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Publisher's Summary

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 11-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.
©2017 Maile Meloy (P)2017 Penguin Audio
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By Jessica Riedel on 06-21-17

Read the book, don't listen

interesting story line, ok characters - no real development but moments of personal truth. but the narrator- not good! nasally and whiny and same terrible South American accents! the narrator is the author and that was a mistake. for so much of the book being spoken from Spanish speaking characters you would think they could get someone who could do an accent properly. the author's accent is almost racist, just slurry English. shame.

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By Bradford on 06-09-17

Holds nothing back.

This novel goes every single place you are afraid it will go and more. Brava!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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