- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250148847
- ISBN-13: 978-1250148841
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Echo Killing: A Mystery Hardcover – March 13, 2018
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“Daugherty uses her experience as a crime reporter to create a pulse-pounding combination of mystery and suspense that hints at a welcome follow-up.” - Kirkus Reviews
“…an engrossing, multifaceted mystery with snappy dialogue, a well-drawn cast of characters, and a sizzling romantic subplot.” - Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Hank Phillippi Ryan and Michael Connelly will thoroughly enjoy this new voice in crime fiction.” - Library Journal
“Well plotted and riveting, this introduction of Harper McClain is a must-read!” - RT Book Reviews
“Daugherty delivers an insider's view of journalism, from the adrenaline rush of covering a major story to the drudgery of delving into the background behind a story. She also nails the newsroom culture, from the humorous banter to the serious work, and shows how layoffs and cutbacks have affected the way journalists cover their community.” - Associated Press
“Eye-poppingly tense, imbued with journalistic authenticity from former crime reporter Daugherty and focused laser-like on her vivid creation of Harper, “The Echo Killing” cries out for a sequel.” - Richmond Times-Dispatch
"A realistic page turner that balances urban grit and Southern Gothic." - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Christi Daugherty knows the art of weaving a mystery." - Washington Book Review
"This taut, atmospheric thriller held me spellbound from the first page. I didn't want it to end!" - Linda Castillo, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Kate Burkholder series
"The Echo Killing won me over utterly, from its lush southern setting, to the determined, vulnerable Harper and her dogged search for the truth." - Ruth Ware, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Woman in Cabin 10
"A smart, tough, emotionally bruising portrayal of what murder means when it's up close and personal. A terrific book. Brava." - Carolyn Hart, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Death on Demand series
"The Echo Killing is a thriller that's excruciatingly suspenseful, drenched in memory, and has you biting your nails as each chapter unfolds." - Laura Childs, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Tea Shop Mysteries series
"I don't remember breathing the whole time I read The Echo Killing. Christi Daugherty has poured her own experience as a crime writer into a taut and authentic story of a brave but damaged woman." - Rhys Bowen, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Royal Spyness series
"Wrought with wonderfully alive characters and a protagonist who is both tough-minded and tender, this is a story that will have you reading late into the night." - Diane Les Becquets, author of Breaking Wild
"A taut, tightly-woven mystery set in the simmering heat of Savannah. This one kept me guessing till the very end . . . and then left me hungry for more! I can’t wait for Harper McLain’s next outing." - C. J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
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.
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if it bleeds it leads...
This was a newspaper reporter procedural, is that a thing? Well it should be....This is the first book in the Harper McClain series and let me tell you the series is off to a fantastic start....
Harper was born to be a crime reporter.... she puts her everything into her job... it’s personal... it’s her calling.... so when she starts investigating a murder that is eerily similar to the murder of her mother over 15 years ago.... she will stop at nothing to find out the truth....
Harper was such a likable and relatable character.... yes she was damaged, but that didn’t define her... she had friends, she had a love interest (yes there is Romance in this book) she was the kind of girl you would want to go out to lunch with.... this was very refreshing... so many times with female “damaged“ characters they have such an edge to them you find them a bit prickly and hard to like.... Harper was very much likable.... The secondary characters were all very likable as well.... especially her love interest Luke, he was quite the good guy....
The mystery/Investigation in this book was done very well.... i’m not always a huge fan of police procedurals, however I might be a huge fan of newspaper reporter procedurals.... I liked how Harper went about her investigation... I enjoyed all her rule breaking.... The outcome was realistic, but definitely surprise me, did not see that coming.... also really appreciated the aftermath of the investigation... it was quite interesting and gave you some closure and understanding... very much looking forward to the next book in this series....
I would absolutely recommend this to lovers of mystery/suspense... but keep in mind it leans a little towards romantic suspense... in case that is an issue... but I do want to clarify for my friends with an aversion to romance, I don’t think this is eye rolling worthy romance😉
*** thank you so much to the publisher for a copy of this book ***
"The Echo Killing" is a very well-written book. The descriptions of the Savannah setting are so vivid, you can almost feel the humidity. You can also feel the heat between Harper and undercover detective Luke Walker. A relationship between the two would violate fraternization policies, but the two can seem to stay away from each other. The mystery of what happened in the current murder and whether or not it's related to Harper's mother's death is engaging. It's a little unsettling to see characters, such as Harper and the freelance photographer she often works with, happy that a murder case is huge enough to make a front page story, but since the author used to be a crime reporter in Georgia, I assume this is realistic.
The book kept my interest from the very beginning and the character of Harper has a lot of depth. She is likeable even when she is acting recklessly. Some of the scenes in the book are so emotional, they made me ache for Harper, both because of her past and current troubles. The book's tense, suspenseful ending gives enough answers to be satisfying and just the right amount of questions to make the reader eager to read another of Harper's adventures.
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.)