Eight months, relocating six times, each time with a different identity in a different city. It is too much for anyone to ask. Isn't it??And worse yet, for Meg and her family, it could happen again, anytime. Meg and her family have been a part of some sort of witness protection program that has caused them to relocate to six places in less than a year, each time being forced to live with a new identity and giving into the frustrating pressure of trying to identify with their new identities. 'The Rules of Disappearing', published by Hyperion Book CH is debutant writer Ashley Elston's first book in this series. And much to anyone's surprise, she sure does know how to make it gripping and edgy. This installment of the series is spread across 320 pages and packs a punchy story that gives the readers a treat of suspense, thriller, emotions and a racy story.
Over these eight months of incessant shifting and the perennial fear, this family has started losing its grip of their real selves. Seventeen year old Meg is losing her cool and to aggravate this feeling of hers is the weird hair color she has been subjected to this time. Her mother is an alcoholic while her father is under severe depression and is concealing a great deal of details in his 'silent words' and her eleven year old sister is not being able to put up with this game of 'change and hide'. Now that the protagonist and her family have been moved to Louisiana, Meg wants it to be her last alias. Fed up with this life of lies, which seems like forever, she resorts to dig deeper into this mystery. She intends to know what her father is hiding from her, what did he see or do that has had this entire family go through a rough roller coaster ride which isn't any way near being stable. She wants to set things right.
These eight months of shifting and changing her identity multiple times has made Meg reclusive. She has an aversion towards making friends out of the fear that she might have to change her location and identity yet again ,would have to start afresh and this is something that would tske a toll on her emotional status. She has become an introvert. But loneliness is man's achilles' heel. How much so ever he might crave for solidarity on the outside, deep down within he longs for company, company of like -minded people, people with whom he could be at ease, could be himself. In Louisiana, Fate has something else in stored for Meg. Inspite of her efforts to keep away from it, she is charmed by a farm boy named Ethan Landry, who thinks he is smart enough to realize that Meg is concealing something from him.
The gravity of the situation is drawing upon Meg as with passing time, her mother is further drowning herself into alcohol, and as if her father's secretive phone calls weren't enough to intensify the situation, the 11 year old sister withdraws further. And the newly started relationship adds to her predicament as he hits the road of old memories. All this gives her a fillip to unravel the reality.
Together, he couple sets out to find out the reason behind her family's subjection to constant upheaval and with resolve, they both enter a dangerous scenario, dangerous enough to be called fatal. The writing skills employed by Ashley are impressive and the story contains just enough twists and turns to keep the reader glued to the book. Just as when the reader starts anticipating things, the writer brings a new loop in to the story. This is a book that'll be enjoyed by all for its gripping story and impeccable depiction of myriad of human emotions.
The book, published in March 2013 comes in a hardcover binding and can be easily purchased at www.junglee.com at a reasonable price.