Judith D Collins
The Echo Killing
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 3/13/2018
My Rating: 4 Stars 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…
Praise for The Echo Killing
An engrossing, multifaceted mystery with snappy dialogue, a well-drawn cast of characters, and a sizzling romantic subplot. The book ends with a clever plot twist that paves the way for a sequel. Readers will eagerly await Harper’s further adventures.’—Publishers Weekly
A pulse-pounding combination of mystery and suspense that hints at a welcome follow-up.’—Kirkus
About the Author
Former crime reporter Christi Daugherty is the author of the international best-selling Night School series, which was published under the name CJ Daugherty. Before writing Night School, Christi worked as a newspaper journalist in American cities including Savannah and New Orleans. She won numerous awards for her reporting, particularly her investigative journalism into corruption and crime. These days, she writes novels and screenplays, and lives in England with her husband, the filmmaker Jack Jewers.
The Night School series has been translated into 24 languages, and has been a bestseller in multiple countries.
The Echo Killing takes Christi back to her crime writing roots. It will be published in 2018. Read More