Published - May, 2016
My Review 4 1/2 stars
It was a long wait for Distress Signals but worth it. Someone had an ARC and it was on their Top List of 2015, then I read a review earlier this year but it wasn't available on Kindle. Thank you NetGalley, I did a search, it was available and my request was accepted, excited.
This is definitely not the vacation read while on a cruise, you could definitely become paranoid. Adam and Sarah are comfortable in their 10 year relationship, he is waiting for his book deal to come through to give Sarah the world, but is it to late. He drops her off to the airport as she is going on a work trip, the 1st lie that comes to light.
Adam refuses to believe his girlfriend would disappear, choose to leave her life, her parents and him. He liaises with the police and they won't accept the missing person request as she is an adult and adults decide to leave, the statistics speak. I enjoyed the police interactions with Adam, it was traumatic, astonishing and at times laughable.
"Oh, Jesus Christ." In my peripheral vision, I could see Garda Cherub's head snap up from his sports pages. "What the hell do you need to believe that something is going on here, Cusack? What will it take? Seriously, tell me. Bloodstained clothes? Video footage? A dead body?" Kindle 47%
During Adam's investigation there is another story line that is completely different and does not connect until the end of the story. Romain doesn't feel loved by his mom but does everything to make her happy but there is always darkness around Romain that ends badly. He is taken away when he is only 9 and starts a new life at 18, where does his new life take him?
His personality had always been a string of learned behaviors, each one discovered, studied, and acquired quite consciously, many of them during Tanner's treatment - a repertoire of reactions he could pull out and display as needed. 86%
At first you can't think why these stories are combined and they are so different they do not distract from each others story line but begin to make you think from a mysterious mind on whodunit. This is not a spoiler, it is not that easy, the ending is not obvious, the story lines are very well done.
You don't hear about cruise ship crimes but when Adam Googled them, he couldn't believe how many had occurred and he wouldn't accept his girlfriend could possibly be dead. If she was, he would find her murderer but what next when he does.
What a great executed book, I really enjoyed this one. You don't want to read while on a cruise though. International waters may mean the crimes go unnoticed and no investigation due to Maritime laws.
This will definitely be one of my favourites of 2016. I highly recommend.