The Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1)
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.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…

The Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1) Details

TitleThe Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 13th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250148841
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Adult, Mystery Thriller

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The Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1) Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it! 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 I loved it! 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!I received a copy of this book from St. Martin's Press- Minotaur books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Harper McClain's world is like a Venti Double Shot On Ice from Starbuck's.Maximum jolt with an icy thrill.But it's June in Savannah and the soothing drawls suddenly pay heed to what's happening on those tree-lined streets. Harper, a crime reporter for the Daily News, hears the loud buzz on her police scanner. She and her photographer, Miles Jackson, set off to get an edge on a gang shooting not far away. As shots ring out, she and Miles are pinned down behind an abandoned vehicle. The police arr Harper McClain's world is like a Venti Double Shot On Ice from Starbuck's.Maximum jolt with an icy thrill.But it's June in Savannah and the soothing drawls suddenly pay heed to what's happening on those tree-lined streets. Harper, a crime reporter for the Daily News, hears the loud buzz on her police scanner. She and her photographer, Miles Jackson, set off to get an edge on a gang shooting not far away. As shots ring out, she and Miles are pinned down behind an abandoned vehicle. The police arrive with backup and the dynamic duo are fortunate not to have been hit.And this is a typical day for Harper.....steadfast and driven into the ground like a bolt of lightning. She pushes boundaries both in her professional and in her personal life. When the body of a woman who works for the university is found by her young daughter, Harper is reeling with the memory of her own mother's murder. It was Harper who found her mother dead on the kitchen floor when she was 12 years old. Similarities between the two cases sends Harper into areas in which she should never tread. Her headstrong nature has left her on probation almost blowing up her career. She now lives in a town called Alienation. No longer professionally connected with nary a friend in sight.The Echo Killing has been a welcoming read after I've slugged my way through some heavy-duty psychological thrillers lately. The character of Harper McClain is refreshing and with just the dose of snappy and witty like the whipped cream on a favorite latte. The chapters are short and action-filled with plenty of humor and zingers in the dialogue. I think that Harper is working far above her pay scale and should maybe seek out private investigating on her own. Can't wait for the next one.I received a copy of The Echo Killing through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to St. Martin's Press and to Christi Daugherty for the opportunity.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Very entertaining! I stayed up into the wee hours to finish. Even though I kind of had a feeling how this would end it was still very well thought out and really well paced. I never got bored. Great characters and an ending that left enough questions to keep me hooked into reading the next novel. Really looking forward to seeing where this series goes. 4.5 stars.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Caroline Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    The Echo Killing is an expertly crafted novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. Author Christi Daughtery came up with such rich settings and characters in this dark and twisty book. I loved the premise which had me hooked from the start. The story unfolded at a great pace, and I loved the lush Savannah setting. Harper McClain made an intriguing character, feeling all too real as I turned the pages of what I would describe as a pulse-pounding read. The ending was both satisfying and thought-provoking, The Echo Killing is an expertly crafted novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. Author Christi Daughtery came up with such rich settings and characters in this dark and twisty book. I loved the premise which had me hooked from the start. The story unfolded at a great pace, and I loved the lush Savannah setting. Harper McClain made an intriguing character, feeling all too real as I turned the pages of what I would describe as a pulse-pounding read. The ending was both satisfying and thought-provoking, and I was left thinking about it and the moral dilemmas it posed days after I finished. I'm being purposely vague as I don't want to spoil the story, but I do hope there is another book to follow soon. A brilliant, suspenseful read which I highly recommend.
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  • TL
    January 1, 1970
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ----3.5 stars Reading this may not have been the best idea when I couldn't sleep haha.Been awhile (that I can remember) since I had a good murder mystery that I could sink my teeth into (first one comes to mind is the Kurt Wallander series but tired brain is tired ;-P ) so I was cautiously optimistic about this one.I didn't feel the southern setting as much most of the time. For me the "atmosphe I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ----3.5 stars Reading this may not have been the best idea when I couldn't sleep haha.Been awhile (that I can remember) since I had a good murder mystery that I could sink my teeth into (first one comes to mind is the Kurt Wallander series but tired brain is tired ;-P ) so I was cautiously optimistic about this one.I didn't feel the southern setting as much most of the time. For me the "atmospheric" feeling came more from the way the author wrote the people and circumstances. You could really sink your teeth into everything. At times I admired Harper's determination and stubbornness but there were a few times I wanted to shake her for not being more careful.I never really suspected one guy the way she did.. but I kept an open mind just in case I was wrong.The killer's identity was a surprise... I admit that I wouldn't have considered this person at all.The twists in this were very well done, nothing seeming out of left field. One thing that was left unresolved was very chilling. I have a feeling this one will be playing a big role in the future.Nothing in the personal lives that was affected was wrapped in a neat little bow, which felt more authentic. Life can be messy. (That came out better in my head)I did really enjoy this one but not sure if I will continue the series or not yet.Would recommend though.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    A great new thriller and a new character to follow. Harper McClain is a criminal reporter working for a Savannah newspaper. Her mother was murdered when Harper was only 12 and the killer was never found. Now there is a new murder, fifteen years later, and the murder scene looks very much like that of her mother. The investigation is on and Harper is deeply involved even though she's not supposed to be. Some very surprising information turns up. I enjoyed reading this book and loved the strong, d A great new thriller and a new character to follow. Harper McClain is a criminal reporter working for a Savannah newspaper. Her mother was murdered when Harper was only 12 and the killer was never found. Now there is a new murder, fifteen years later, and the murder scene looks very much like that of her mother. The investigation is on and Harper is deeply involved even though she's not supposed to be. Some very surprising information turns up. I enjoyed reading this book and loved the strong, determined character Harper McClain. I look forward to the next book in the series.Thanks to Christi Daugherty and St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good thriller. Especially one that surprises me by turning out to be pretty amazing by the end. The Echo Killing did exactly this. I started this book without any expectations and was mildly disappointed up until about the halfway point when things really started picking up. I was unsure about how I felt regarding Harper being a journalist. I typically am more interested in thriller novels from the perspective of law enforcement or detectives and in the beginning did not really apprecia I love a good thriller. Especially one that surprises me by turning out to be pretty amazing by the end. The Echo Killing did exactly this. I started this book without any expectations and was mildly disappointed up until about the halfway point when things really started picking up. I was unsure about how I felt regarding Harper being a journalist. I typically am more interested in thriller novels from the perspective of law enforcement or detectives and in the beginning did not really appreciate the perspective of a journalist but by the end of the novel I really appreciated Harper's perspective and the fact that it was different then the typical detective novel. Overall, I enjoyed this book and the ending truly leaves room for a second book and I will definitely be reading it once it comes out. A lot of unanswered questions but I am okay with it because it leaves me looking forward to the next one!*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    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 meth 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."
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  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come at release date!
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up. A really solid start to what is hopefully a series. I enjoyed this one, but it left me with more questions by the end which made the ending a bit flat but I will be looking out for the next one for sure! Full review soon!
  • Helen Eddon
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking to start a new crime series in 2018, look no further than The Echo by Christi Daugherty. Harper McClain is a crime reporter for the Daily News in Savannah, glued to her police scanner every night to make sure she's the first reporter at crime scenes - the worse the crime, the better the story. When she arrives at the scene of the horrific murder of Marie Whitney in a smart neighbourhood and witnesses a young girl being led from the house, it takes her back to a scene from her o If you're looking to start a new crime series in 2018, look no further than The Echo by Christi Daugherty. Harper McClain is a crime reporter for the Daily News in Savannah, glued to her police scanner every night to make sure she's the first reporter at crime scenes - the worse the crime, the better the story. When she arrives at the scene of the horrific murder of Marie Whitney in a smart neighbourhood and witnesses a young girl being led from the house, it takes her back to a scene from her own childhood. Harper's mother was murdered 15 years earlier and the killer has never been apprehended. It turns out that the cases are uncannily similar but the police seem to be dismissing those similarities. However, Harper is determined to investigate, hoping to find her mother's murderer. This is a superbly plotted, well paced crime novel introducing us to a great new character in Harper McClain. Unfortunately, we have to wait until 2019 for the next instalment in the series!
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    If the other adult books to come from Ms. Daugherty are like this one, then, I can't wait. Instantly, I connected with the characters as well as the storyline. Harper McClain is a strong female lead. Plus, she is the type of woman I imagine when I picture a crime reporter...fearless, stubborn like a bulldog, quick thinker, and always gets her story. Although, she is lucky to have a great cohort in her cameraman, Miles. Miles has some good resources, willing to get into danger with Harper, and Ha If the other adult books to come from Ms. Daugherty are like this one, then, I can't wait. Instantly, I connected with the characters as well as the storyline. Harper McClain is a strong female lead. Plus, she is the type of woman I imagine when I picture a crime reporter...fearless, stubborn like a bulldog, quick thinker, and always gets her story. Although, she is lucky to have a great cohort in her cameraman, Miles. Miles has some good resources, willing to get into danger with Harper, and Harper and he make a great team. Finally, I can't forget to mention mystery man and possible love interest, Luke Walker. There is a lot about Luke that was barely revealed. I can't wait to get to know more about Luke as well as I hope to see him more in future books. Harper and Luke's current relationship status is "it's complicated". Make sure that The Echo Killing is on your list to read for 2018. You don't want to miss this book!
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  • Melanie Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    As a native Georgian, I enjoyed this novel that is set in Savannah. Harper McClain is a young crime reporter for the local newspaper who is investigating a murder that is very similar to her mother's murder 15 year prior. As she gets caught up in the investigation, she finds that some of the clues hit very close to home. A fast-paced read that I enjoyed very much. I think if you enjoy Debra Webb or Mary Higgins Clark, you will enjoy this one. Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Copy in excha As a native Georgian, I enjoyed this novel that is set in Savannah. Harper McClain is a young crime reporter for the local newspaper who is investigating a murder that is very similar to her mother's murder 15 year prior. As she gets caught up in the investigation, she finds that some of the clues hit very close to home. A fast-paced read that I enjoyed very much. I think if you enjoy Debra Webb or Mary Higgins Clark, you will enjoy this one. Thank you to NetGalley for the Advanced Copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Janet Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't fall in love with this book on the first page--it took a couple of chapters to completely hook me. The things I liked about this book were engaging characters, a great sense of place, a backstory that enriched the contemporary plot, and unpredicatability--which doesn't mean constant surprises, but a plot that unfolded in logical but sometimes unexpected directions. Moderate levels of suspense, and hints that could lead to a sequel, but the plot is wrapped up in the best ending I have re I didn't fall in love with this book on the first page--it took a couple of chapters to completely hook me. The things I liked about this book were engaging characters, a great sense of place, a backstory that enriched the contemporary plot, and unpredicatability--which doesn't mean constant surprises, but a plot that unfolded in logical but sometimes unexpected directions. Moderate levels of suspense, and hints that could lead to a sequel, but the plot is wrapped up in the best ending I have read in years--not a one liner, but a short scene of hopefulness, healing, and a glimpse of the future. A terrific read and I look forward to another from Daugherty
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  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    Hold The Front Page! There's a new crime series in town, and this is one you will not want to miss! When Crime reporter,  Harper McClain, takes a sneaky look at a murder scene, she's suddenly hurtled back fifteen years to her own mother's murder. Everything about it tells Harper that the similarities between the two murders, over a decade apart, are far from coincidental. But the police disagree, dismissing her suspicions outright. Taking it upon herself to prove them wrong, Harper begins her ow Hold The Front Page! There's a new crime series in town, and this is one you will not want to miss! When Crime reporter,  Harper McClain, takes a sneaky look at a murder scene, she's suddenly hurtled back fifteen years to her own mother's murder. Everything about it tells Harper that the similarities between the two murders, over a decade apart, are far from coincidental. But the police disagree, dismissing her suspicions outright. Taking it upon herself to prove them wrong, Harper begins her own investigation. But what connects the two murder victims and why has the killer struck again after fifteen years? In a desperate bid to get to the truth, Harper must cross professional boundaries, test friendships to the limit and reconsider everything and everyone she's close to.  And with someone desperate to stop Harper revealing the truth, put her own safety in jeopardy too.  Wow! what an absolute gripper of a book this was! Right from the first page I was hooked by the snappy, clean writing and the twisty, fast paced plot. It's an intriguing premise - a murder which appears to be identical to one committed years ago, giving two mysteries for the price of one as past and present collide and overlap, and we join Harper as she aims to solve the complex case. Add in the personal and emotional involvement of the crime reporter turned sleuth, and The Echo Killing becomes an even more intense and fascinating roller-coaster of a read.   The plotting and pace of this book is immaculate. At just over 440 pages, it's not short and I wondered if Daugherty could maintain the momentum set in the early chapters. I needn't have worried though, there's no dips or fillers - the plot is constantly moving forward, with many twists and turns. As Harper digs deeper, more and more unanswered questions are thrown up and I was desperate to know the answers. I was compelled to keep on reading as "one more chapter" quickly turned into me devouring the entire book in a few hours.  But what really made this book for me was the character of Harper herself. Fresh, feisty, smart, impulsive, brave, flawed and determined, I absolutely loved her. Part of me was in awe, while the other part wanted to put my arms around her as both her ferocity and vulnerability shines from the page. Giving Harper a deeply emotional involvement in the case worked so well, allowing extra layers of her personality to show and develope and ensuring I was right on side with her throughout the book. There's also a nice dose of romance too in the form of Detective Luke Walker, which is both passionate and captivatingly tender - the chemistry between them is sparking! yet it never becomes slushy or out of place in the story, adding to rather than detracting from the atmosphere of this suspenseful book.So, as you can tell, I pretty much loved this book. There's one aspect that remained unsolved, and I'd have loved to have had that wrapped up, but as The Echo Killing is book one in a series, I'm assuming it's still to come. One thing's for certain, I'll be looking forward to more from Harper McClain in the future.  A brilliant start to a fresh new crime series which I'm happy to recommend! 
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Good solid mystery! I loved how the worlds of journalism and the police department collide in this novel. Harper works closely with the detectives as she was the survivor of a horrific crime years ago when her mother was brutally murdered and young Harper discovered the body. Now amid gang shootings and domestic drama, another seemingly senseless murder occurs and Harper becomes suspicious when there appear to be too many similarities to her mother's murder--including the survivor's twelve-year- Good solid mystery! I loved how the worlds of journalism and the police department collide in this novel. Harper works closely with the detectives as she was the survivor of a horrific crime years ago when her mother was brutally murdered and young Harper discovered the body. Now amid gang shootings and domestic drama, another seemingly senseless murder occurs and Harper becomes suspicious when there appear to be too many similarities to her mother's murder--including the survivor's twelve-year-old daughter finding her. But of course the relationship between the media and the police department is strained so Harper must use her wits to investigate without letting on that she's doing so. Smart and sassy, Harper is a refreshing voice in female protagonists as she isn't afraid to take chances even when it may mean she steps on toes. Certainly looking forward to a sequel to this one!
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    "It's like my mother's death made this huge noise a long time ago. And this murder is the echo of it"(3.5-stars rounded up to 4) The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty is an adult thriller following female protagonist, Harper McClain, who is a crime reporter in the city of Savannah. As female leads go, I really liked Harper; I found her to be smart and believable. Although haunted by a past trauma where she stumbled across the crime scene of her murdered mother, we learn how Harper's whole life w "It's like my mother's death made this huge noise a long time ago. And this murder is the echo of it"(3.5-stars rounded up to 4) The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty is an adult thriller following female protagonist, Harper McClain, who is a crime reporter in the city of Savannah. As female leads go, I really liked Harper; I found her to be smart and believable. Although haunted by a past trauma where she stumbled across the crime scene of her murdered mother, we learn how Harper's whole life was shaped by that one event; how she used it to fuel her passions for writing and reporting. For me, the book didn't really pick up until about 30% into the story. The introductory phase of the characters, the city and Harper's early life seemed just a little too drawn out for my taste before ever getting into the main point of our story - the murder and subsequent investigation of a woman by the name of Marie Whitney. Once Harper started looking into Ms. Whitney's death, and coming to the conclusion that there was more to the story than her police friends were letting on, the action really started to pick up. Overall, I enjoyed this story and would definitely be interested in reading the next book in the series! Thank you to St. Martin's Press/Minotaur for providing me with an early copy of this book - I am excited for the release date to see what other readers think of it!
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  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    What a brilliant start to the Harper McClain series - I loved it!This book had me hooked from the start and I raced through it, desperate to know if Harper was right about the killer. Part of the blurb says:“As top Savannah crime reporter Harper McClain stares at the horrific scene before her, one thought screams through her mind. This murder is identical to another murder she has witnessed. Her mother’s murder…”I loved the relationship Harper has built with the local detectives and as she was a What a brilliant start to the Harper McClain series - I loved it!This book had me hooked from the start and I raced through it, desperate to know if Harper was right about the killer. Part of the blurb says:“As top Savannah crime reporter Harper McClain stares at the horrific scene before her, one thought screams through her mind. This murder is identical to another murder she has witnessed. Her mother’s murder…”I loved the relationship Harper has built with the local detectives and as she was a child when her mother was murdered, she’s grown up as part of the Police as the Lieutenant took her under his wing. Harper is not shy when it comes to taking risks but it’s always for the right reason, however, others don’t always see it that way. I really liked the character of Harper and can’t wait to read more of this series - just a shame we have to wait until 2019. I give this book five HUGE stars and would highly recommend this for all crime fiction fans. Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read this fantastic book.
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  • Book Him Danno
    January 1, 1970
    This story had me wondering why Harper kept after the guy she was convinced the killer. She never once had me convinced. Many times I wanted to yell that is not the guy!As the story progressed there were just the right amount off twist and turns to keep reader hooked. The killer will have everyone scratching there heads. The Characters are developed well enough but I needed something more I could sink my teeth into.Thank you to netgelley and the publisher for the advance copy
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Minotaur Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!I'm not sure what it is about 2017 and upcoming 2018 books, but there are so many incredible thriller debuts! THE ECHO KILLING by Christi Daugherty is no different. Book one in the new Harper McClain series and I'm already hoping for a book two!In the Southern town of Savannah, a murder of a young woman has an eerie resemblance to an unsolved murder 15 years earlier. Harper McClain became one of the best crime rep Thank you to Minotaur Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!I'm not sure what it is about 2017 and upcoming 2018 books, but there are so many incredible thriller debuts! THE ECHO KILLING by Christi Daugherty is no different. Book one in the new Harper McClain series and I'm already hoping for a book two!In the Southern town of Savannah, a murder of a young woman has an eerie resemblance to an unsolved murder 15 years earlier. Harper McClain became one of the best crime reporters in Georgia. Her drive came from trying to solve her mother's murder - which is a never-ending obsession.The murder of Marie Whitney bares striking similarities to the murder of Harper's mother. Is the same killer returning 15 years later? Is this a copy cat? McClain will stop at nothing to find this killer and stop them before they can forever change someone else's life. Even if that means she becomes the next target.I had a hard time believing that this was a debut. Daugherty's background in journalism shines through in this novel. Knowing that she covered murder stories and in the same town as THE ECHO KILLING makes it feel very authentic. Daugherty effortlessly pulls the reader into Savannah and into the murders. I love a thriller that is from the perspective of someone other than the police investigators. It has a quick pacing and after a couple of chapters you'll find yourself hooked. Not only was the scenery well-developed but so were the characters. I look forward to reading more about Harper McClain!Overall, if you want a twisty thriller with a cold, calculating killer, then be sure to pick up THE ECHO KILLING. Are you a fan of a murder investigation but want a fresh perspective? You'll love Harper McClain and be anxiously waiting for her next case.I give this 5/5 stars!
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  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    Never reading anything by Christi Daugherty before I wasn't sure what to expect. The Echo Killing was a fast paced novel that hooked me from the start and kept me wondering until the end, And what an ending!! Thank goodness there will be more of the Harper McClain series to look forward to!
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  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 beautifully historical 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.)
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I love Savannah, but Christi Daugherty's The Echo Killing is not the Savannah of the cobblestone streets, lovely architecture, and many parks. Daughtery's Harper McClain is a crime reporter and her job takes her to places other than the tourist mecca of Old Savannah.Harper's mother was murdered when she was twelve, and when another murder takes place that echos the murder of her mother in surprising detail, Harper is compelled to investigate further. Despite some discouragement from her mentor w I love Savannah, but Christi Daugherty's The Echo Killing is not the Savannah of the cobblestone streets, lovely architecture, and many parks. Daughtery's Harper McClain is a crime reporter and her job takes her to places other than the tourist mecca of Old Savannah.Harper's mother was murdered when she was twelve, and when another murder takes place that echos the murder of her mother in surprising detail, Harper is compelled to investigate further. Despite some discouragement from her mentor who doesn't believe the killer is the same one that murdered her mother, Harper continues digging.And while the murder itself is eerily similar to that of her mother, the victim is an entirely different breed. Is the killer the same one becoming active again after fifteen years...or is it a copy cat? Suspenseful.Read in December; blog review scheduled for 3/5/18.NetGalley/St. Martin's PressMystery/Suspense. March 13, 2018. Print length: 368 pages.
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  • Noemi Proietti
    January 1, 1970
    Fifteen years ago, twelve-year-old Harper McClain came home from school to find her mother brutally murdered.Now, Harper is the top crime reporter of Savannah’s newspaper and she spends her nights chasing crimes along with her photographer friend Miles. One afternoon, the body of a woman is found in her home by her young daughter and when Harper arrives on the crime scene she can’t help but notice the many similarities to her mother’s murder. Harper quickly becomes obsessed with this murder and, Fifteen years ago, twelve-year-old Harper McClain came home from school to find her mother brutally murdered.Now, Harper is the top crime reporter of Savannah’s newspaper and she spends her nights chasing crimes along with her photographer friend Miles. One afternoon, the body of a woman is found in her home by her young daughter and when Harper arrives on the crime scene she can’t help but notice the many similarities to her mother’s murder. Harper quickly becomes obsessed with this murder and, as the police seems to get nowhere, she starts investigating on her own. The more she investigates, the more she finds obstacles along the way, even from people very close to her. As the obsession takes over her life and threatens to destroy everything she’s worked for, Harper needs to find the killer before it is too late.I was first drawn to THE ECHO KILLING from the blurb, which I found intriguing and captivating, and then when I read the first page I was completely hooked. I liked the character of Harper, she is smart, sharp, and determined. I liked the setting of Savannah, in Georgia, which is very well described with its evocative streets and tourist areas. I loved the plot which is dark, twisty, and fast-paced. And I liked that there is some romance as Harper starts a relationship with her long-time friend, detective Luke Walker, which is complicated by the fact that police and journalists shouldn’t be personally involved.If all of the above isn’t enough, I will add that the author’s writing is brilliant and absorbing.THE ECHO KILLING novel ends with a few unanswered questions but it is the first book in a series, so I am really looking forward to reading more about Harper.
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  • Brightfeather
    January 1, 1970
    It’s 3:30am I read this in one sitting .I was absolutely hooked worth everyone of the five stars ! Brilliant twists and turns and left perfectly set up for the next book, I can’t wait...Christies writing is wonderful , I’m so grateful to have won this advanced copy here on goodreads And delighted to have found a new favourite.
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  • Lori Cote Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I loved this book! Extremely suspenseful! I was lucky to win advanced readers edition from Goodreads giveaways and I can honestly say it kept me turning pages utterly captivated! Looking forward to Christi Daughertys next one! Bravo!
  • Danielle Rose
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley. The below is my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you, Christi Daugherty, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to read an early copy.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.A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the ti I received an ARC from NetGalley. The below is my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you, Christi Daugherty, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to read an early copy.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.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…I don't understand why there aren't more mystery/thrillers set in Savannah. It's such a beautiful city with a strong historical background. Daugherty did a fantastic job penning the setting of this one. That paired with the fantastic plot made for a great read. The author's strong points of this one were definitely the backstory, the rich setting, and the unique cast of characters. It felt relatable, yet suspenseful--paced well enough to be read in one sitting.
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  • Ruby
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 - Rounded down*This story follows Savannah Crime Reporter, Harper McClain who is determined to discover the truth about the ties between a cold case, and a new murder. With one distinction, the cold case was her own mother's murder. Her obsession with her mother's killer, who was never found, has led to her becoming one of Georgia's best crime reporters, as she spends all of her free time searching for criminals. The highlights of this book for me were definitely the rich backstory, the des *4.5 - Rounded down*This story follows Savannah Crime Reporter, Harper McClain who is determined to discover the truth about the ties between a cold case, and a new murder. With one distinction, the cold case was her own mother's murder. Her obsession with her mother's killer, who was never found, has led to her becoming one of Georgia's best crime reporters, as she spends all of her free time searching for criminals. The highlights of this book for me were definitely the rich backstory, the description of the setting and the strong characterisation. The pacing was also fantastic. For a debut author, this is a fantastic novel. The character of Harper, is a strong female-lead, ambitious and fearless - the perfect character depicting a journalist, probably due to Daugherty's own experience in the field. However, strong male characters are also present in Luke and Miles, love-interest and camera-man respectively. That being said, although hints of romance are present, this is far from the focus. All of Daugherty's characters are intertwined into the plot expertly, they are likeable, but are also interesting and well fleshed out.Overall, I really enjoyed the first in the series of Harper McClain, and I will definitely be picking up the next one! This was just the right focus on characterisation vs plot for a well-paced thriller, with a captivating plot! The suspense was kept throughout, although it was definitely built-upon throughout the book, with a FANTASTIC ending, which actually wrapped up the plot, unlike a lot of current thrillers - which hold a good story, but a quick, unclear ending - Daugherty wrote a well thought-through thrilling ending, which posed many a moral dilemma. I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys a suspenseful read, from the perspective of a detective or journalist, I'm sure you'll be hooked by this page-turner.Full Review: http://thereadingruby.blogspot.com/20...I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to HarperCollins for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    The Echo Killing (Harper McClain, 1) by author Christi Daugherty is suspenseful and keeps the reader intrigued! I enjoyed everything about the book, especially that it was set in Savannah, a place I love. Harper is a crime reporter in Savannah, GA. Her mother was murdered when she was twelve. She is not close to her father who lives over a thousand miles away with his new family. The many unanswered questions about who killed her mother have haunted her and drive her to spend hours investigating The Echo Killing (Harper McClain, 1) by author Christi Daugherty is suspenseful and keeps the reader intrigued! I enjoyed everything about the book, especially that it was set in Savannah, a place I love. Harper is a crime reporter in Savannah, GA. Her mother was murdered when she was twelve. She is not close to her father who lives over a thousand miles away with his new family. The many unanswered questions about who killed her mother have haunted her and drive her to spend hours investigating crimes which come through the local police department at night. One day she goes with Miles, her assigned photographer to gather information on a murder. The scene she watches fills her with the remembrance of herself at age twelve. She watches a little girl being led away from the front door of her home after she has found her mother brutally murdered in the kitchen. Harper's breath nearly stops as she remembers how that same thing feels and she decides she must see the murder scene. Could it possibly be the same as her mother's crime scene fifteen years ago? Harper is obsessed with finding out more about the victim Marie Whitney and who wanted to kill her in the same manner as her own mother. Could it be the same person?As Harper pursues answers and follows every lead she will uncover some disturbing information. She finds a hateful letter from her father which was written to her mother before her death. I won't post any more spoilers, but the character of Harper is so likeable and I wanted her to find her answers.I am looking forward to reading another Harper McClain story! Great Job, Christi Daugherty!
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