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Distress Signals
by Catherine Ryan Howard


Overview - A debut thriller that channels Gone Girl, from the newest writer to watch, Catherine Ryan HowardThe 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A debut thriller that channels Gone Girl, from the newest writer to watch, Catherine Ryan HowardThe 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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  • ISBN-13: 9781504757522
  • ISBN-10: 1504757521
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 364
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-12-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

In Howards solid first novel, Sarah OConnell 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 ships owner offers Adam little help. Then Adam receives a package with Sarahs passport and a note saying only Im sorryS. 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 Adams. Adam and Peter book passage on the Celebrate to seek Ethan and demand answers. Two additional story linesthat of a troubled French boy and of a ship housekeepereventually connect with Adams in surprising ways, as life and death aboard a cruise ship prove very mysterious indeed. Agent: Jane Gregory, Gregory & Company (U.K.). (Feb.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Audio: All in the family

Epistolary novels let us make a direct connection with the characters. Letters used to be the common form, but it’s email for Harry and Matilda, the angst-ridden, 30-something twins who star in Rachel Hulin’s quirky, comedic debut novel, Hey Harry, Hey Matilda, performed in tandem by Ari Fliakos and Kristen Sieh, and set in today’s cyber-centric world. Matilda, an aspiring artist who pays her bills by working as a wedding photographer, lives in Brooklyn. Her love life is not particularly happy and she drinks just a tad too much—this is New York, after all, the city of skyrocketing rents, dusted with Woody Allen-esque neuroses. Harry teaches at a Connecticut college and yearns for literary fame, tenure and love. Their emails, laced with confessions, dating disasters and remembrances of their intriguingly dysfunctional family, gradually reveal an unusual intimacy and, perhaps, the solution to their romantic quandaries.

MURDER AT SEA
A young Irish woman from Cork goes missing at the beginning of Distress Signals, Catherine Ryan Howard’s fast-paced debut thriller, read by Alan Smyth, Bronson Pinchot and Suzanne Toren. “Girl” is not in the title, thank goodness, and this isn’t just another Gone Girl wannabe. Adam Dunne, though distraught, is a reliable narrator. He’s been trying to sell his screenplays for years, and just after his first big sale, his beloved and lovely girlfriend, Sarah, who’s paid the bills and kept him going, leaves on a supposed business trip to Barcelona. She never comes back. Desperately tracking her moves, Adam finds that she got on the Celebrate, a huge Mediterranean cruise ship, with another man. In his search, Adam connects with Peter, whose wife vanished from the same ship a year earlier. Is there a serial killer on the high seas? Together, the two bereft men board the Celebrate to find out. Then the plot twists, roiling like the sea. Hold on, you’re in for a wild ride.

TOP PICK IN AUDIO
It was love at first bite. Ian ­Purkayastha was not enamored with school or sports, but when he tasted truffled ravioli at a fancy Houston restaurant, he knew he had found his calling. Purkayastha was 15, living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His passion for truffles, that noble and wildly expensive white fungus, plus an extraordinary entrepreneurial urge, took him to New York instead of college. He became a truffle dork, hooked up with an Italian importing company, made the rounds of New York’s best restaurants, got a strong foothold in the weird, often shady world of rare food purveyors and remained a man, if a young one, of integrity. By the time he was 18, Purkayastha had been christened the “Prince of Truffles” by Forbes. So maybe it’s not unusual that this 23-year-old foodie wunderkind has written an early account of his life. Truffle Boy, his memoir, read with just the right amount of youthful enthusiasm by Will Collyer, is charming and packed with esoteric info about exotic foods. Purkayastha now has his own company that sources the rarest of the rare, has found the woman of his dreams and is still propelled by the passion that made it all happen.

This article was originally published in the April 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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