Monday 1 August 2016

Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard

Thanks to Corvus and Catherine Howard, I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.......

Did she leave or was she taken?

Adam and Sarah have been together for over 10 years and are happy together.  Adam is a writer who's struggling to get the attention of anyone of a script he's writing but when he receives a call from someone who maybe interested in it, maybe his luck is about to change or is it??  Sarah is away in Barcelona on a conference with work and he can't wait until she returns to tell her his news but when Sarah fails to return from the trip but Sarah doesn't return.  He can't contact her either by phone or email, his life starts to fall apart.

A few days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads 'I'm sorry - S' sets off real alarm bells.  Adam goes to the police to report her missing but they don't seem to be too alarmed either as the line of questioning comes from the police, Adam must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah. As he digs deeper he is flabbergasted when he discovers that in fact Sarah wasn't on a business trip but in fact was on 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. It's a race against time and he vows to do whatever it takes to find her which means he must try to outsmart a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground...

WOW!!!  I didn't like Distress Signals, I absolutely LOVED it.  It was fantastic, a fast and furious read with all the tension included where at times I was afraid to move from my reading spot. I loved the way it was set between Cork and Barcelona. I can't believe that this is Catherine's debut novel, it was so well researched and cleverly written too with a hint of legal procedural thrown into the mix.  I'd HIGHLY recommend Distress Signals and can see this been on sun loungers and is definitely an ideal beach read but make sure you're not reading it whilst on a cruise.  I was never really into cruises before reading this but Catherine has definitely put me off cruises for life.  I'll be looking forward to reading more of Catherine's work and hopefully it won't be too long until it'll be upon us.

Distress Signals is only £0.98p on Kindle at the time of publication of this review (link below) so definitely grab it while you can, I can't recommend it enough, you won't be disappointed so don't say I never told you so!!!

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