I’m very pleased to be rounding off an incredible blog tour for Do Not Become Alarmed! if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the other blog stops as seen in the banner above. With that being said, here’s what I thought of the book!
Title: Do Not Become Alarmed
Author: Maile Meloy
Published: July 6th 2017
Genre: Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Source: Paperback from the publisher
Book Blurb (Goodreads):
What if Adam had taken the first bite?
Welcome to Withering, a small town with a big problem in modern, matriarchal Britain. Here the women are in charge while the men hold the handbags.
There’s a serial strangler on the loose and the bodies of teenage boys are piling up on maverick D.C.I. Jane Wayne’s patch.
She needs to catch ‘The Withering Wringer’, but it’s not going to be easy. Demoted for her inappropriate behaviour, she must take orders from a man – and not just any man – an ugly one.
Still, at least she can rely on her drug stash from a recent police raid to keep her sane…
Every now and then I like to take a break from reading young adult literature and read something a little more dark, a little more disturbing. When this book dropped into my hands, I was excited to see the journey that it was about to take me on. A family cruise in a tropical climate is asking for trouble in the thriller genre and I was eager to dive in and see what troubles lay ahead.
I’ll admit that I found this a bit slow to begin with. None of the characters really attracted me and I found it a bit dull, to be honest. When the children disappear and things start going from bad to worse, I found myself more and more engrossed as things progressed. It’s definitely worth sticking through the humdrum of the beginning to get to the good stuff.
Even when I finished, I didn’t particularly like any of the adults, or the kids for that matter. I found all of them to be really grating. Granted, they were posh, rich families so they had the air of the hoity-toity about them but I found it really hard to sympathise with them a lot of the time.
The journey that the kids took was quite the ride. It was astonishing to see just how quickly things could go horribly wrong as they tried their hardest to find their way back to their parents. I did like the dual perspective – seeing things from both the parents and the kids made the story that much richer. The added third perspective seemed a little thrown in there for the sake of having a side character with a single purpose. It probably could have done without them, to be honest.
Overall, while it had a slow start, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would recommend it to others that love the thriller/mystery genre and are not averse to more mature themes such as graphic sexual content, rape, and murder. It’s very explicit at times and I wouldn’t say that it’s for everyone.
A summer holiday gone horribly wrong, every parent’s worst nightmare come true, this book will leave you glad to be safe at home.
About the Author
Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It (named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review), and the award-winning Apothecary trilogy for young readers. She has received the PEN/Malamud Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. Her new novel for adults, Do Not Become Alarmed, will be published June 6, 2017.
*Picture and Biography from Goodreads