The Rules for Disappearing
Author: Ashley Elston
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
She’s been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she’s been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.
Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they’ve given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits’ rules — and her dad’s silence. If he won’t help, it’s time she got some answers for herself.
But Meg isn’t counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who’s too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters — survival.
The Rules for Disappearing follows Meg as she tries to figure out what happened to land her family in the witness protection program. She has been in 6 placements since she got stuck in the program and her family is falling apart. Meg wants this to be her last placement but with her track record she isn’t hopeful.
Possibly my favorite thing about this novel was that Meg had a part time job at a Pizza Place. When I was in High School my family owned a pizza place so I really relate to characters that work at family owned pizzeria’s. It also instantly biases me to enjoying a novel more when I see a character working.
I really liked Meg she was very mature and willing to do anything to protect her family and those she cared about. My favorite thing about her was her relationship with her younger sister Mary. Meg took care of her, got her to school, and helped her come out of the shell that she had assembled because of the program. I also liked that Meg was really no-nonsense, she didn’t get roped in to school drama and she was willing to call people out.
Another aspect of this novel I enjoyed was the relationship between Meg and Ethan. Ethan was both sweet and supportive. He didn’t press too hard when Meg was unwilling to give him information about her past, and when everything did come out he was there for her and willing to do anything to help. He was the model of how a good boyfriend should act.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Rules for Disappearing it was action packed with enough twists and turns to keep me interested and I am eagerly looking forward to the sequel!
There is a steady stream of customers for almost an hour. I don’t know how she would have pulled this off by herself. A few people come in from school. They nod but don’t speak to me other than placing their order. Eventually, things settle down so I can wander around the dining room, picking up trash and refilling napkins. The door dings and I glance up.
It’s him. Ethan. He’s concentrating on his phone, his baseball cap shielding part of his face, so he hasn’t spotted me yet. I spin and try not to run to the back room, hoping that
Pearlcan take his order. Great, she’s on the phone.
Standing taller, I walk to the register. I can do this.
“May I help you?” I hope my voice didn’t come out as stiff as I think it did.
His eyes leave the phone and fly to my face. His mouth opens a bit, but no words come out. We both stand there for several seconds before he glances as his phone. He texts something then shoves the phone in his pocket. “Large swamp pizza, extra jalapenos.”
It amazes me how many people order this pizza. I thought it would look better than it sounds. Not even close.
“To go?” Hope rings in my voice.
He smirks. “Dine In,” and he throws some money down on the counter.
This may be my shortest employment yet.
Author BioAshley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband, three sons and two cats. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a licensed Landscape Horticulturist and helps her husband run a commercial lawn and landscaping business. They also custom harvest pecans and have cows. Yes, cows.