“A highly confident and accomplished debut novel, impeccably sustained, with not a false note.” —Irish Times (Dublin)
A debut thriller that channels Gone Girl, from the newest writer to watch, Catherine Ryan Howard
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.
“This exceptionally well-crafted and compelling read is very highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library general fiction collections.” —Midwest Book Review
“An excellent debut thriller which may give cruising executives some sleepless nights.” —Irish Independent (Dublin)
“[Howard] writes with complete command of language, plot, and the thriller genre.” —Shelf Awareness
"[A] fast-paced debut thriller…Hold on, you’re in for a wild ride…The setting—on a Mediterranean cruise ship—will leave some vacationing listeners delightfully ill-at-ease.” —BookPage
Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland. Her debut thriller, Distress Signals, was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller and was short-listed for the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Her second novel, The Liar’s Girl, was a finalist for the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Novel. Her most recent novel, The Nothing Man, was a #1 bestseller in her native Ireland. She lives in Dublin.