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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 lust-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
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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Harper McClain is a crime reporter living in Savannah, Georgia. When she was twelve-years-old, her mother was brutally murdered. Her Mother's murderer was never found. This has been a driving force for Harper and one of the reasons she became a crime reporter. She has built a solid reputation for herself as a journalist and formed relationships with police officers over the years. One of the police officers serves as a father figure to her as she is estranged from her father. Harper owns a police scanner and shows up at crime scenes to report on them for her employer. But one day she arrives at a crime scene which seems eerily similar to the crime scene when her Mother's was murdered. Could her Mother and this woman have been killed by the same person? Are there connections between the two cases? These questions will nag at her. She is driven to know the truth and desperately tries to find answers to all her unanswered questions.
Harper is a very strong and likable female character. She has flaws and makes some bad judgement calls and I appreciate her motivations for doing so. She found her Mother's body and has always wanted justice. Her Mother's killer was never found. She wants the truth. Her desire and search for the truth is believable and understandable.
I found this book to be fast paced, riveting, and well written. I cared about the characters and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I had a hunch who the killer was half way through and although I was correct, I still did not have all the dots connected. I thought this was a great whodunit. The plot unfolded beautifully - nothing felt rushed. The relationships in this book felt believable. This book also had a little bit of everything: police investigation, journalist investigation, romance, suspense, mystery and left the reader with a sense of anticipation.
I am also left anticipating the next book in this series!
I Highly recommend!
"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.
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