Distress Signals A Novel by Catherine Ryan Howard

“She found red blotches on her neck and chest, blooming purple bruises on her arms. Her hair was thin and wispy, her eyes dull. Dead already—that was how she looked. She had found him just in the nick of time.”

I was waiting for this book to be released. Catherine blogged about her experience of writing this book and I found it very engaging. I don’t know how she found the time. Anyway on to the story… I followed Catherine’s blog as she was writing this book, so of course I was dead keen to read it. I started with a sample, so I knew how the book started and that convinced me that the book would be a good read.

Adam loves Sarah and after many years of trying has got a movie deal for a script, meaning he is no longer dependent on the woman he loves. He needs to do a rewrite and then the money is his. Sarah is off to Barcelona for a work trip so it is the ideal opportunity to get stuck into work. The deal is that they won’t contact each other, so that Adam can focus!

Then Sarah’s parents contact Adam because they unable to raise Sarah on her mobile, so they try the home number. Adam reassures them initially, then begins to wonder if something is wrong.

From this point on Adam is on a journey of discovery about Sarah’s life and what has happened to her and others over the years.

It is a book worth reading, it seems well researched and reads true. There are other threads running through the story which add a pique to the novel, to keep the mystery going.

I enjoyed reading it and anticipate that Catherine will be producing further quality novels in the future, so add her to your watch list.

I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.

4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)

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Official description:
A MISSING GIRL.

A TRAIL OF SECRETS.

A KILLER WHO’S FOUND THE PERFECT HUNTING GROUND.

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