Do Not Become Alarmed Maile Meloy

51kFz7Fv-EL._AC_US218_Pub: Penguin.

When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship’s comforts and possibilities seem infinite. But when they all go ashore in beautiful Central America, a series of minor mishaps lead the families further from the ship’s safety.

One minute the children are there, and the next they’re gone.

What follows is a heart-racing story told from the perspectives of the adults and the children, as the distraught parents – now turning on one another and blaming themselves – try to recover their children and their shattered lives.

What started out as a Christmas treat ended up a nightmare.

Liv and Nora, decided on a  holiday cruise, so along with their husbands and their children, they rather excitedly prepare and set off.

We see the dynamics of the two couples and along with many other characters, it seems that all is not what it seems on the outside.

While the men go off and play golf, Liv and Nora take their children on a zip-lining trip. However, after a minor accident things  change, dramatically.

This is a tale that could be one of realism. It is scary and while I got angry with some of the characters and their behavior, I was hooked in and Do Not Become Alarmed is impossible to put down.

If I am honest, there were bits of the novel that were a bit pointless and I found myself skimming the pages, but the overall plot about the children and their plight, was very addictive. I did become emotionally involved with the parents and their grief and fear was expertly written.

3*/5

 

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