A USA Today and Irish Times Bestseller
Winner: Best Mystery, Independent Press Awards (USA) 2017
Shortlisted for Books Are My Bag Crime Novel of the Year 2016
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger 2017
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.
** Thank you to Blackstone Publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. **
So with Distress Signals (and trust me you couldn’t pay me a million pounds to get on a cruise ship right now) we hav ...more
There are different stories being told that somehow manage to dovetail together seamlessly. One is Adam ... his girlfriend disappeared on a cruise ship. The other is a mother, a crew member of the ...more
When Adam Dunne’s girlfriend Sarah doesn’t return from a business trip, he manages to track her last whereabouts to a Mediterranean cruise ship called the ...more
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 w ...more
This opened with my favorite type of prologue, just enough to get you curious about what lead to a dramatic event, but leaves enough to the imagination that you’re still utterly clueless.
Adam and Sarah have been together ten years, and things are going well for them. Or are they really? Adam has finally sold his script to a Hollywood production company and they finally have more breathing room financially. Then Sarah heads Barcelona for a wor ...more
Marketed with a tag line claiming to be "An Incredibly Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Twist You Won't See Coming", this debut thriller from Irish author Catherine Ryan Howard certainly lives up to the billing by virtue of it largely hanging on a little known element of maritime law. Opening with an intriguing prologue Distress Signals then segues into a was she taken or did she disappear thriller.. with thirty-year-old Adam Dunne always firmly one step behind the tail of his gir ...more
Adam and Sarah have been together for over 10 years. Adam's ambition is to be a writer and whilst he has been pursuing this dream Sarah has been the breadwinner. It’s been a struggle but finally life is looking better. Adam has a film studio interested in his script but it needs some editing. Sarah tells him that she has to go to Barcelona for a work conference for a few days, instead of going with her Adam stays home to work. He sees her off at the airport, goes home and waits for Sarah to ...more
The secondary mystery involves a mother and son and their dysfunctional relationship which is also resolved aboard the cruise ship.
The story is revealed through the three separate points of view, Ad ...more
Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors. I’m passionate about Irish Authors, as they supply us with an entertaining and exciting mix of books, so hopefully you will find something new to try. Today I’m featuring Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard which intrigued and confounded me .
Distress Signals kicks off with a girl who fails to return from a work trip and then sidelines us with a ...more
DISTRESS SIGNALS BY CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD
This Five Star Read was planted by the seed of the link I posted above. From an article of November,11, 2011 printed in The Guardian an article called "Lost at Sea". The article is a true story in the above link. The author has written a fascinating book of fiction which she uses her creative license in Distress Signals. Exceptions are if you are a United States citizen the FBI will investigate if you are pushed ov ...more
– Why did he jump? – Where did he jump? – Who’s after him? – Did he kill her? – Is he trying to escape? – If so, from who?
I think you get the gist of it.
I was so gripped by the prologue, I tweeted the author: “Only 6% into this book and I love it already, i ...more
Adam Dunne and Sarah O'Connell have been living together for almost a decade now. He is a screenwriter waiting for his 'big break'. She works in PR and supports them both. Adam has just received some good news and finally reaps some success from his writing.
When Sarah tells Adam she is flying to Barcelona for a conference, he doesn't think twice. After an initial message when she first arri ...more
Adam Dunne is worried sick when his girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a business trip in Barcelona. Days later, when her passport arrives at their home with a note stating “I’m Sorry- S”, Adam realizes that something is seriously wrong and vows to do whatever it takes to find her. As Adam investigates, he connects Sarah to a cruise ship and to another woman, Estelle, who went missing a year prior. Adam decides ...more
So why only three stars????
Expletives . . . Expletives . . . Expletives!
Just as too much salt spoils the broth, crass language spoils one's salt.
THREE *** Great Slow-Burning Suspense Thriller - Minus the Overindulgence of Salty Language *** STARS
Taking place largely on a cruise ship, and centered around the disappearance of Sarah, seemingly from a cruise ship, Distress Signals is a gripping thriller and one which has many twists and turns.
The story has multiple narratives, so we hear not just from Adam (Sarah's husband), who is desperately searching for his wife despite evidence pointing to the fact that she seems to have left him to go on a cruise with another man, and we also hear from Romain, growi ...more
Hooked from the very first page, where our narrator, Adam, is plunged into the dark depths of the sea I found myself needing to continue to read and discover. I loved the way this ...more
I haven’t seen many ratings yet in Goodreads and I can’t understand why. This is an excellent thriller, one that I feel I c ...more
A keen follower of Catherine Ryan Howard’s blog, I whipped up the chance to read her debut novel at the price of £1.99—a Kindle deal sadly over. Distress Signals holds a promising concept, with its unusual setting ...more
I had this book on my Kindle for a while, but to be honest I went into it not remembering the blurb at all. This was my second cruise themed read following the relatively disappointing The Woman in Cabin 10 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In the beginning the action was slow-paced and I thought this would be a boring mystery. I'm glad that I was wrong because eventually I grew completely hooked. One thing I truly appreciated about Catherine Ryan Howard's novel is the fact that it ...more
And the ending, I definitely did not see that coming. It was definitely mind boggling.
The Romain character I could definitely feel sorry for at first, but at the end, he proved that he did not deserve it. Such a sad stor ...more
I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was excited to read this. I enjoy murder mysteries and this book sounded right up my alley. Unfortunately it did not deliver. When read a murder mystery it's always important to right out an exciting beginning that way readers will read the whole book desperate for answers. Instead of this I found the beginning to be off putting. This is most likely just personal as many people have enjoyed ...more