A review of The Rules by Tracey Darnton
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The Rules – Tracy Darnton

Amber’s an expert when it comes to staying hidden – she’s been trained her whole life for it. But what happens when the person you’re hiding from taught you everything you know?

When a letter from her dad arrives, Amber knows she’s got to move – and fast. He’s managed to find her and she knows he’ll stop at nothing to draw her back into the extreme survivalist way of life he believes in.

All of a sudden the Rules she’s spent so long trying to escape are the ones keeping her safe. But for how long?


I really need to stop picking up books that make me angry but make me not want to stop reading! But I love them.

The Rules is definitely another of those types of books. Poor Amber is scared for her life. Fearful of a father she thought she had escaped. She doesn’t trust anyone because of the rules he has forced into her head, and she lives her life by those rules.

The book is entered around the trauma and abuse that her father put her through growing up. The way she is, is because of him. Because of the way her brought her up and the things he did to her and her mother.

I think The Rules was very cleverly written because in reality, Amber is not a nice person. She has an attitude problem and a real issue with authority. But none of it is her fault really. Its all because of her upbringing. And the way she reacts to things is dramatic and over the top – but as the daughter of a ‘Prepper’ thats understandable.

I knew Preppers existed before reading this book but I’ll be honest, I never really thought about it too much. I can totally see there being Preppers as out there as Amber’s dad is. I’m glad I haven’t come across very many though.

I think my favourite thing about this book though was Josh. He was such a lovely character and it made me happy that Amber didn’t have to go through everything alone. She had been alone most her life and she needed that support from someone, but she never would have asked for it herself. I liked that their relationship was more of a sibling thing rather than a love interest thing too, as that felt right for the way amber was.

I have only read the short story that is in I’ll be Home For Christmas by Tracy Darnton and I loved that, so I doubt it’ll be long before I pick up The Truth About Lies. I feel like the author does a great job of telling stories that are on the edge of uncomfortable. Which are strangely the stories I love.

The Rules was published by Little Tiger on July 9th. My copy was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

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