The Rules for Disappearing
By Ashley Elston
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Disney-Hyperion, 320 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Um, a witness protection book? YESSSSS!
Seriously, I have always been particularly intrigued the program an have wanted to read a book about it for ages, so I was beyond thrilled to hear about Ashley Elston’s The Rules for Disappearing. And I was even happier when it was a pretty darn good book!
It was a nice mix between romance, family drama and straight-up mystery/thriller action — absolutely kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Okay, one small thing: I definitely got a strong case of OLS (Old Lady Syndrome) toward the end. I kept wanting to yell: “TELL A RESPONSIBLE ADULT! OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?” But when you do not know who exactly is a responsible adult (hello, Anna, I suppose that’s the mystery), you do what you’ve gotta.
If you’re looking for a mystery or thriller that’s still a good summer read, check this out for sure.