The Echo Killing: A Mystery

The Echo Killing: A Mystery

by Christi Daugherty

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When a murder echoing a fifteen-year-old cold case rocks the Southern town of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain risks everything to find the identity of this calculated killer in Christi Daugherty's new novel The Echo Killing.

A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was twelve has made her love Savannah any less.

Her mother’s killer was never found, and that unsolved murder left Harper with an obsession that drove her to become one of the best crime reporters in the state of Georgia. She spends her nights with the police, searching for criminals. Her latest investigation takes her to the scene of a homicide where the details are hauntingly familiar: a young girl being led from the scene by a detective, a female victim naked and stabbed multiple times in the kitchen, and no traces of any evidence pointing towards a suspect.

Harper has seen all of this before in her own life. The similarities between the murder of Marie Whitney and her own mother’s death lead her to believe they’re both victims of the same killer. At last, she has the chance to find the murderer who’s eluded justice for fifteen years and make sure another little girl isn’t forever haunted by a senseless act of violence—even if it puts Harper in the killer’s cross-hairs…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250148865
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Series: Harper McClain Series , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 80,135
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

As a newspaper reporter, CHRISTI DAUGHERTY began covering murders at the age of 22. She worked as a journalist for years in cities including Savannah, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Her work eventually took her to England, where she wrote the international bestselling Night School series of thrillers for young adults under the name CJ Daugherty. The Echo Killing is her first adult novel.
As a newspaper reporter, Christi Daugherty covered her first murder at the age of 22. There would be many more over the subsequent years when she worked as a journalist in cities including Savannah, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Now a novelist, she lives in the south of England. She is the author of The Echo Killing and A Beautiful Corpse.

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The Echo Killing 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CLynnT More than 1 year ago
This quick-paced crime thriller is based in the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia, a place I’ve loved all my life. As soon as I saw the book description, I had to read it. The author, Christi Daugherty, does a wonderful job referencing the town; the strict patterns of town blocks, the riverfront with its brick pavers, the trees with their veils of moss. She also brings brilliantly to light the life and high energy of Harper McClain, a crime reporter working the beat in the seedier areas of the city. Harper hasn’t had an easy life; she lost her mother when she was 12 years old, has always been estranged from her father, and with the exception of her best friend Bonnie, trusts no one. Harper’s father figure was the entire police department, a habit that started early when the lead investigator in her mother’s death took her under his wing and oversaw her development thru school. Harper is reporting on an hours-old murder when she’s stunned to realize many of the circumstances are exactly the same as her mother’s murder fifteen years earlier. She strays from her original purpose of reporting the facts to the public and begins her own one-man investigation team to solve who, how and why these two murders happened. This is a fast-paced who-dun-it with colorful characters in a beautiful historic river city. It’s a very enjoyable quick read. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for making it available.)
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
This book was an excellent beginning to a new mystery series and I enjoyed my time reading it! I'm not going to lie - I added this one to my TBR list based off of that gorgeous cover alone. The book itself was just as good as I had hoped though and left me very excited about both this author and series! One of the things that I liked best about this book was that it wasn't your typical detective mystery. Harper is a crime reporter for a newspaper who pushes to the edge sometimes to get her story. It is only when she comes across a crime scene that eerily reminds her of her past (her mother was murdered when she was younger) that she starts investigating both the recent crime and her mother's murder. The similarities between the two crimes was intriguing but it was Harper herself that really made the story stand out for me. She just came to life between the pages even when some of the choices that she made had me cringing. In just a very short time she became obsessed with figuring out what happened to her mother so long ago (hence the reason for some of those bad choices). It added this layer of tension to the story that caused me to be unable to stop reading. I did guess the actual bad guy towards the end of the book although I couldn't figure out the whys behind it all. Even figuring that much out, I found myself very surprised by the ending of the book and very eager to get my hands on book two. It was so good but now I need more! Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am now left with the long wait for book two. But this one was so good that it will be completely worth the wait! I tried not to give too much away because I didn't want to spoil anything but I obviously can't say enough good things. I feel like I've hit a streak of finding new mystery authors to be really excited about and this author is on that list. It was just such a great mystery and that ending left me wanting more. I almost forgot to mention that I really enjoyed the Georgia setting. There is just something about books set in the South that I love. If you enjoy mysteries and suspenseful reads then this is a book to check out! I'm in awe that this book is the author's debut because it is just so good! I would highly recommend (I'm sure you can tell as this feels like it has turned into a gush fest). So very good! Bottom Line: A mystery where the characters and setting swept me away and left me wanting more! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.
S_White_1218 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this one. Harper McClain was a great character, damaged enough to be "interesting" but really strong, smart as a whip, and highly entertaining to watch do her thing. The secondary characters were pretty good too, but Harper was definitely a powerful main character. The mystery itself was a good one. I will admit, I solved the murder (or at least guessed the identity of the murderer) near the beginning, but not all the details. As the story came together, I started to sway in my opinion, so good job by Daugherty on sending enough mixed signals to make the mystery work harder. I don't think everyone will get the killer's identity, but it was just a gut feeling I had. Honestly, being proven right just made me enjoy the book more, especially because of the author's path on getting to the reveal. Glad this one is going to have a sequel. It left enough open for another book at minimum, and I want to know more... and spend more time with Harper.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Journalism has been Harper McClain's salvation. Her youth is snatched from her fifteen years ago when she arrived home from school to find her mother dead on the kitchen floor. With the aid of adults that care, she followed a path into the reporting of crime in Savannah Ga. Daugherty has gathered a well rounded group of characters into Harper's professional life. A bit slow in parts the narrative explored Harper on the hunt in solving a fresh murder that mirrors that of her mothers. Illegal methods, a hunger for answers and a taste of romance sweeps the reader into an amazing escape. "A copy of this book was provided by St Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Fifteen years ago, a 12-year-old girl came home from school only to find her mother lying dead on the kitchen floor. She had been stabbed repeatedly ... the killer was never found. Crime Reporter Harper McClain was that child. The murder of her mother is the very reason she chose her profession. She's very good at what she does, the cops respect her for her honesty, sometimes brutal at times. She hears the scanner and off she runs, grabbing her photographer and her notebook. A woman has been found dead and for Harper, this one brings all kinds of memories. The dead woman has been repeatedly stabbed and is positioned on the kitchen floor. Her 12-year-old daughter found her when she arrived home after school. The killings are so similar, Harper thinks her mother's killer has returned. No one believes her... not the Homicide Detective leading this new investigation, not the undercover cop she has a crush on, not her best friend, and not the Lieutenant, who has been her father figure for many years. It's when she decides to investigate on her own that things get really dangerous for her. The cops stop talking to her, the undercover cop warns her, the lead detective threatens to arrest her, her boss threatens to fire her, and someone breaks into her apartment, destroying everything in sight. Sometimes you have to be real careful about what you wish for .... the truth doesn't always set you free. This is an amazingly well written story. This author rates right up there with Last Seen by Rick Mofina and Scoop by Kit Frazier .. all of which were brilliant books. The story is not altogether unique, but so well done that it doesn't matter. Harper is a wonderful series character .... she's gutsy and inquisitive and the passion for her job all but jumps out every time her name is mentioned. The secondary characters lend a lot of credibility to the story. There is a small cliffhanger, but again, this one is so well-written I don't mind waiting for the next book to arrive. I highly recommend this one to anyone who likes crime fiction where the spotlight shines on the reporter. Many thanks to the author / St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.