Do Not Become Alarmed: A Novel

Editorial reviews

SF Gate : ‘Do Not Become Alarmed,’ by Maile Meloy (July 19, 2017)

In the end, the author leaves the reader with many questions about contemporary parenting: What is real fear? And what is manufactured fear? How do we measure our own pain against the others? Can we truly understand other people’s suffering and grief? Meloy doesn’t neatly answer all of these questions by the conclusion of her suspenseful novel, but she certainly leaves the reader a lot to think about.

The Guardian : Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy review – the children are missing (June 28, 2017)

All credit to Meloy’s glistening prose that every detail of this grisly scene is shudderingly convincing.

NPR : 2 Families Cruise Toward Catastrophe In 'Do Not Become Alarmed' (June 15, 2017)

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.

Bookreporter : Do Not Become Alarmed (June 09, 2017)

You won’t want to take a cruise after reading DO NOT BECOME ALARMED.... Enjoy this scary trip vicariously.

The New York Times : Soft Children Confront a Hard World in Maile Meloy’s New Novel (June 06, 2017)

It’s an earnest and surprisingly generic children-in-jeopardy novel, one that makes few demands on us and doesn’t deliver much, either.

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