Distress Signals (Catherine Ryan Howard)

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Catherine Ryan Howard
Corvus
2016
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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…

So, let’s talk about unputdownable books. Distress Signals was definitely one. This morning I was about to finish it when I unfortunately got to my train stop. I actually considered being late for work in order to continue reading and I’ve spend all day thinking about it, so I obviously rushed to read the last few pages when I left the office.

I haven’t seen many ratings yet in Goodreads and I can’t understand why. This is an excellent thriller, one that I feel I can recommend to anyone (and I’m sure they’d love it as much as I did). I know I say this often, but, seriously, from the very first chapter, you can’t help but being already hooked. The event told in the prologue is quite mysterious and leaves you wondering how someone could end up in that situation.

I loved and really felt for Adam, the main character of this book. His girlfriend, Sara, disappears after telling him that she’s going on a business trip to Barcelona (Hey! My city!). However, he loses all contact once she gets there and later, she fails to return to Cork. The Gardaí think she left because she wanted to leave him, so Adam starts investigating on his own and discovers that his life might not be as perfect as he thought it was.

I kept thinking that there was something big going on, something that was missing and didn’t make sense. You know how much I love feeling like that. I’d never read any book that took place in a cruise and I thought it was a pretty good setting where lots of things can happen. It was scary to discover how easily you can commit a crime and get away with it.

One small thing: there was a particular storyline in this book that was intriguing and creepy, I couldn’t wait to know what would happen. However, in the end, I didn’t really see the point (although it was still very interesting to read).

I guessed some of the stuff, but the ending still blew me away. It was so tragic and unfair! I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s one of those stories where you keep thinking: what if this hadn’t happened? Coincidences, fate… Read this book.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

10 thoughts on “Distress Signals (Catherine Ryan Howard)

  1. This sounds good. Some good suspense and I do like books set in your city :-)I like the fact that you mention that its still worthy reading despite the ending where one of the story-lines ends up looking pointless. I will definitely look out for this book though.Great review.

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    1. I just didn’t get the point of that, but the main story was SO AMAZING. You need to read this one, the ending is awesome! Thank you Diana :**

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