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Do not Become Alarmed – Maile Meloy ~Blog Tour.

Do not become alarmed

 

Back of the book :

When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ships 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 ships 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 now turning on one another and blaming themselves – try to recover their children and their shattered lives.

 

What I think : 

Cousins Liv and Nora have taken their husbands and Kids on a winter cruise around South America. Nora had recently lost her mother and really didn’t want to spend Christmas at home, so Liv suggested that they all take a cruise. So Nora’s Husband Raymond and kids Marcus and June, join Liv and her husband Ben and their children Sebastian and penny on a trip of a lifetime.

At first everything seems to be brilliant, the rooms are spotlessly clean and very posh, there is plenty to do and lots of trips to take when they stop off at each place. They even make friends with a Argentinian family – Guntha, Camilla and their children. Everything is good. Then a few days into the trip, small disasters start to happen, a tire blow-out on a day trip, then a car accident.  Its whilst they’re waiting for assistance, after the car accident, that they decide to visit a beach that is close by.  Then the kids go missing …

At first, the kids forget about the tide coming up fast, they think it’ll be ok, they’ll just wait for their parents to realise and someone will come find them. But then the whole thing takes a sinister turn ….

I must admit,I really wasn’t sure about this book when I first started reading, its really not your normal crime novel, in as much that you know exactly whats going on at all times. You know whats going on with the kids and how they go missing and what happens throughout. Usually in Thrillers/crime novels you only find out what and why right at the end.

Its also quite slow to get going, but do stick with it, because all of a sudden you jump straight into the main bit of the story and it really gets going.

The characters weren’t your normal ‘everyday’ people, I’m mean for instance, Nora’s husband is some sort of TV star and Liv herself is a programme director !

I really didn’t like either women much, when the kids go ‘missing’ Nora is off with the tour guide somewhere in a bush, doing heaven knows what and liv has fallen asleep, so neither of them were taking any notice of what their kids were up to. This lays the path for them to start turning on each other, each blaming the other for what has happened.

Like I said earlier, this is not your average thriller/crime novel but it is a very interesting way to see all perspectives and because of that it has stuck in my mind.

I give this one 8/10 (4 stars)

four-stars

Published on 06/07/17 by Viking (Penguin)

A big Thank you to Josie Murdoch for the review copy of the book

 

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Back of the book : 

A girl has gone missing, you’ve never met her, but, you’re to blame. 

Food writer Estelle Forster has the perfect life. And with her first book on the way, its about to get even better.

When Estelle hears about Poppy O’farrell’s disappearance, she assumes that girl has simply ran away. But Estelle’s world crumbles when she’s sent a photo of Poppy along with a terrifying note : I’m watching you. I know everything about you.

Estelle has no idea who’s threatening her, of how she’s connected to the missing teen, but she thinks the answers lie in the coastal town she once called home, and the past she hoped was long behind her.

Estelle knows she must do everything to find Poppy. But how far will she go to hide the truth – that her perfect life was a perfect lie.

 

What I think : 

Estelle has a wonderful life, A perfect boyfriend, and book coming out soon ..

When a young girl goes missing, she thinks nothing of it. She doesn’t know Poppy O’farrell, and anyway she ran away from home didn’t she ?

Then, on the evening of a dinner party she receives a bunch of flowers, some poppys. At first she thinks they are from well-wisher, but then she receives a photo of the missing girl in something she has ordered. There is also chilling message written on the photo, it’s then that Estelle’s past comes rushing back and she realises she must revisit that past.

Estelle still has no idea how she is connected to the missing girl, however its plain that someone from her past does …

Estelle travels back to the seaside town she spent her teenage years to see if she can find the answers there.

Can she help find the missing teenager without revealing her past … ?

 

I really quite liked this one, although it is a bit of a slower burner at the start, it really doesn’t get going for quite a while.  I also liked the way that there was small paragraphs from the point of view of the person sending the photo’s etc, it lets you know exactly how that person was feeling at that time.

The characters are pretty well written although I did find Estelle’s foster parents quite irritating and I think that they must have been the most unhealthy people in that small town with all the fry-ups that they ate ! Im really not surprised that Estelle had a eating disorder, although I do think that the author should  have covered it more than the small paragraph s here and there referring to it.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this book and a huge twist at the the end. It does shape up to be quite a good thriller in the end after its slow start.

I give this one 8/10. (4 Stars)
four-stars

 

Published by Avon on 29/06/17.

A huge thanks to Sabah Khan at Avon for the review copy of the book.

And Here for your reading pleasure is a small extract from the book.

Extract: 

I see you standing there. Can you sense me watching you?
You’re usually so good at hiding your feelings. Not now though.
You look so sad. So confused.
I ought to feel guilty. And yes, it oozes at the back of my mind, briefly. But it doesn’t take much to shut it down.
You deserve this, after all.
You told me you felt like this when they put you into care. Like you were helpless on a stormy sea. But then Autumn and Max came along, your anchors.
Well, they’re not here for you now, are they?
So maybe you’ll drown.
And then you’d be really pure, not just covering up the filth inside like you’re doing now with grown-up dresses and pretty hair.
But clean inside and out, just like you told me you wanted to be.
And then you’ll realise what you’ve done.
You’ll understand why I’m doing what I’m doing.
To save you, in a way. To save all of us