Distress Signals

Blackstone Publishing
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An Amazon Rising Star Best Debut Novel 2016 (UK edition) and Shortlisted for the IBA Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016

A debut thriller that channels Gone Girl, from a new writer to watch ...

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 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 ...

"A gripping, smart, and fast-moving read...Catherine Howard's clever plotting makes this a terrific debut."-Christine Carbo, bestselling author of Mortal Fall

"Howard weaves an intricate web of suspense chapter by chapter...and before you know it, you're trapped inside."-Brian Freeman, bestselling author of Goodbye to the Dead

"An exhilarating debut thriller from a hugely talented author. Distress Signals is fast-paced, twisty, and an absolute joy to read."-Mark Edwards, bestselling author of The Magpies

"Pacey, suspenseful, and intriguing...[A] top-class, page-turning read. Catherine Ryan Howard is an astonishing new voice in thriller writing."-Liz Nugent, author of Unraveling Oliver

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About the author

Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland. Her debut thriller, Distress Signals, was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic and was short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year. The Irish Times called it "impeccably sustained...with not a false note." Catherine lives in Dublin, where she is currently studying at Trinity College.

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Publisher
Blackstone Publishing
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Published on
Feb 2, 2017
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781504772563
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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