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 …
“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
In Howard's solid first novel, Sarah O'Connell leaves Cork, Ireland, aboard the cruise ship Celebrate for a business meeting in Barcelona. When Sarah fails to return from her Mediterranean trip, boyfriend Adam Dunne, an aspiring screenwriter, begins to worry. No one, including her parents, is able to contact her. The ship's owner offers Adam little help. Then Adam receives a package with Sarah's passport and a note saying only "I'm sorry S." The Irish police manage to connect Sarah with a Celebrate crew member, Ethan Eckhart. Adam later makes contact with Peter Brazier, whose wife disappeared from the same ship a year earlier and who got a package exactly like Adam's. Adam and Peter book passage on the Celebrate to seek Ethan and demand answers. Two additional story lines that of a troubled French boy and of a ship housekeeper eventually connect with Adam's in surprising ways, as life and death aboard a cruise ship prove very mysterious indeed.
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Not in English
Downloaded the sample, it is not in English despite the cover and description being in English.