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Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel by [Meloy, Maile]
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“Meloy is a subtle and sophisticated writer…Meloy pokes around in some profound subject matter…[her] portrait of well-meaning but still ugly Americans resonates.” —New York Times

“A very smart work of literary fiction… Meloy is such a deft writer that she keeps the adventure plot whizzing along even as she deepens our sense of the characters and the unfamiliar culture they have to navigate.” Fresh Air, NPR

“[Do Not Become Alarmed has] characters that are fully rendered and original, and writing that is beautifully spare and understated...while feeding us high drama.” Los Angeles Review of Books

“[Meloy delivers] a wild, propulsive plot with tight prose and a constant current of suspense. It’s a thrilling novel, well constructed and hard to put down, a sharp reminder that the tide can take us anywhere, even when the water looks fine.” —Los Angeles Times

“[For summer reading] I’ll want a book that’s thrilling and artful, a true page-turner that will leave me feeling smart, so I’ll read Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed.” —Ann Patchett in The Washington Post

“Meloy reels you into the story with her cool and fluid prose.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“Our advice: Don’t read Maile Meloy’s new adrenaline-driven thriller of class, race, and disappeared children after dark… Do Not Become Alarmed will keep you up all night, compelled by the book’s twisty plot and seductive, tightly wound suspense.” —Elle

“This summer’s undoubtable smash hit… an addictive, heart-palpitating story.” —Marie Claire

“If there is one must-read book this summer, this is it.” —Real Simple

“Seen on pool loungers and beach towels from Nantucket to Santa Monica since the hardcover's debut in June, this thriller has become the page-turner of summer 2017.” —Forbes

“Enthralling and terrifying.” —Town & Country

"Fast-paced [and] engrossing." —People Magazine

“A heart-racing tale.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

Stressful and yet still sexy, complete with jaw-droppingly beautiful imagery.” –Glamour

“A taut, nervy thriller…Meloy has a keenly intuitive ear for family dynamics, first-world privilege, and all the ways that human nature can adapt to the unthinkable.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A marital reboot becomes a zip line to disaster in Maile Meloy’s holiday cruise-set thriller Do Not Become Alarmed, in which the children’s moral complexity outstrips that of their parents.” —Vogue

"Seen on pool loungers and beach towels since June, this thriller has become the page-turner of summer 2017." –Forbes

“Meloy, whose short stories were the basis of last year’s indie film Certain Women, writes a tense book in her signature sparing prose, and may have the book of the summer on her hands.”  —Conde Nast Traveler

“The tension will keep your heart racing with every page, as you become increasingly invested in the uncertain fate of each narrator.” —InStyle

“Glides along with a clarity that’s almost uncanny… readers of Do Not Become Alarmed get Meloy’s warmth and her even-tempered, protean imagination. Her view of human nature is almost Olympian in its refusal to take sides, in the consideration it affords to characters who would be mere bit players in a more conventional work. This novel is a bait and switch in the best possible sense. It promises readers easy-to-identify-with protagonists in a pair of mothers going through a parent’s worst nightmare. Then it presents them with so much more, a richer, broader palette of people to believe in and to understand.” —Slate 

“[A] smart, suspenseful page-turner.” W Magazine

“'Page-turner' would be an understatement.” Travel & Leisure

“This book is smarter than your average thriller.” —Fodor's

“Nothing pairs better with summer than a suspense that will keep you guessing (especially when it involves a cruise ship). The pulse-inducing unputdownable tale about the disappearance of four children on a family cruise, Do Not Become Alarmed is a powerful suspense that will leave readers asking themselves if family truly keeps us safe.” Redbook 

“This is one of those can’t-stop-turning-the-pages novels, which quickly reveals itself to be something more than a page-turner… [Meloy] writes with breathless tension yet lets her characters breathe; you believe these children and their desperate parents, and find yourself utterly entrenched in their fate.” Seattle Times

“An original, expansive story that is memorable and vibrant…Throughout all of this propulsive action, Meloy’s ability to write about children and teenagers shines on the page. Their authentic dialogue and observations produce illuminated pockets of insights and innocence amid the escalating chaos.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“[An] intelligent thriller [with] a dramatic high-stakes plot.” —Newsday

“[A] fast-paced thriller.” —Houston Chronicle

“A suspenseful mystery.” —The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Ambitious…the deft plotting of this literary thriller unfolds like a journey through a maze in the dark.” –Portland Press Herald

“It features taut prose and timely explorations of privilege, race, and parenthood.” —San Diego Magazine

“Riveting…Meloy’s well-crafted, suspenseful tale…is amplified by issues of class and race.” Tampa Bay Times

“Rapid and absorbing.” –Harvard Magazine

"[A] well-written, suspenseful story… that makes for an irresistible summer read.” —Deseret News

"In Do Not Become Alarmed, Meloy has harnessed [her] gift for writing from diverse perspectives tenderly and intimately... this novel is a moral reckoning for our time, our culture, and our Cali-king-sized American dream." —Southeast Review

Do Not Become Alarmed
 is not only ripe with tension, it’s also a terrific character study.” Myrtle Beach Online
 

"[A] relentless new thriller...[Meloy has a] talent for crafting high-tension fiction that compels readers to turn the page." —Paste Magazine

“This is a book you won't be able to resist finishing in one sitting.” —Bustle

“Thrillers are having a moment right now, and Do Not Become Alarmed is at the top of our list... We didn’t know it was possible to be so moved and feel such intense suspense at the same time.” —HelloGiggles
 
“For thriller fans, the novel by Maile Meloy is the perfect summer pick…so realistic and gripping.” —Catapult 

“[A] tale that will have you reading all night long...Meloy ratchets up the suspense until you’ll beg her to tell you what happens. She does, at the end of the book. Don’t skip ahead. You’ll be sorry if you do.” –20somethingreads 

“A highly anticipated new book…Though it’s a thriller, it also addresses race, privilege, the uncertainty modern parents feel in raising the ‘perfect’ child, and what it matters most in life.” NerdHQ

“The plot unfolds with terrifying realism… This writer can apparently do it all—New Yorker stories, children's books, award-winning literary novels, and now, a tautly plotted and culturally savvy emotional thriller. Do not start this book after dinner or you will almost certainly be up all night.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Ominous, addictive… In crafting this high-stakes page-turner, Meloy excels as a master of suspense.” —Publishers Weekly

“It's Meloy's razor-sharp execution that makes the book unforgettable. Spellbinding, terrifying and keenly observed, this one checks all our boxes for a can't-put-it-down, addictive read.” –BookPage 

“A taut, gripping thriller…[an] entertaining examination of privileged, modern families.” —Library Journal

“[A] propulsive drama…infusing literary fiction with criminality and terror in a mode similar to that of Ann Patchett and Hannah Tinti, Meloy compounds the suspense in this gripping and incisive tale by orchestrating a profoundly wrenching shift in perspective, and morality, as well-meaning tourists face the dark realities of a complex place they viewed merely as a playground. Meloy’s commanding, heart-revving, and thought-provoking novel has enormous power and appeal.” —Booklist, starred review

“Meloy’s writing is literary but also page-turnery (my highest compliment), and Do Not Become Alarmed, about a vacation gone awry, promises to be both.” –Parnassus Musing

"Gripping...[Do Not Become Alarmed] is one of those books that you will stay up late to read." –Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers on PBS NewsHour

"This is the book that every reader longs for: smart and thrilling and impossible to put down. Read it once at breakneck speed to find out what happens next, and then read it slowly to marvel at the perfect prose and the masterwork of a plot. It is an alarmingly good novel."Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth, State of Wonder, and Bel Canto

"Here is that perfect combination of a luminous writer and a big, page-turning story. This hugely suspenseful novel will speak to anyone who has ever felt responsible for keeping a loved one safe, whether it was a child, a partner, a parent, or a friend. Meloy's characters—the adults and the children—feel to me like real, living people I'll never forget." —Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary

About the Author

“Meloy is a subtle and sophisticated writer…Meloy pokes around in some profound subject matter…[her] portrait of well-meaning but still ugly Americans resonates.” —New York Times

“A very smart work of literary fiction… Meloy is such a deft writer that she keeps the adventure plot whizzing along even as she deepens our sense of the characters and the unfamiliar culture they have to navigate.” Fresh Air, NPR

“[Do Not Become Alarmed has] characters that are fully rendered and original, and writing that is beautifully spare and understated...while feeding us high drama, Meloy also encourages serious reflection — on race and privilege, sex in marriage, what it means to be an American, the innate resilience and resourcefulness of children, and particularly, on the limits of parental power.” Los Angeles Review of Books

“[Meloy delivers] a wild, propulsive plot with tight prose and a constant current of suspense. It’s a thrilling novel, well constructed and hard to put down, a sharp reminder that the tide can take us anywhere, even when the water looks fine.” —Los Angeles Times

“[For summer reading] I’ll want a book that’s thrilling and artful, a true page-turner that will leave me feeling smart, so I’ll read Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed.” —Ann Patchett in The Washington Post

“Our advice: Don’t read Maile Meloy’s new adrenaline-driven thriller of class, race, and disappeared children after dark… Do Not Become Alarmed will keep you up all night, compelled by the book’s twisty plot and seductive, tightly wound suspense.” —Elle

“This summer’s undoubtable smash hit… an addictive, heart-palpitating story.” —Marie Claire

“Enthralling and terrifying.” —Town & Country

"Fast-paced [and] engrossing." —People Magazine

“A heart-racing tale.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

Stressful and yet still sexy, complete with jaw-droppingly beautiful imagery.” –Glamour

“A taut, nervy thriller…Meloy has a keenly intuitive ear for family dynamics, first-world privilege, and all the ways that human nature can adapt to the unthinkable.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A marital reboot becomes a zip line to disaster in Maile Meloy’s holiday cruise-set thriller Do Not Become Alarmed, in which the children’s moral complexity outstrips that of their parents.” —Vogue

“Meloy, whose short stories were the basis of last year’s indie film Certain Women, writes a tense book in her signature sparing prose, and may have the book of the summer on her hands.”  —Conde Nast Traveler

“The tension will keep your heart racing with every page, as you become increasingly invested in the uncertain fate of each narrator.” —InStyle

“Glides along with a clarity that’s almost uncanny… readers of Do Not Become Alarmed get Meloy’s warmth and her even-tempered, protean imagination. Her view of human nature is almost Olympian in its refusal to take sides, in the consideration it affords to characters who would be mere bit players in a more conventional work. This novel is a bait and switch in the best possible sense. It promises readers easy-to-identify-with protagonists in a pair of mothers going through a parent’s worst nightmare. Then it presents them with so much more, a richer, broader palette of people to believe in and to understand.” —Slate 

“[A] smart, suspenseful page-turner.” W Magazine

“'Page-turner' would be an understatement.” Travel & Leisure

“This book is smarter than your average thriller.” —Fodor's

“Nothing pairs better with summer than a suspense that will keep you guessing (especially when it involves a cruise ship). The pulse-inducing unputdownable tale about the disappearance of four children on a family cruise, Do Not Become Alarmed is a powerful suspense that will leave readers asking themselves if family truly keeps us safe.” Redbook 

“This is one of those can’t-stop-turning-the-pages novels, which quickly reveals itself to be something more than a page-turner… [Meloy] writes with breathless tension yet lets her characters breathe; you believe these children and their desperate parents, and find yourself utterly entrenched in their fate.” Seattle Times

“An original, expansive story that is memorable and vibrant…Throughout all of this propulsive action, Meloy’s ability to write about children and teenagers shines on the page. Their authentic dialogue and observations produce illuminated pockets of insights and innocence amid the escalating chaos.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“[An] intelligent thriller [with] a dramatic high-stakes plot.” —Newsday

“[A] fast-paced thriller.” —Houston Chronicle

“A suspenseful mystery.” —The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Ambitious…the deft plotting of this literary thriller unfolds like a journey through a maze in the dark.” –Portland Press Herald

“It features taut prose and timely explorations of privilege, race, and parenthood.” —San Diego Magazine

“Riveting…Meloy’s well-crafted, suspenseful tale…is amplified by issues of class and race.” Tampa Bay Times

“Rapid and absorbing.” –Harvard Magazine

"[A] well-written, suspenseful story… that makes for an irresistible summer read.” —Deseret News

"In Do Not Become Alarmed, Meloy has harnessed [her] gift for writing from diverse perspectives tenderly and intimately... this novel is a moral reckoning for our time, our culture, and our Cali-king-sized American dream." —Southeast Review

Do Not Become Alarmed
 is not only ripe with tension, it’s also a terrific character study.” Myrtle Beach Online
 

"[A] relentless new thriller...[Meloy has a] talent for crafting high-tension fiction that compels readers to turn the page." —Paste Magazine

“This is a book you won't be able to resist finishing in one sitting.” —Bustle

“Thrillers are having a moment right now, and Do Not Become Alarmed is at the top of our list... We didn’t know it was possible to be so moved and feel such intense suspense at the same time.” —HelloGiggles
 
“For thriller fans, the novel by Maile Meloy is the perfect summer pick…so realistic and gripping.” —Catapult 

“[A] tale that will have you reading all night long...Meloy ratchets up the suspense until you’ll beg her to tell you what happens. She does, at the end of the book. Don’t skip ahead. You’ll be sorry if you do.” –20somethingreads 

“A highly anticipated new book…Though it’s a thriller, it also addresses race, privilege, the uncertainty modern parents feel in raising the ‘perfect’ child, and what it matters most in life.” NerdHQ

“The plot unfolds with terrifying realism… This writer can apparently do it all—New Yorker stories, children's books, award-winning literary novels, and now, a tautly plotted and culturally savvy emotional thriller. Do not start this book after dinner or you will almost certainly be up all night.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Ominous, addictive… In crafting this high-stakes page-turner, Meloy excels as a master of suspense.” —Publishers Weekly

“It's Meloy's razor-sharp execution that makes the book unforgettable. Spellbinding, terrifying and keenly observed, this one checks all our boxes for a can't-put-it-down, addictive read.” –BookPage 

“A taut, gripping thriller…[an] entertaining examination of privileged, modern families.” —Library Journal

“[A] propulsive drama…infusing literary fiction with criminality and terror in a mode similar to that of Ann Patchett and Hannah Tinti, Meloy compounds the suspense in this gripping and incisive tale by orchestrating a profoundly wrenching shift in perspective, and morality, as well-meaning tourists face the dark realities of a complex place they viewed merely as a playground. Meloy’s commanding, heart-revving, and thought-provoking novel has enormous power and appeal.” —Booklist, starred review

“Meloy’s writing is literary but also page-turnery (my highest compliment), and Do Not Become Alarmed, about a vacation gone awry, promises to be both.” –Parnassus Musing

"Gripping...[Do Not Become Alarmed] is one of those books that you will stay up late to read." –Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers and The Vacationers on PBS NewsHour

"This is the book that every reader longs for: smart and thrilling and impossible to put down. Read it once at breakneck speed to find out what happens next, and then read it slowly to marvel at the perfect prose and the masterwork of a plot. It is an alarmingly good novel."Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth, State of Wonder, and Bel Canto

"Here is that perfect combination of a luminous writer and a big, page-turning story. This hugely suspenseful novel will speak to anyone who has ever felt responsible for keeping a loved one safe, whether it was a child, a partner, a parent, or a friend. Meloy's characters—the adults and the children—feel to me like real, living people I'll never forget." —Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones's Diary

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  • File Size: 1246 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0241305462
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (June 6, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2017
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N0GZ0MQ
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