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Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard
  

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Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017.

When Adam's girlfriend fails to return from a business trip, he sets out to find her - putting him on a collision course with a deadly predator. A deeply compelling, cleverly plotted thriller in the vein of The Girl on the Train and I Let You Go.

Synopsis

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

Did she leave, or was she taken? The day Adam Dunne's girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads 'I'm sorry - S' sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her. Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called the Celebrate - and to a woman, Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances almost exactly a year before. To get the answers, Adam must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah. He must do things of which he never thought himself capable. And he must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground...

Reviews

'Distress Signals is a highly confident and accomplished debut novel, impeccably sustained, with not a false note. The exploration of the often murky backstage workings of the luxury liner world is fascinating, and there is a psychologically acute portrait of a killer that is genuinely moving. We will hear a great deal more of this author.' Irish Times

'A debut novel with a cracking plot and satisfyingly eerie writing throughout.' Woman's Way magazine

'This is Catherine Ryan Howard's debut thriller, and what a tense, tight, original page turner she's delivered...Writing a thriller which doesn't leave readers with a sense of deja vu isn't easy these days, but Catherine Ryan Howard has managed it triumphantly. Definitely a new, exciting and original author to watch.' Sunday Independent

'Catherine Ryan Howard is an astonishing new voice in thriller writing. Make sure the children are fed, the cat is out and the box set is finished before you pick up Distress Signals because it will have to be wrenched from your hands before you will notice the world again. Pacy, suspenseful and intriguing, I highly recommend it for a top class page turning read.' Liz Nugent, author of 2014 IBA Crime Novel of the Year for Unravelling Oliver

'I loved the voice and the Cork setting - an engaging, unusual and believable thriller.' Sinead Crowley, bestselling author of Are You Watching Me?

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland. Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as a front desk agent in Walt Disney World, Florida, and most recently was a social media marketer for a major publisher. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin.

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Publication date

5th January 2017

Author

Catherine Ryan Howard

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Publisher

Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
368 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781782398400

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