By Christi Daughtery


Publisher: Minotaur Books (March, 2020)
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN-13: 978-1-250-23588-6

Kindle edition: $14.99 


Harper McClain mystery (Book 3 of 3)

Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel
(December, 2020)


Savannah reporter Harper McClain was twelve when she found her mother dead on the floor. The case was never solved. Several months ago, an anonymous caller warned her that the man who murdered her mother was coming for her, but gave her no other information. Taking him seriously, she fled to Tybee Island, a sleepy, low crime community, keeping a low profile and returning to the city only for work. Months went by with no sign of trouble, and she began to wonder if the caller was wrong, or if it was a hoax.

When a neighbor, rock music star Xavier Rayne, disappeared on the eve of a major tour for his new album, she reached out to his housemates, trying to help. The police believe he drowned, and his friends thought he’d just run away for a while, as he’d done many times before. They were all proved wrong when his body washed ashore days later with two bullet holes in it. Sensing the story that could make her career, she dived into the investigation, with the approval of the newspaper. That decision proved dangerous for her and for Xavier’s friends--would she get a major story, or would she lose her life?

The anonymous source resurfaced, asking her to meet him to learn the truth about her mother’s death. His information about her father's early law career and its connection to her mother's murder shocked her to the core, making her rethink her whole life. Her search for the truth about both her mother’s and Xavier’s murder put her in grave peril, but she would not stop until she had her answers.

This is a well-plotted thriller, with well-rounded characters and plenty of color and atmosphere from the beautiful city of Savannah. Harper is a flawed but resilient and engaging protagonist. This is the third in the series, after the highly praised THE ECHO KILLING and A BEAUTIFUL CORPSE.  Highly recommended.

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