Blog Tour - Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

Today is publication day for Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy and I'm delighted to be the next stop on the blog tour! Coming up is my book review so why not grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy...

The sun is shining, the sea is blue, the children have disappeared.

Do Not Become Alarmed
Genre: Thriller | Suspense
Publisher: Penguin | Viking
Publication Date: 6 July 2017
ISBN-13: 9780241305461

"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."


With the subject of this book being about missing children I decided to approach it with caution. Obviously I'm going to be sensitive to such an idea but I didn't want this to affect my enjoyment of the book so I tried to keep an open mind whilst still being prepared.

The storyline began as two families boarded a cruise ship, I learnt about the reason for the trip and where they were going. They were nice people and it should have all gone smoothly. At this point I felt edgy, waiting for the worst to happen and wondering how it would take shape.

I felt a small sense of relief when I realised that I would also be reading from the children's point of view. It might sound strange but it lessened the anxiety for me a little, almost as though I was watching over them in some way.

What happened is every parents worst nightmare and inevitably each parent played the blame game, blaming themselves and each other for their part in it. Personally the aim of my blame changed with each account of events that I read. To be perfectly honest, it was a combination of factors that led to the children's disappearance so eventually I decided that none of them could hold the blame fully on their shoulders.

This was one of those books that always has me saying 'just one more chapter' - I wanted to know what was next for the characters so I couldn't stop reading until my eyes refused to stay open any longer. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about the characters and wondering how they were all coping. The storyline gets in your head.

The only negative for me was that when I finished the book I didn't feel the sense of closure that I was hoping for. I felt like I needed more, although I couldn't put my finger on what exactly that 'more' was.

Do Not Become Alarmed was an addictive book, difficult to read in some ways but also difficult to put down.

4 Stars
4 Stars



Don't forget to check out the other blogs on this tour...

Do Not Become Alarmed

Thank you to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


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