Do Not Become Alarmed

Do Not Become Alarmed

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.

Title:Do Not Become Alarmed
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780735216525
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About Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It (named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review), and the award-winning Apothecary trilogy for young readers. She has received the PEN/Malamud Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Be


    Do Not Become Alarmed Reviews

  • Maureen

    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 th...

  • Julie

    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 ...

  • Diane S ?

    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 ...

  • Laura

    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 o...

  • Rachel Hall

    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 it...

  • Vanessa

    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 o...

  • Joce (squibblesreads)

    lol nah jk DNFed it...

  • Elyse Walters

    We ‘do’ become ‘alarmed’ in “Do Not Become Alarmed”, by Maile Melody.This was one heck of a juicy - compelling - page turner - with what happened? - and what if’s? This thriller ‘was...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/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 excepti...

  • Carol (Bookaria)

    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...