Distress Signals is a highly confident and accomplished debut novel, impeccably sustained, with not a false note. The exploration of the often murky backstage workings of the luxury liner world is fascinating, and there is a psychologically acute portrait of a killer that is genuinely moving. We will hear a great deal more of this author.
A debut novel with a cracking plot and satisfyingly eerie writing throughout.
Woman's Way magazine
This is Catherine Ryan Howard's debut thriller, and what a tense, tight, original page turner she's delivered...Writing a thriller which doesn't leave readers with a sense of deja vu isn't easy these days, but Catherine Ryan Howard has managed it triumphantly. Definitely a new, exciting and original author to watch.
Catherine Ryan Howard is an astonishing new voice in thriller writing. Make sure the children are fed, the cat is out and the box set is finished before you pick up Distress Signals because it will have to be wrenched from your hands before you will notice the world again. Pacy, suspenseful and intriguing, I highly recommend it for a top class page turning read.
Liz Nugent, author of 2014 IBA Crime Novel of the Year for Unravelling Oliver
I loved the voice and the Cork setting - an engaging, unusual and believable thriller.
Sinead Crowley, bestselling author of Are You Watching Me?
An exhilarating debut thriller from a hugely talented author. Distress Signals is fast-paced, twisty and an absolute joy to read.
Mark Edwards, #1 bestselling author of The Magpies and Follow You Home
Twisty and gripping.
Claire McGowan, author of The Silent Dead
An excellent debut thriller from Cork's Catherine Ryan Howard, which may give cruising executives some sleepless nights.
Dark, yes, but tender too. The Liar's Girl is tightly plotted and crackles with suspense.
Ali Land, author of Good Me Bad Me
Incredibly pacey - what lifts Catherine's work above many others in the genre is the quality of her writing and the strength of her characterization. Dublin comes alive in this slice of Irish noir.
It's so hard to stand out in this space right now but The Liar's Girl offers a killer premise that totally delivers. A creepy, claustrophobic tale that never lets up on the tension while also managing to strike a truly tender note.
Caz Frear, bestselling author of Sweet Little Lies
Another thrilling page-turner from a natural born storyteller.
[A] clever and intriguing tale ... All the clues were there but so ingeniously hidden that I couldn't figure it out.
Absolutely fantastic. I was gripped the entire way through, can't recommend it enough...
Catherine Ryan Howard is such a skilled storyteller - every setting was evocative, every hook well-placed, every twist expertly-timed. I flew through it! Astonishingly good.
A stand-out book... Real and sympathetic characters, a flawlessly-paced plot and a genuinely original premise. I finished it at 2:00am, my heart pounding!
Slick, smart and stylish... Really clever.
The Liar's Girl is BRILLIANT. [Catherine Ryan Howard has] outdone herself... It's even better than the Dagger-nominated Distress Signals and that's saying something!Michelle Davies
The Liar's Girl is heartstoppingly brilliant - a completely convincing, expertly plotted tale. The pace is unrelenting. Catherine Ryan Howard... is an extraordinary talent.
The Liar's Girl is an incredibly compelling tale of guilt, secrecy and murder. Gripping from the start, Catherine Ryan Howard lures readers in from page one and brings every girl's worst nightmare to life. Unputdownable!
A haunting thriller... a fast-moving, crackling good novel.
I couldn't put it down...an excellent read.