Distress Signals: 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.
Also, 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.
He must too, try to outwit a predator, who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground.
I’ll say no more about the plot, but this is a cracking debut from an author, that I’ll be looking out for in the future.
An unexpected treat, which is highly recommended.
About the Author – Catherine Ryan Howard
Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982.
Her debut thriller , Distress Signals, is published in the UK and Ireland by Corvus/Atlantic and Australia.
It is published in New Zealand by Allen & Unwin.
It will be published in North America by Blackstone in November 2016.
Distress Signals was a bestseller in Ireland, upon its debut and was optioned for TV prior to publication by Jet Stone Media.
Before writing full-time, she was a campsite courier in France.
She was a travel administrator in the Netherlands and a front desk agent at a hotel in Walt Disney World, Florida.
She is currently studying English at Trinity College Dublin, and wants to be a NASA astronaut in the near future.
Comments made by the author at her book launch / stock signing trip:
“Seeing piles of the book in store, signing them, meeting with booksellers, it was all so much fun, if completely surreal. And then, on the very last stop, I notice that I’m piled high next to Harlan Coben’s new book, Fool Me Once”.
“This is the most surreal moment of the day, because Coben is my hero.
Back in 2007, when I was living in the Netherlands, I took a train to Paris and back on the same day, so I could attend a signing event he was doing in La Defense”.
“When I got to the top of the queue, I found that I couldn’t coherently speak.
I just kept smiling and nodding and let my friend Sheelagh, do the talking for both of us.
I was mortified, but hey, I’d met the great Harlan Coben, and I had my signed book.
Now, nine years later, I was looking at my book – my book?! – next to his!!
I put this on my personal Facebook and tagged him in it, and he left a comment on my post.”