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
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.
Will Hurley was an attractive, charming, and impressive student at Dublin's elite St. John's College-and Ireland's most prolific serial killer. Having stalked his five young victims, he drowned them in the muddy waters of the Grand Canal. Sentenced to life imprisonment when he was just nineteen, Will is locked away in the city's Central Psychiatric Hospital.
Freshman Alison Smith moved to the Big Smoke to enroll in St. John's and soon fell hard for Will Hurley. Her world bloomed ... and then imploded when Liz, her best friend, became the latest victim of the Canal Killer-and the Canal Killer turned out to be the boy who'd been sleeping in her bed. Alison fled to the Netherlands and, in ten years, has never once looked back.
When a young woman's body is found in the Grand Canal, Garda detectives visit Will to see if he can assist them in solving what looks like a copycat killing. Instead, Will tells them he has something new to confess-but there's only one person he's prepared to confess it to.
The last thing Alison wants is to be pulled back into the past she's worked so hard to leave behind. Reluctantly, she returns to the city she hasn't set foot in for more than a decade to face the man who murdered the woman she was supposed to become.
Only to discover that, until now, Will has left out the worst part of all ...
"An absolute belter of a book...[A] stand-out book in the thriller genre. Real and sympathetic characters, a flawlessly paced plot and a genuinely original premise." -Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author
"Read The Liar's Girl with the lights on. A thrilling whodunit with a shocking final twist." -A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author
"The Liar's Girl is an addictive page-turner that...ladles out the suspense like spoonfuls of sugar, building to a heady rush of tension-and a heartbreaking final twist in the tale." -Jo Furniss, author of the bestselling All the Little Children
"Slick, smart, and stylish suspense. Characters so real I felt I knew them personally, a plot so taut it squeaked, and deeply poignant nods to the loss of innocence that every teenager craves and despairs. Really clever." -Holly Seddon, USA Today bestselling author