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The acclaimed debut thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Liar’s Girl and 56 Days
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.

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Runtime

11h 43m

Release

02-02-17

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Thrillers

Runtime

11h 43m

Release

02-02-17

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Thrillers

Description

The acclaimed debut thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Liar’s Girl and 56 Days

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.

Praise

A highly confident and accomplished debut novel, impeccably sustained, with not a false note.” Irish Times (Dublin)

“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 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

“A gripping, smart, and fast-moving read…[that will] immerse you in the fascinating world of cruise ships and the mysterious, perfect crimes committed at sea. The compelling mystery at the heart of this debut novel is engrossing, and Catherine Howard’s clever plotting makes this a terrific debut.” Christine Carbo, author of Mortal Fall

“Howard weaves an intricate web of suspense chapter by chapter…and before you know it, you’re trapped inside.” Brian Freeman, bestselling author of Goodbye to the Dead

“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

“I loved the voice…[An] engaging, unusual, and believable thriller.” Sinéad Crowley, bestselling author of Can Anybody Help Me?

“I loved this book, it hooked from the beginning and didn’t let go. It was so easy to read, I finished it within a day of starting it. The pace was really good as it kept the story constantly moving along. The characters felt real and so did the situation. It kept me guessing and had me coming up with different theories as to what was going on. It’s not a dark thriller, unless of course you are a regular cruise goer with a vivid imagination. I thoroughly recommend it to thriller/mystery lovers and will definitely be looking out for the author’s next book.” The Secret Library

Distress Signals is a well-written, page-turning read, with a number of red herrings and some surprise plot twists…An engaging thriller written with authenticity and aplomb from a writer who knows her craft, and who clearly has a bright future.” Books Ireland

“Atmospheric, character driven, and cleverly plotted, Distress Signals had me hooked from the very start and captivated me until the final reveal. I loved the setting, which added a claustrophobic feel to the story, and threw Adam an extra curveball when his back was already up against the wall and his world as he knew it had gone up in flames. Adam’s despair was tangible on every page, adding that emotional connection that kept me reading much too late into the night.” But Books Are Better

Distress Signals is a debut novel that packs a wallop of a punch…[a] complex plot…perfectly executed…page turning and twisty.” It’s Book Talk

“This one is a standout and one I can highly recommend for fans of the genre.” Novel Gossip

“An excellent debut thriller which may give cruising executives some sleepless nights.” Irish Independent (Dublin)

“Highly recommended to thriller fans.” The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

“[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

“[A] solid first novel…Life and death aboard a cruise ship prove very mysterious indeed.” Publishers Weekly

“Brimming with suspense and plot twists you’ll never see coming.” Pop Culture Nerd

“Clever and compulsive.” Irish Examiner (Ireland)

“Alan Smyth narrated Adam’s confusion, desperation, and determination brilliantly. Bronson Pinchot and Suzanne Toren narrate the dual story line that keeps you just as invested as the major story going on to the heartbreaking end. A superb listen.” Under the Boardwalk (audio review)

“This novel has become one of my favorite psychological thrillers to date…Catherine Ryan Howard went outside the box and really brought a unique and interesting setting to Distress Signals…I absolutely loved, loved, LOVED this book, I cannot recommend it highly enough!” Rose Reviews

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Catherine Ryan Howard

Author Biography

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.

Alan Smyth

Narrator Biography

Alan Smyth, an audiobook narrator, has worked as a professional actor for more than fifteen years. He has toured extensively in Ireland and the United States and has worked with such companies as the BBC, Paramount Pictures, and Showtime Productions.

Bronson Pinchot

Narrator Biography

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for several audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.

Suzanne Toren

Narrator Biography

Suzanne Toren, award-winning narrator, has over thirty years of experience in narration. She was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. She has won the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year, AudioFile magazine named her the 2009 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture, and she is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards. She performs on and off Broadway and in regional theaters and has appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.