Book Review | The Rules For Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 12:00 AM

Series: The Rules For Disappearing #1

Format: ARC

Source: Traded
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Publication Date: May 14, 2013

Pages: 314

 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
‘Meg’ has spent the last eight months in the Witness Protection Program with her parents and her little sister.  Natchitoches, Louisiana is the sixth place they have been and Meg is determined for it to be the last.  Meg has given up on trying to fit in, instead she is on a mission to find out what her dad did or saw that landed them in the Program. 
The only thing that bothered me about Meg was how dismissive she was.  I mean, it’s obvious that there is a threat on her and her family’s life since she is in the Witness Protection Program so I would think she would have paid a little more attention to the strange things that kept happening instead of brushing it off as paranoia.  I get that she didn’t want to move again, but still.
I really liked Ethan; he was very sweet and extremely charismatic, I can completely understand why Meg had a hard time staying away from him.  I also loved that Meg and Ethan’s relationship took time, that it wasn’t the instant love that we see in a lot of books.
I don’t want to give anything away so I will just say that everything changes for Meg when the truth about why her family is in the Protection Program comes out.   
Overall, The Rules For Disappearing is an engaging read that has just enough suspense and romance that will keep you hooked until the very last page.  I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.



  1. i definitely enjoyed the combination of mystery/suspense and romance in this book. Loved Ethan! ~Pam

  2. I loved this one! I thought a few things were a little too far fetched but overall, it's pretty good.

    I agree-- Meg was too naive about what was going on. That or, like you said, dismissive

    Great review!


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