The Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1) by Christi Daugherty

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. S...

Details The Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1)

TitleThe Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1)
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Adult, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Echo Killing (Harper McClain #1)

  • Debra
    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 t...
  • Linda
    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 pinne...
  • Lori
    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.
  • Linda Strong
    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 pho...
  • Caroline Mitchell
    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 ...
  • TL
    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 sett...
  • Judy
    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...
  • Kate
    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 detec...
  • Maranda
    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 mur...
  • Steven
    Review to come at release date!
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    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
    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 ...
  • Cheryl
    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 resourc...
  • Melanie Johnson
    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. Tha...
  • Janet Martin
    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 t...
  • Vicki
    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 up...
  • Anne
    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 moth...
  • megs_bookrack
    "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 m...
  • Julie Lacey
    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 H...
  • Book Him Danno
    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 ...
  • Jessica
    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 earlie...
  • Lynne
    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!
  • Cat
    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 r...
  • Jen
    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 furt...
  • Noemi Proietti
    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 murde...
  • Brightfeather
    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.
  • Lori Cote Scott
    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
    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 ...
  • Ruby
    *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 ...
  • Diane
    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 haun...