Distress S30509033ignals is a debut thriller by Irish writer Catherine Ryan Howard, set around a cruise ship. It is published by Blackstone Publishing at the beginning of February 2017.

Adam and Sarah a couple from Cork in Southern Ireland have been together for 10 years. Sarah works for a recruitment agency and Adam is a writer who has just had his first screenplay accepted by a Hollywood agent, so things are really looking up for them. Sarah flies off to Barcelona for a few days to a work conference leaving Adam to work on the his screenplay, but she doesn’t return.

Adam goes to pieces trying to imagine what’s happened to the love of his life. He goes through all the correct channels to locate her with no joy, until her passport is returned with a “I’m sorry” note attached to it. Adam is desperate to find her especially as the police try to convince him that she’ll come home safely in her own time.

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.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for my digital copy.