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The Silence of Murder

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,050 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Hope Long's life revolves around her brother Jeremy. So when Jeremy is accused of killing the town's beloved baseball coach, Hope's world begins to unravel. Everyone is convinced Jeremy did it, and since he hasn't spoken a word in 9 years, he's unable to defend himself. Their lawyer instructs Hope to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane, but all her l ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Maria Kramer
Jun 15, 2012 Maria Kramer rated it did not like it
Hope's world turns upside down when her beloved brother Jeremy is accused of murdering the baseball coach. The best they can hope for is that Jeremy -- who hasn't spoken in years, collects empty jars, and believes that God talks to him -- will be found not guilty be reason of insanity. But Hope doesn't believe her brother is insane,or that he killed the coach, and she sets out to prove it with the help of her friend T. J. and the sheriff's son, Chase. Hope's investigations reveal family secrets ...more
Melissa E.
Sep 12, 2013 Melissa E. rated it it was amazing
Jeremy Long had been arrested for murdering Coach Johnson with his bat. Hope had a feeling that he didn't do it ,so she begins to investiage who really did it. Hope came to his defense in the court many times. They had several courts to see if Jeremy is guilty or not. Hope was the only one who knows that her brother couldn't have done this. He was a sweet, weird, and loving brother. T..J. and Chase helps her investiage. T.J wanted to find any kind of motives that someone who wanted to kill John. ...more
Mira Lamb
May 31, 2013 Mira Lamb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english356-01
I had to read this book for a class, but I’m really glad that I read it. I’m not normally into mysteries, but I really enjoyed this one. I thought that certain things were practically obvious, and I saw a lot of things coming, but I had expected that from a YA Lit mystery. Regardless, it was still a really fantastic read. The story kept me interested and the characters were well developed. I really loved the relationship between Hope and her brother, Jeremy. I also really loved how there was an ...more
May 03, 2014 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Hope lives in a small town with her mother and big brother, Jeremy, who hasn't spoken since he was about 9 years old. Jeremy is accused of murdering the town's baseball coach, and everyone is convinced he did it. His lawyer's defense strategy involves trying to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane, which Hope must help with. And while he is different, Hope knows he's not insane and not a murderer. With the police convinced they've caught the murderer, it's now up to Hope, her best friend T.J. ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Name: Sarah Fretz

Citation: Mackall, D. D. (2011). The silence of murder. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Genre: Mystery

Award: YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults-2013
Edgar Allan Poe Award 2012-Best Young Adult

Format: Audio

Selection: YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults-2013


What happens when your brother, the person you are the closest to, is accused of the brutal murder of his baseball coach? To make matters worse, your brother choose not to speak, hasn’t since he was a child and therefore, ca
Jun 09, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-356
So this book made me come to a conclusion that I really don't like mysteries. It made me think back to all the mysteries I've read and seen on TV and I realized that the reason I get so mad is because I ALWAYS know who did it right off the bat. I mean really, the author briefly mentions the person who did it in the book and I went, "It's that person." And then the rest of the book I just got so mad because she was so blind. There were SOOOOO many screaming clues. How could you NOT get it? Some p ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Dolores rated it really liked it
After "Twilight" hit it big, every other book that came out was a paranormal, and now dystopias are all the rage, but mysteries are still seriously underrepresented. I have a lot of teens who are big fans of the mystery, so I'm always on the lookout for them. This was a pretty good one. For one thing, the book plays fair. The clues to the killer's identity are given, so the reader has a fair chance to solve the crime. It does have one of those stupid, intrepid, "I'll solve the case by breaking a ...more
Mia Rogers
Aug 15, 2013 Mia Rogers rated it liked it
This book was a pretty decent book for all readers, even if you are more into romance than suspense. The book seemed to long for the type of book it was, almost as if the author was trying to incorporate more into the book then what was needed. After I reached the middle of the book I began to get tired of the clues like the mysterious phone calls and the white pick up truck that always seem to stalk Hope.
Overall, The Silence of Murder was a good book, despite the length of the book, I always
Jun 04, 2013 Ivy rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-356
I thought this was an interesting book. It's definitely not the best murder mystery story I've ever read, but neither was it the worst. I appreciated the main character's dedication and love for her brother, as well as her persistence in looking for an alternative murder suspect. I admit, she was really annoying at times, and inconsiderate of almost everyone besides Jeremy. The different perspectives on parenthood were interesting as well.
This is a good teen murder mystery book. It's not all tha
Jill Williamson
Feb 20, 2012 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Review by Jill Williamson

Coach Johnson is dead, and sixteen-year-old Hope Long is the only person who believes that her eighteen-year-old brother, Jeremy, is innocent. Sure, Jeremy is a little different--he's always been that way--but he's no killer. But there are no other suspects, so Hope sets out to find some and prove that Jeremy didn't kill Coach.

I'm totally impressed! This was a wonderfully creative mystery novel. The writing was excellent, and the characters were even better. I was comple
Brianne Sperber
Jan 29, 2012 Brianne Sperber rated it really liked it
In a world where YA is dominated by paranormal romance, vampires, werewolves, and girls who turn into fairies, Dandi Daley Mackall's THE SILENCE OF MURDER is a complete breath of fresh air. A sweet, well-written, well-plotted mystery, Hope Long is a girl all teens and pre-teens can really look up to. Without using sex as a motive, the book focuses instead on family values and fighting for what is right.

This is a must-read for any girl looking for a role model and looking for a fun, smart book.
Mary Farrell
Jun 24, 2012 Mary Farrell rated it really liked it
This is a great mystery story. Yes, I suspected the culprit, but I never knew for sure. Right up to the end it could have been three or even four different people. Plus, there was a great surprise near the end that ended up helping prove the case. The relationship between Hope and her brother Jeremy is wonderful, the kind that offers hope in the continued goodness of humanity. I also love how Hope has come to deal with the family life that she has. She doesn't waste time feeling sorry for hersel ...more
Mar 02, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers 14 and up
I thought this was totally predictable, but then again, I have read so many mysteries that it's difficult for me to be truly surprised. But since the young adult genre is in desperate need of books that don't have vampires, I'm giving this a big thumbs up! It was clean writing, had interesting characters and a few good plot twists. If your teenager is a mystery lover, this would be a great choice. Nothing too objectionable (unless you count Rita, the mom, who is a bit of a drunken hussy) and it ...more
Jan 20, 2015 ZBoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Silence of Murder” by Dandi Daley Mackall, is about a boy who is suspected of murdering coach Johnson the day of the big game. The only problem is Jeremy has no motive for killing him, and he is the only suspect and he hasn’t talked for nine years and can’t defend himself. “Paced like a riveting television courtroom drama with the ultimate conclusive twist.” -Review by School Library Journal Will jeremy be found guilty? Will Hope solve the mystery? This is a great mystery that you can’t put ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 23, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
Really suspenseful and unforgettable book, every page unravels the mystery of who the killer really is in vivid, detailed and emotional writing.
Oct 18, 2014 Sabrina rated it it was ok
Oct 10, 2016 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An engrossing book to listen to if you're driving across the plains. Told from the point of view of the defendant's younger sister, it is a courtroom drama, interspersed by 17-year-old Hope's attempts to investigate the murder.
May 16, 2016 Zimrri rated it really liked it

Title: The Silence Of Murder
Author: Dandi Daley Mackall
Number of Pages: 320
Characters: Hope, T.J., Chase, Jeremy, Reta, Lawyer, and The Cherif
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Mystery, Thriller,

Sixteen- year-old Hope Long, is facing a difficult time when a murder occurs in her same town, the murder of the beloved Panthers baseball coach John Johnson. The accused of the murder is her dearly beloved older brother Jeremy who has not spoken in 9 years after a day when for, “The first time Jeremy heard G
Ziear Simmons
May 26, 2015 Ziear Simmons rated it really liked it
The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall is a very suspenseful from cover to cover. The story is about a teenager named Hope Long who is trying to clear the name of her mute brother Jeremy after he is accused of killing there town's beloved baseball coach. Jeremy had decided to stop talking 9 years ago after an altercation with his abusive, and alcoholic mother. From that moment on Hope was the only one who really understood her brother. While Hope came from the same troubling upbringing she ...more
Erika  Forth
Apr 06, 2011 Erika Forth rated it really liked it
Now, I must admit, I don't read mysteries; they are just aren't my thing. However, this one, I couldn't put down! I was pleasantly surprised, and hooked, by this murder mystery focused on one sister's love and devotion to her brother. I think this book deserves much more attention than it seems to have gotten.

What caught me about this book wasn't the mystery/court case plot. It was the characters. The main character, Hope, is a devoted and caring sister who would do anything to save her brother,
John Clark
Mar 03, 2012 John Clark rated it it was amazing
In The Silence of Murder, Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 11, 2011) 9780375868962, she hit a home run on her first foray into a new genre. Hope Long hasn't had the best life, but she's been able to cope. Her father was killed in a pedestrian accident when she was three, her mother, Rita, is a drunk and a pretty poor excuse for a mother. The only family member who really matters to her is her 18 year old brother Jeremy. Unfortunately, Jeremy has problems of his own. He hasn't spoken for te ...more
Victor Jimenez
Jan 12, 2015 Victor Jimenez rated it it was ok
The Silence of Murder a book that tries to be a mystery but fails in so many ways that it really isn't doing what it sets out to be. Here is the thing the book main plot is that Jeremy a kid that doesn't talk but can is accused of killing the Coach and it's up to his sister to save him and get him out of the situation he is in. The plot sounds pretty interesting but here is the thing the book only focuses on Jeremy story for about half the book. This is where the problems I have with the book st ...more
Becky Dartnall
Feb 17, 2014 Becky Dartnall rated it really liked it
A sister Hope, her special needs older brother Jeremy, and a sketchy single mom, Rita, - this is who we are introduced to in the opening chapter, a memory from Hope of her brother's first "song" he sings from God, as he calls it, while they both wait, half freezing in the back seat of a car in the middle of winter, watching Rita leave another guy. This is the last day Hope remembers Jeremy speaking - he becomes voluntarily mute ever after. While the opening is a bit confusing, the novel quickly ...more
Amy Lignor
Oct 12, 2011 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
Hope Long is sixteen-years-old and is stuck in a life where she can barely breathe. This is a girl whose mother is total slime. Old Mom likes to drink like a sieve, hit her kids, go from trailer to trailer, and bed every male slime in the universe; in other words, dear Mom is the essence of trailer-trash. The one bright spot in Hope’s life is her truly wonderful brother, Jeremy. Jeremy suffers from a disease that even the doctor’s fight over - could be Autism, but might be something else. But Ho ...more
May 26, 2014 Kennalee rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-1-12
The very first line of this novel will pull you into the story like very few other novels I know of. "The first time Jeremy heard God sing, we were in the old Ford, rocking back and forth with the wind." But because of some domestic violence from his mother Rita he stops talking shortly after, and begins his collection of jars. His little sister, Hope, is left wondering what is really wrong with her selectively mute brother. The story quickly advances to when Jeremy is nineteen years old and on ...more
Oct 04, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This book was an interesting look at autism without the pity or the "quirky" insider view that has been more popular in novels of late, as well as a study of the brother-sister dynamic in a very dysfunctional family, and a bit of teen romance as well as mystery. Hope is frantic with worry about her brother, Jeremy, an unusual young man who has been voluntarily mute for 10 years, and who is on trial for murder based on solid circumstantial evidence. She is convinced he is innocent and wants to pr ...more
Amir Owens
The silence of murder by Dandi Daley Mackall is an mysterious book about a seventeen year old girl named Hope and mostly her whole life was revolved around her brother Jeremy. One night the baseball coach is killed and everyone in the town is convince that Jeremy killed him. The only thing is that Jeremy hasn't said a word in nine year's so Jeremy's lawyer asks Hope to prove his innocence to the jury and convince them that Jeremy is not crazy. While hope is gathering evidence to prove that Jerem ...more
Nov 17, 2011 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
I did not realize that this was basically a young adult book when I began reading it since my library copy did not state this on the spine. But once I realized it was geared toward a youthful audience more than an adult one, I was able to appreciate it more. Not that I wouldn't have liked it anyway.

The narrator is sixteen year old Hope Long, a character that reminded me of Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird, if Scout had been older and had lived in the present. Hope is vulnerable, yet strong, fear
Apr 21, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it
I'm always looking for good murder mysteries for my teens, and The Silence of Murder is one I'll be happy to recommend.

Jeremy has been accused of murdering his coach and mentor. Jeremy is 18 years old, and hasn't spoken since he was about nine years old. The story is told by his younger sister, Hope, who is the only one who believes that Jeremy is innocent. The attorney is going for the insanity defense, but although Jeremy has a disease somewhere on the autistic spectrum, Hope knows he isn't in
Aug 07, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I couldn't put this book down. Right from the beginning, I was hooked. I kept thinking, "It could've been him--or HIM--or her!" who murdered the coach and the book kept me guessing right up until the very end--even though I did figure most of the stuff out by the end. Still, there was a nice twist at the end I didn't expect which was great. A great teen mystery.

Booktalk: If you read FREAKS LIKE US and enjoyed that, you might try this one. This is one mystery I couldn't put down. Hope'
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A professional writer for over 20 years, Dandi Daley Mackall has written dozens of articles for popular magazines and published around 500 books for children and adults alike, with sales of over 4 million.

A frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, she lives in rural Ohio with her husband, three children, horses, dogs, & cats. Awards include the Edgar Award for Best YA Mystery, the H
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