Do Not Become Alarmed

Do Not Become Alarmed

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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 eleven-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.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780735216525
0735216525
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 24 cm

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mjk236sb
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.

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cbarefieldbailey
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.

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MamaLovesBooks
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.

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KatG613
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.

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squirrelee
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!

SquamishLibraryStaff Aug 01, 2017

There's no need to become alarmed. You're on a cruise ship somewhere in Central America.
You go ashore for an excursion that goes horribly wrong and now you've lost your kids.
Where did they go?
The clock is ticking...will the kids be found unharmed and well?
Go on this fast paced, gut wrenching adventure with three sets of parents as they try to find their kids in a somewhat corrupt country. Put this one on your summer reading list.

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maggiepcurtis
Jul 27, 2017

Quick read. Great way to spend a weekend by the pool. Suspense and decent character development. I enjoyed it.

martins_mom Jul 26, 2017

I was not on the edge of my seat with this the way I was while reading Paula Daly's Just What Kind of Mother are You?, but the two books are similar in taking fairly benign situations and turning things upside down. In this case we venture into the exotic with a Pacific coast cruise to the Panama Canal by three well-to-do families, and a shore excursion that goes terribly wrong. The personalities of the characters are well fleshed out, especially those of the six children in the story. A great summer read.

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noltec
Jul 24, 2017

This is one of those books you can't put down. Don't pick it up unless you're prepared for an all-nighter! If you are a parent, especially a wife and mother, your heart will be in your throat until the very end. Highly recommended.

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