Do Not Become Alarmed

Do Not Become Alarmed

A Novel

eBook - 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"--
"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"--
Publisher: [S.l.] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2017
ISBN: 9780735216549
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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natcin7
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

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superlibrarian
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?

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BWilsoned
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.

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danwho
Nov 15, 2017

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

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mjk236sb
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.

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cbarefieldbailey
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.

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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MamaLovesBooks
Aug 16, 2017

I'm pretty sure they were in Costa Rica. A gripping, better-than-average thriller. I read this book into the early hours of the morning to finish it. I needed to know what happened. The author tied up all the loose ends, it's not a happily-ever-after ending, either. One of my favorite books of the summer, not for its eloquent language, but for its thick plot and the fact that it kept me hooked until the end.

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KatG1983
Aug 10, 2017

I picked this book up and started reading one Saturday morning, and then didn't put it down until the book was done, several hours later. Nothing about this book is ground-breaking or *new*; however it is suspenseful and compelling. I can see this book being adapted into a movie, for sure. The story is told from alternating perspectives of several different characters, which is always a fun plot device that moves the story forward.

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squirrelee
Aug 09, 2017

Very exciting and fast paced. I really enjoyed this and whipped through it in a couple of days. I agree-its a great summer read!

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