Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy

do not become alarmed

I had read Maile Meloy’s Liars and Saints back when it first came out and really enjoyed it, so I decided to read this one when I received an ARC from Edelweiss.  This book will be published in June 2017. It was insightful as expected, but I wasn’t expecting the thrill ride.  It’s about Liv and Nora who are cousins and decide to take their families on a cruise together along Mexico and Central America over the Christmas and New Years vacation.  Liv and Nora both have an eleven-year-old and a younger child as well.  At one of the ports in Central America the dads decide to play golf while the moms take the children zip-lining with another family they met on the ship.  All goes well until the van carrying the moms and children breaks down. The families walk to a nearby beach as they wait for a replacement vehicle.  The children are on floats out in the water and in a brief moment aren’t observed and disappear.  From here the nightmare begins, and the story is propelled forward by alternating between what is happening to the children and the adults.  The story is gripping and the characters are well-developed.  The book explores family and marital dynamics, race,  privilege, guilt, and responsibility.

This book was just selected as one of the top 10 reads for books coming out in June selected by librarians on Library Reads.  I was excited that a portion of this write-up was included for the promotion of that book.  Another one I enjoyed on that list was Magpie Murders.  I’ll be writing about it in an upcoming post.

 

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