Distress Signals: An Incredibly Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Twist You Won’t See Coming by Catherine Ryan Howard


Book Description:

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…

My Thoughts:

I had added this book to my wish list after hearing some great things about it from fellow bloggers. Having finally getting round to buying myself a copy and reading it, I can now understand what all the fuss was about.

This is one of those stories that has quite a dramatic start and then we go back to events leading up to where the main character finds themselves. Doing this the author ensures that she has the readers attention straight away.

The story also, though mainly told from Adam’s point of view, flicks between Adam and someone called Romi (Romain). I had no idea where Romi fitted in with the story line. Most of his story is told as he is growing up and I have to say it does make for some emotional reading. I would have loved a whole novel dedicated solely to his character as I was instantly drawn to him.

Adam is someone on the brink of hitting the big time. He has been so wrapped up in his work that he has slightly neglected his girlfriend of ten years, Sarah. When she goes missing though he is frantic as she has been the one to hold him together and look after him, there is also no doubting that he loves her very much.

Due to the circumstances of Sarah’s disappearance, the Garda don’t take it seriously and are reluctant to putting any effort into finding her so it is left to Adam to play detective to try and solve things.

Distress Signals is a gripping psychological thriller that certainly kept me guessing right up until the very end. It certainly holds plenty of surprises for the reader and I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough to see what was going to happen next. Will certainly read more books by this author.

My rating 4.5/5 stars, Goodreads 4/5 stars.

Distress Signals is available to purchase from Amazon.

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