Do Not Become Alarmed - The Barnes & Noble ReviewT hree well-heeled families are on holiday in Central America when all of their children go missing. Liv and Nora, thirtysomething cousins from LA, book themselves, husbands and kids onto a two-week cruise down the coast of Mexico and Central America. Once on board, they hook up with another family, wealthy Argentinians with two long-limbed, sporty teenagers. When the husbands go golfing for the day, the mothers take all six kids, aged six to 15, on an excursion. And yes, alarm bells are already ringing. First, Pedro the well-meaning but lamentably chilled tour guide crashes the car, leaving his charges shaken and marooned without a bus in sight. A few moments later, all six children are gone.
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Riverhead Books. The plan is to travel down the coasts of Mexico and Central America and do a turnaround at the Panama Canal. Cruise ships, those fun-house microcosms of society, offer rich and sometimes lurid settings to social observers. You cruise, these writers suggest, and fundamentally you lose. In recent years, she has composed a well-regarded trilogy of middle-grade novels, The Apothecary Series.
Maile Meloy’s thriller is a bait and switch in the best sense.
So here we are, boarding the ship with two young families. Together with their husbands and four young children, the women trade the bubble of their well-heeled lives in Los Angeles for the even more sheltered cocoon of the ship. Add to Bag. Watching them eat, Liv felt her mind relax, easing its calculation. Feeding children, even when you had all available resources, took so much planning and forethought.
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