Do Not Become Alarmed
When Liv and Nora decide to take their husbands and children on a holiday cruise, everyone is thrilled. The ship's 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 ship's 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 turning on one another and blaming themselves - try to recover their children and their shattered lives.
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 like real, living people I'll never forget -- Helen Fielding 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 [Meloy is] a wise and astonishing conjurer of convincing realities New Yorker Meloy's style is as fresh and brisk as an ocean breeze Sunday Times Her characters are drawn sparingly, but they leap off the page New York Times Wise, witty, and beautifully written ... a literary novel you don't want to put down -- Helen Fielding on 'Liars and Saints' She's such a talented and unpredictable writer that I'm officially joining her fan club; whatever she writes next, I'll gladly read it -- Curtis Sittenfeld Meloy writes wonderfully well Guardian Somehow she pulls off what never quite seemed possible before: combining the meticulous realism of domestic fiction with the witchery of a natural-born storyteller New York Times Always true to her wide-ranging though consistently introspective characters, Meloy convincingly depicts the inchoate emotion that drives people, while also distilling meaning from it Atlantic Meloy has such a sure handle in what to leave out. Her style is impressively unshowy: it's not even showily unshowy, not seeing the need to draw attention to its pared-down restraint London Review of Books Maile Meloy writes with both fearlessness and true compassion -- Ann Patchett on 'Liars and Saints' The quiet, unastonished precision with which Maile Meloy depicts the extent to which everything now goes haywire in so-called ordinary American life is an impressive achievement, literary and otherwise -- Philip Roth on 'Liars and Saints' Ominous, addictive...In crafting this high-stakes page-turner, Meloy excels as a master of suspense Publisher's Weekly Do not start this book after dinner or you will almost certainly be up all night Kirkus Reviews
Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints (which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and chosen for the Richard and Judy book club) and A Family Daughter, the short-story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, 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. She lives in Los Angeles.