Distress Signals

  • by Catherine Ryan Howard
  • Narrated by Stephen Armstrong
  • 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary


The day Adam Dunne's girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a business trip to Barcelona, his 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.
Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called The Celebrate and to a woman who disappeared in eerily similar circumstances. Adam must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground....

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Gone Girl on a boat!

What made the experience of listening to Distress Signals the most enjoyable?

A great book matched with the ideal narrator. I finished it in less than 2 days.


What other book might you compare Distress Signals to, and why?

It has strong echoes of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, but it's very much its own book. There is a slow and steady realisation that things are not as they seem, and in a possibly terrible way. As with both those books, I had to keep listening to find out what happened next.


What about Stephen Armstrong’s performance did you like?

Excellent narration - in particular I really felt I was inside the main character's head, hearing his thoughts.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment when Adam realises that there is more to things than his girlfriend having failed to return his messages - quietly chilling.


Any additional comments?

Not a criticism of this book, but I'd have liked even more about the cruise ship - it was a compelling part of the story and setting, and I felt like the author showed us something that many might think they grasp, but quickly realise we had no understanding of at all! As a reader/listener it's always great to get a secret glimpse into the inner workings. MORE PLEASE.

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- Tony Batton

Very silly and completely implausible

The story descended into complete farce in the second half of the book especially. There was also a sub-story which was unnecessary to the plot and went nowhere. I regret the hours of my life spent on this poorly written tale. No redeeming features whatsoever.
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- A. McKechnie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2016
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks