- US Edition
The Rules For Disappearing
A fast-paced and very exciting romantic thriller set in the drama of the Witness Protection program.
How DO you disappear when your life’s in danger? The suits’ rules are simple and extensive. Like, never use the internet. Don’t start conversations with random strangers. Don’t make friends. And never, ever fall in love.
She’s been so many people in so many places. Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . . But now she’s Megan Rose Jones, newly arrived in Natchitoches, Louisiana with her family. Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from Meg, but this placement is the final straw. This time they’ve even cut and colored her beautiful blonde hair and turned her blue eyes brown. Meg’s family’s on the verge of implosion too. Pulled from their beds one too many times, her little sister’s traumatized, her mom’s drowning in booze, and her dad . . . Well, he’s fast becoming a silent, defensive stranger. What on earth did he do – or see – that landed them in this god-awful mess?
As she runs the gauntlet as a newbie (yet again) at Madison High School, Meg makes a few more rules – for herself this time. 1) Find out what the heck her father did. 2) Get them out of Witness Protection forever. And 3) Refuse to get close to anyone – it only ends in tears.
But Meg is about to discover that the truth of her family’s life on the run is very different to what she’d thought. And she’d never reckoned on cute, floppy-haired farm boy Ethan Landry, whose determination to know the real Meg not only threatens to break her disguise wide open but also to penetrate her guarded heart. On a crazy, perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there’s only one rule that really matters – survival.
US/Canada: Hyperion (May 2013)
Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year – 2014
The Children’s Book Committee considers literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers for their annual list.
Ashley Elston’s novels are always addictive and page-turning! Her debut, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, was followed by a sequel, and a standalone novel – THIS IS OUR STORY – followed in 2016. THE LYING WOODS, recipient of several starred reviews, published in 2018. In 2019 Ashley follows up with a deliciously fun rom-com, TEN BLIND DATES — the perfect read for the holiday season! All her books are published by Disney-Hyperion.
She has a Liberal Arts degree from Louisiana State University and worked for many years as a wedding/ portrait photographer. She is also a licensed landscape horticulturist. Ashley lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with her husband and three sons.