Christi Daugherty

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.


A former crime reporter, Daugherty [...] nails the newsroom culture, from the humorous banter to the serious work, and shows how layoffs and cutbacks have affected the way journalists cover their community.

The Washington Post
The Washington Post

The author of the best-selling YA “Night School” series marks her adult fiction debut with a spine-tingling, gritty mystery. Fans of Hank Phillippi Ryan and Michael Connelly will thoroughly enjoy this new voice in crime fiction.

Library Journal
Library Journal

I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping story. A brilliant mix of crime, thriller and suspense that kept my interest throughout. What a fabulous character Harper McClain is! I loved her guts and determination to get to the truth. I will look forward to more from Harper in the future.

Sam Carrington
Sam Carrington

An engrossing, multi-faceted mystery with snappy dialogue, a well-drawn cast of characters and a sizzling romantic subplot

Publisher's Weekly
Publisher's Weekly

Daugherty uses her experience as a crime reporter to create a pulse-pounding combination of mystery and suspense that hints at a welcome follow-up.

Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

Hot as a Savannah summer, 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. I can’t wait to meet Harper McLain again.

Cass Green, bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood
Cass Green , bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood

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
Sarah Ward , author of In Bitter Chill

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! I can’t wait for Harper McLain’s next outing.

C.J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
C.J. Tudor , author of The Chalk Man

Christi Daugherty weaves a highly entertaining story of suspense and intrigue in the mysteriously evocative setting of Savannah, Georgia.  Wrought with wonderfully alive characters and a protagonist who is both tough-minded and tender, this is a story that will have you reading late into the night.

Diane Les Becquets, author of Breaking Wild
Diane Les Becquets , author of Breaking Wild

I don't remember breathing the whole time I read The Echo Killing. Christi Daugherty has poured her own experience as a crime writer into a taut and authentic story of. A rave but damaged woman who comes upon an exact replica of her mother's murder and has to decide to trust.

Rhys Bowen
Rhys Bowen

With her newspaper background, Daugherty is the perfect champion for her crime reporting protagonist in The Echo Killing. This is a thriller that's excruciatingly suspenseful, drenched in memory, and has you biting your nails as each chapter unfolds.

Laura Childs, N.Y. Times bestselling author
Laura Childs , N.Y. Times bestselling author

A smart, tough, emotionally bruising portrayal of what murder means when it's up close and personal. A terrific book. Brava.

Carolyn Hart, N.Y. Times bestselling author
Carolyn Hart , N.Y. Times bestselling author

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, In a Dark Dark Wood
Ruth Ware , In a Dark Dark Wood



UK Publication

HarperCollins, March 2018

US Publication

St. Martin's Press / Minotaur, March 2018

Rights Sales

UK & Commonwealth: HarperCollins
North American: St Martin’s Press/Minotaur
Czech Condensation: Tarsago
Dutch: Meulenhoff Boekerij
French: Pygmalion
German: Rowohlt
Italian: Corbaccio/Garzanti
Polish: Czarna Owca
Portuguese: HarperCollins Iberica
Spanish: HarperCollins Iberica