Do Not Become Alarmed

Do Not Become Alarmed

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"From a beloved, award-winning writer, the much-anticipated novel about what happens when two families go on a tropical vacation--and the children go missing. When Liv and Nora decide to take their families on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship's comforts and possibilities seem infinite. The children--two eleven-year-olds, an eight-year-old, and a six-year-old--love the nonstop buffet and the independence they have at the Kids' Club. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor misfortunes leads the families farther and farther from the ship's safety. One minute the children are there, and the next they're gone. What follows is a riveting, revealing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the once-happy parents--now turning on one another and blaming themselves--try to recover their children and their lives. Celebrated for her ability to write vivid, spare, moving fiction, Maile Meloy shows how quickly the life we count on can fall away, and how a crisis changes everyone's priorities. The fast-paced, gripping plot of Do Not Become Alarmed carries with it an insightful, provocative examination of privilege, race, guilt, envy, the dilemmas of modern parenthood, and the challenge of living up to our own expectations"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780735216525
Branch Call Number: FIC MEL
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 28, 2019

started but couldn't go on, maybe I'm alone in this, but the book seems racist to me....I spent a
lot of time in Latin America years ago and one thing was very clear back then, children were generally much safer in public there then they were where I came from in the states. Makes me wonder why someone would stage their story of crime in L. America.

Jul 08, 2019

Wow! What a page-turner. (No, I did not stay up until 1:30 AM last night to finish this. What are you talking about?) Loved everything about this: the set-up which then went sideways from where I expected; how well-suited the alternating chapter/characters POV was to this highly populated story; the deceptively simple and tidy writing style; but most of all the story: suspenseful, sad, intense. Two cousins, their husbands, and their children sail away on a South American cruise and hell breaks loose. Meloy had this to say: crises change people. This is what that could look like.

Jun 20, 2018

September 15 2017
This is a book that will grab your attention from page one. It's a riveting story. Two American couples and their children go on a tropical vacation. What is supposed to be a fun adventure turns into an unbelievable nightmare. The author describes the events in chapters alternating between the parents' viewpoints and the children's viewpoints. The suspense builds.But, according to the author's liberal political perspective, it is the Americans who are to blame. They are rich, privileged and self-absorbed. The drug lords who kill and victimize their countrymen are not to blame. As Ms. Meloy sees it, it is the transgressions of the American people that are more at fault. Too bad she politicized a good thriller. NC

Apr 16, 2018

Is this writing full of holes or does the author deliberately leave us wondering: (sorry - spoiler alert) 1) at what age do Argentinian parents teach their children to slit throats?: 2) how does Penny become so fond of Noemi when she jumped off the train before the rest of the children met her?; 3)why bother burying a body next to crocodile infested water?

Nov 15, 2017

It was hard to like the parents, but the varying POV kept my interest. Believable how quickly things went askew and sad how the adults treated each other.

Nov 15, 2017

Lost children thriller falters 2/3 in, parents are obnoxious

Sep 13, 2017

This was a good thriller that you can't put down. Lost during a cruise the children of these three couples must keep themselves alive and get back to their parents. The parents are a little annoying as they are depicted as those that have it all - money, fame and the nice houses, etc. and now are dealing with this tragedy. Once you pick it up you will not want to put it down.

Sep 09, 2017

Very thrilling and fast paced. I had to know how it ended because, it is really a thriller. But these are some of the most annoying and obnoxious people, ever.

Aug 25, 2017

Starts out well but then plot lost me, became too far fetched.

sugarmountain Aug 20, 2017

Didn't like any of the affluent adult characters in this story. The whole plot sounds exciting, but there were too many events that seemed unlikely plus the children acted too mature for their supposed ages. Unsatisfying overall.

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