Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

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“This summer’s undoubtable smash hit… an addictive, heart-palpitating story.” —Marie Claire

The sun is shining, the sea is blue, the children have disappeared.

When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The adults are lulled by the ship’s comfort and ease. The four children—ages six to eleven—love the nonstop buffet and their newfound independence. But when they all go ashore for an adventure in Central America, a series of minor misfortunes and miscalculations leads the families farther from the safety of the ship. One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone.

The disintegration of the world the families knew—told from the perspectives of both the adults and the children—is both riveting and revealing. The parents, accustomed to security and control, turn on each other and blame themselves, while the seemingly helpless children discover resources they never knew they possessed.

Do Not Become Alarmed is a story about the protective force of innocence and the limits of parental power, and an insightful look at privileged illusions of safety. Celebrated for her spare and moving fiction, Maile Meloy has written a gripping novel about how quickly what we count on can fall away, and the way a crisis shifts our perceptions of what matters most.

Title : Do Not Become Alarmed
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ISBN : 0735216525
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Maureen rated it ★★★★☆

June 21, 2017

Liv and Nora decide to book a South American cruise for themselves and their families. They have four kids between them, and after meeting an Argentinian couple onboard, who also have two kids, the three families become great friends. Initially they decide against any excursions, preferring to st...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

May 27, 2017

Two couples, Liv and Nora, their spouses and four children between the ages of six and eleven, decide to take a two week cruise to South America. On the ship they meet an Argentinian couple vwith two children of their own and become friends. At first at the various ports they stay on the ship but...

Julie rated it ★★★☆☆

August 14, 2017

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy is a 2017 Riverhead/Penguin publication. This book started out with real promise, but… While on vacation, cousins Liv and Nora, take their children on an off-ship excursion which seemed destined for disaster right from the start. While Nora walks away with the t...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

June 06, 2017

You take your husband and two kids on a cruise with your cousin, her husband, and their two kids. During an excursion in a South American country, something goes very wrong. You can't take your eyes off the children for a second! The kids are gone. Missing. While the search ensues, the blame game...

Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 13, 2017

Find all of my reviews at: I generally don’t read any of my friends’ reviews if I’ve already put my name on the wait list/obtained a book, but I made an exception this time around when it became crystal clear this was not going to be my idea of a good time. I pre...

Vanessa rated it ★★★☆☆

October 04, 2017

Great set up and strong storyline kept this book exciting with lots of drama. As a parent it was a hard read but also some of the dread depicted felt strangely relatable with parents turning on each other almost immediately, the parents all displayed some horrible characteristics enhanced by the...

Rachel rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 15, 2017

Disappointingly, my pulse never even progressed to a heightened state during the course of this awkward thriller. Riddled with implausibilities, this tale of missing children never really gets into its stride and Maile Meloy falls back on some appallingly bad national stereotyping and some unconv...

Carol (Bookaria) rated it ★★★☆☆

July 25, 2017

This is all about cruising gone bad! Liv and Nora are cousins who decide to book a cruise with their families. Once abroad, Liv and Nora get off the ship with their children to go on an excursion which is a fairly common activity to do while cruising but then the children become separated from the...

Bex (Beckie Bookworm) rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 17, 2017

🌟🌟1/2 stars Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm Do not become alarmed is the first book that I have experienced by Maile Meloy and as a whole, I found it ok. It wasn't awful and I did finish it but it failed to grab, falling a bit flat for me, I found myself emotionally unin...

Lou rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2017

4 STARS! DO NOT BECOME ALARMED IS OUT TODAY - 6TH JULY!!! Liv & Nora decide to book a cruise for themselves and their families. They have four children between them who adore their newfound independence and the 24-hour buffet! Initially, they decide to spend their time onboard, the ship has lo...

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