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-oldlove 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...
|Title||:||Do Not Become Alarmed|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Do Not Become Alarmed Reviews
"Do you think worrying helps?" "Yes," she said. "Because the disaster will be the thing you don't expect. So you just have to expect everything."
Cruise ship mysteries have become quite popular recently, and after reading a few intriguing stories that were based around the various legal loopholes of crime at sea, my interest was immediately piqued by the premise of Do Not Become Alarmed (although I found the title a bit odd). However, in this novel the cruise becomes a secondary setting, as the ...more
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 unconvincingly simplistic characters with little evidence of any emotional investment. However, the biggest problem for me is that Do Not Be Alarmed never manages to convey a consistently serious atmosphere, s ...more
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 tragedy that unfolds during the dream family holiday turned nightmare. However there was something about the writing that felt abit off. The writing was direct and lacked some tack with descriptions of c ...more
I did not become alarmed. The author did become a competent audio narrator and I did seem to become in need of a light book at the time. But I did not become enthusiastic. This review did become a so-so.
5 Words: Family, sunshine, blame, kidnap, hope.
It took me about two chapters to get in to the flow of the writing, but after that I was hooked. I could not put it down.
I love how the narrative switched between the parents and the children - you could see these two stories, how they started together then came apart and took different turns before the end.
There are a lot of different situations explored in this book, and the different perspectives means that it really hits home. Be prepared for sh ...more
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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 pretty much want to copy and paste what Michelle had to say into this space because we are of one mind when it comes to Do Not Be Alarmed.
Damn my old lady brain to hell, because I know this one popped onto ...more
I really enjoyed this book - my first by this author. It was a compelling read - two families go on a cruise and their children go missing. I thought that the character development was uneven in that I never could remember which children went with which family and I also could not get a sense of the personalities of most of the children. Even when references were made as to their characteristics, it didn't necessarily jive with my gut feelings about them. But the parents were very well developed ...more
My full review of this book and many others can be found at United by Pop.
The dark subject matter made this a completely terrifying read, as every parent’s worst scenario is played out in a raw and brutal detail. No emotion is spared and every facet, that makes this thriller so haunting, is delivered to the reader with an authenticity that belies the fiction tag this comes with.
This explores every nuance of emotion experienced by the grieving parents. As their stories unfolded, so too did the bl ...more