Book Review: The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Title: The Echo Killing

Author: Christi Daugherty
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Published: 1/1/18
Star Rating: ⭐ 1/2


Fifteen years ago her mother’s killer got away. Has he finally struck again?
A woman in her thirties. Found naked and stabbed on the kitchen floor. Discovered by her twelve-year-old daughter after school.
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…
For fifteen years, Harper has been torn apart by the knowledge that her mother’s killer is walking free. And now, it seems he’s struck again. There are no fingerprints. No footprints. No DNA. Yet still, Harper is determined to discover the truth once and for all.

But that search will come at a cost…and it could be one she isn’t ready to pay.

Spoiler-Free Review:

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. 

Pick it up and give it a try. Let me know your thoughts down below, and I hope you enjoy it, as much as I did.


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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