Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Review: Revolver Road by Christi Daugherty


Title: Revolver Road
Author: Christi Daugherty
Series: Harper McClain, #3
Published: March 2020, Minotaur Books
Format: Hardcover, 293 pages
Source: Personal copy

Crime reporter Harper McClain is back on the beat when a troubled musician vanishes in Christi Daugherty’s Revolver Road.

Even in the chill of February, no place touches Harper McClain’s heart like Savannah. She should be walking beneath the historic city’s towering oaks, surrounded by graceful mansions. Instead, she’s hiding miles away on Tybee Island after a mysterious voice on the phone warned her that someone wanted her dead. The call was too specific to ignore. The caller knew everything about her. But that was months ago, and she’s getting tired of being scared.

Her only escape is her work at the newspaper, where the hottest story in town is the disappearance of Xavier Rayne. The singer had a hit album on his hands, and was about to go on tour, but then he walked out of his beachfront home and vanished. The police believe he drowned, but Harper suspects his disappearance may be more ominous than that. Something doesn’t feel right about it.

His bandmates and actress girlfriend say he’s run away before. They expect him to come home. Until a body washes up with two bullet holes in it. Now everyone in Rayne’s life is a suspect. As Harper digs deeper into the case, though, the threats against her own life return. The phone call she received was very real. A killer from her past is coming for her.

Now she must solve two murders, or end up dying on Revolver Road…

My thoughts: This is the third book in Christi Daugherty's Harper McClain series and it is one series that should not be missed. This is such an engaging and atmospheric series that just pulls you right in.

Once again we have a rather fast-paced and addicting book. This one starts off fairly soon after where the previous book ends and I love how there are two threads that we are following. The first is of course the on-going one that has been carried over since the first book, the mystery surrounding the murder of Harper's mother. The second is the case Harper finds herself involved in on Tybee Island - the missing musician, which becomes more complicated the further Harper digs. This is a self-contained case that is solved within this book.

I totally recommend reading this series in order so that you get the full backstory on Harper and see how her character develops over the series. It's only three books to-date and the way the author builds the mystery surrounding the death of Harper's mother really is central to this series. You will also have a better understanding of who all the players are and how they relate to Harper if you read the series in order...but that's just my opinion.

I highly recommend this series. Each book is completely binge-able and Harper is a character you will be both rooting for and wanting more of. I hope this isn't the last we see of her.

Books in this series:

  1. The Echo Killing
  2. A Beautiful Corpse
  3. Revolver Road

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