- Paperback: 459 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (8 Mar. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008238782
- ISBN-13: 978-0008238780
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘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, bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood
'I had high hopes from the first page, which were soon met and then wildly exceeded. Simply fantastic' Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna
‘The Echo Killing reels the reader in with a skilful build-up of tension until you are sent hurtling towards a nerve-shredding climax. I was turning the pages with a genuinely racing heart’ Cass Green, bestselling author of In a Cottage In a Wood
'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!' C. J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping story. A brilliant mix of crime, thriller and suspense’ Sam Carrington, author of Saving Sophie
‘A dark, brilliantly paced crime novel that draws you in from the first page. Not to be missed!’ Nuala Ellwood, author of My Sister’s Bones
'The Echo Killing had me gripped from the start. Harper McClain ranks alongside the best investigative reporters in fiction. I loved her' Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
‘Young adult writer Daugherty moves effortlessly into crime with this well-plotted tale’ Inews
‘An engrossing, multifaceted mystery with snappy dialogue, a well-drawn cast of characters, and a sizzling romantic subplot’ Publishers Weekly
‘Daugherty delivers an insider’s view of journalism…She nails the newsroom culture’ The Associated Press
‘Eye-poppingly tense’ Richmond Times-Dispatch
‘A spine-tingling, gritty mystery’ Library Journal
‘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
‘A pulse-pounding combination of mystery and suspense’ Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
As a crime reporter, Christi Daugherty saw her first dead body at the age of twenty-two. There would be many more, when she covered murders in cities like Savannah, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Her work eventually took her to England, where she wrote the Night School series of thrillers for young adults under the name C. J. Daugherty. That series was an international bestseller, and has been translated into twenty-four languages. The Echo Killing is her first novel for adults. Find out more – and win free books – on her website: ChristiDaugherty.com
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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 abosorbing.
THE ECHO KILLING novel ends with a few unanswered question but it is the first book in a series, so I am really looking forward to reading more about Harper.
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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