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The Echo Killing

(Harper McClain #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,581 ratings  ·  505 reviews
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
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stop the presses stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

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 sto
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This wasn't a grab you by the seat of the pants kind of mystery. It was slow to build and I'm not good at practicing patience. BUT, once it got moving, the story took off the runway.

A recent murder of a woman appears to echo that of one that took place 20 years ago. One whose daughter is now a reporter and recognizes the similarities of the death that took her mother from her at the age of 12. Investigating it however, comes at a great cost. Her safety, her job and her relationships all teeter o
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Harper might come across as a tad morbid to some. “Murders didn’t bother Harper. They fascinated her...Murder had long ago left it’s fingerprints in her DNA.” Fifteen years earlier, she had come home from school to discover her mother brutally murdered in their kitchen. Now, she's 27 and is a crime reporter for a Savannah newspaper. She’s audacious, maybe even foolhardy. At one point she asks a friend if she could be considered self destructive.

I chose this because it was located in Savannah. B
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unpopular opinion time!

When Harper McClain was 12 years old she returned home from school to find her mother had been stabbed to death in their kitchen.

Fast forward to the future and Harper is now a crime reporter in Savannah, Ga. When Harper hears that there has been a murder of a woman she rushes to the crime scene and breaks in through the back door, while the entire police force is present *rolls eyes*, only to discover that the scene is almost an exact replica to her mother’s murder. From
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
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Jam-packed suspense!

A seasoned crime reporter + Cold case mystery with a personal stake +a recent murder and an intriguing setting in Savannah!

Crime reporter Harper McClain will stop at nothing to find the killer behind these murders. Her mother’s unsolved murder 15 years ago echoes the circumstances of a recent crime scene and rocks Harper's world. She becomes obsessed with solving the case. Could the murderer be the same person? How could she ignore the similarities of both crimes? The killer
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty is the first book in the thrilling Harper McClain series. Harper is a crime reporter that lives life on the edge following the latest story giving the series and action packed ride from start to finish. This also felt to be just on the edge of being romantic suspense with a bit of a relationship forming too.

The story begins with Harper and her photographer, Miles Jackson, following the police scanner as the call comes in for a shooting. As they are investiga
Sarah Joint
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Savannah is beautiful... and fairly safe and picturesque when you stick to the side the tourists are on. There is a bleaker side of the city, where the houses aren't so picture perfect and the criminals run rampant. Harper is in her element when things are a bit scary and dangerous, and she spends a lot of her time there. She's a newspaper reporter who covers crime in the city, and "if it bleeds, it leads". She's always ready to dash off with her photographer to the latest crime scene, and they ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Setting aside and I am not connecting to the writing or characters.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty is an Adult Crime Thriller following female protagonist, Harper McClain, a up-and-coming journalist in the city of Savannah.

I really liked Harper as a character. I found her to be smart and believable.

Although haunted by the past trauma of discovering her mother brutally murdered in her childhood home, Harper has been able to move forward and use that event to fuel her passion for justice, writing and reporting.

Throughout the story
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not a review, just some thoughts: The protagonist is a street smart, intelligent, quick thinking crime beat journalist. I love journalists and between her and her photographer, their banter and pursuit of justice, I literally could not stop reading this one from start to finish all in one sitting. The only drawback for me was her infatuation with Luke, the on again/off again romantic interest. Personally, I thought he was an asshole. He was there in the end when it counted but he's a Jerk. Smart ...more
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 photographer and her notebook. A woman has been found
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most paint by numbers books I’ve read in a long time. The one star is for the cat named Zuzu.
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
THE ECHO KILLING is the story of a young woman, Harper McClain, who discovers that her mother's murder fifteen years ago has been echoed when Harper, in her job as a crime reporter, is covering a murder scene. For Harper, this murder brings back memories of the day she came home from school and found her mother brutally murdered. Could the murderer be back? But, why fifteen years later? Is there some connection between Harper's mother and the murdered woman? Harper can't let this go and, despite ...more
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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 mur
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
Wow, what a thrilling experience! This book was absolutely amazing! I was feeling blah because I have been stuck at the hospital for a loved one so I needed something thrilling and suspenseful to wake up my emotions. The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty exceeded my expectations! I was drawn to this novel because of the Savannah, Georgia setting. I live in Charleston, South Carolina, so Savannah is only an hour away and I have visited there many times. I think it's always great to read books whe ...more
Caroline Mitchell
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, favorites
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, ...more
Frank Phillips
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This was really close to a police procedural, which I normally do not like. It was good, just not great. I still enjoyed the main characters and overall flow of this story. The ending definitely leaves it open for a follow up series, obviously, since there is already a second book out. I may keep reading this series, just when I'm caught up with my most anticipated releases. I'd definitely recommend this one for fans of procedurals, it would most likely get better reviews from that cr ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
True to my nature I read the second of this series first so I knew who the killer was from the start. It really didn’t bother me because I enjoyed the adventure of finding out the how and the why of Harper’s mother’s murder. There remain so many unanswered questions in both this one and the second book…that you know that there will be more great books in this series. The characters of Harper as well as Detective Luke Wells are well worth the time to read these books.
Adele Shea
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you want book with an unsolved murder that keeps you guessing, then look no further than The Echo Killing. You can't help but like the characters and wonder what happens next. I think I fell a bit in love with Luke.
Can not wait to get stuck in to the second part, A Beautiful Corpse.
Harper is a news reporter in Savannah, where she works nights following crime activity across the city to catch her next story. After responding to a call to a murder scene, Harper is on a story that is eerily similar to another murder that happened 15 years earlier... the murder of Harper's mother, which was never solved. Harper sees the connection between the cases, but the police don't want to hear about it. Investigating this current story brings back memories for Harper, many of which she h ...more
Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)

Harper McClain is a reporter for a newspaper in Savannah, Georgia, where she chases down the 'best crimes' on a daily basis in order to make it to the front page of the paper. Harper is fascinated with crime, especially murder, and attributes this strange inclination to the traumatic event of her childhood that changed her life--the murder of her mother. The murder of her mother that she had to stumble upon when she arrived home from school, alert the police to, and that ultimately ended her
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!

Set in Savannah, Georgia, we meet crime reporter Harper McClain. When a murder is committed, echoing a 15-year-old cold case, McClain takes it upon herself to try to find the perpetrator. The kicker here is that it was McClain’s mother killed 15 years ago, and the fact that the k
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-series
If you're looking for an exciting new mystery series featuring a rebellious, brilliant, tough as nails reporter like Lois Lane or Veronica Mars then look awaaaaay from The Echo Killing.

** Some spoiler-y bits ahead **

The opening chapter introduces us to Harper McClain, who, along with her photographer buddy, gets caught in the crossfire of a trio of gang bangers.

The purpose of this ridiculous, trite and poorly written scene straight out of a How-to guide on how to make characters look cool
Michelle Scott
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2018-reads
A strong heroine, a chilling mystery, and a colorful setting all work together to make The Echo Killing a fantastic read.  If you're a fan of crime dramas, then I highly recommend this book.

For starters, Harper McClain was a wonderful heroine.  Sometimes, authors equate tough with bitchy and smart with smart-aleck.  Luckily, Harper showed the positive qualities without displaying the negative ones.  She was a loner, but that didn't stop her from becoming attached to people.  She was also very go
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As a​ ​​newspaper​ ​reporter, Christi Daugherty first began covering murders at the age of 22. She worked as a journalist for years in cities including Savannah, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. The Echo Killing is her first crime novel. She has also written seven young adult novels under the name CJ Daugherty. Find out more and win signed books by visiting her website: You ...more

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