Do Not Become Alarmed

Do Not Become Alarmed

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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The moving and suspenseful new novel that Ann Patchett calls "smart and thrilling and impossible to put down... the book that every reader longs for.""This summer's undoubtable smash hit... an addictive, heart-palpitating story." —Marie ClaireThe 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.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780735216549
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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