what I expect a hallucinogen would feel like. As I read I kept thinking that I would love to see these strange visuals outside of my imagination and was thrilled to read an article that told me there’s going to be a movie! I can’t wait to see it!
There are things I don’t remember.
There are things I don’t know.
“But the monsters aren’t the only thing you have to be afraid of here.”My main frustration showed up right at the end of the book; I definitely need to know what it was that . Hopefully the movie or perhaps another book detailing another Ashford File will give me this much needed closure.
“lt’s coming.”Content warnings include .
So be careful what roads you take, and be careful who you follow down them.