The Echo Killing
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…
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 resources, willing to get into danger with Harper, and Harper and he make a great team.
Finally, I can't forget to mention mystery man and possible love interest, Luke Walker. There is a lot about Luke that was barely revealed. I can't wait to get to know more about Luke as well as I hope to see him more in future books. Harper and Luke's current relationship status is "it's complicated". Make sure that The Echo Killing is on your list to read for 2018. You don't want to miss this book!