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The Silence of Murder

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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  779 ratings  ·  213 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
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Published October 11th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Maria Kramer
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
Mira Lamb
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
Sarah
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

Review:

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
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Sarah
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
Melissa E.
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
Dolores
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
Jill Williamson
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
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Mia Rogers
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
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Ivy
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
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Brianne Sperber
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.
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ZBoz
“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
Mary Farrell
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
Megan
Apr 13, 2012 Megan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Isa A
Dandi Daley Mackall tells the story of a boy accused of murder and a sister who cares to much to let him go to prison without trying to prove him innocent in the nail biting mystery “The Silence Of Murder”. Hope and Jeremy Long live with their single mother, Rita Long, who is always out having good times and leaving them home to clean and do her work. Hope helps take care of her brother Jeremy who won’t talk and has a strange hobby of collecting clear empty jars. One morning Hope hears a loud kn ...more
Annette
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
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Becky Dartnall
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
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
Karen
My star rating: 3.5

Who really killed Coach Johnson?

I found this book interesting and engaging as a young adult mystery. I thought the plot was well thought out with the exception of a few points that could have used further exploration. The way MacKall paced the courtroom scenes kept the reader turning pages and the tension high.

Hope Long is a young woman who has lived a very hard life with a broken family and an alcoholic mother. She is a strong and resilient teen for all she has endured but is
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Cheryl
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
Devon R
The book “Silence of Murder” by Dandi Dali Daley is about a boy named Jeremy Long who is being accused of murdering his coach, John Johnson. But there is a problem Jeremy is selectively mute. So his sister Hope Long and two of her friends Chase and TJ all know that Jeremy would not hurt anyone.They started making a list of all the suspects. Hope thinks that the killer is Caroline Johnson but she has cancer so no one thinks she could have done it. In court Hope met a lawyer named Mr. Keller and R ...more
Molly K
Dandi Daley Mackall wrote a story of a teenager, Hope Long, who loves her older brother Jeremy and she would do anything for him. When Jeremy is accused of killing the town's favorite coach, Hope is determined to find out who the real killer is and prove her brother innocent. Hope seems like the only one who truly believes in her brother's innocence, “He didn't do it. Jeremy didn't do it.” (Page 38). With the help of her best friend ,TJ, and the sheriff's son, Chase, can Hope find out who the r ...more
Chris
For some of my latest reads, I think a lack of star rating is in the best interest for the author, as I don't want to bring their score down based on my not being the "right" audience. This is another of those novels.

There are moments of beauty here, for sure, as some of this book is gorgeous and heart-breaking. Honestly, I also loved the premise and initial setup to the story. However, the execution was not for me.

I felt like the main character could've and should've been so much more. Yes, she
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Elise
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Lyn
Sixteen-year-old Hope Long refuses to believe her brother Jeremy killed the high school coach, even after the police find the murder weapon under his bed. Now he's on trial for murder. On the advice of Jeremy's lawyer, their mother has Jeremy plead guilty by reason of insanity. Hope races the clock to find the real killer.

Although eighteen-year-old Jeremy is not retarded, most people think he is. And he's not insane. His actions may seem strange to other people, but Hope knows they make sense to
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Elzbeth
Because of how he was treated when he was young, Jeremy stopped talking. And now he's being framed for murder. With the help of two friends, his sister knows he didn't do it and sets out to prove the jury wrong.

This was alright. Didn't see the twist at the end. I wasn't really thrilled about the premise which is why I gave the book a three. The boy is obviously autistic, but no one in the judicial system really seems to care about this. That's the part that really bugged me. And the attitude of
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BenBC
In “The Silence of Murder” by Dandi Daley Mackall you will meet many normal characters except for one, that characters name is Jeremy Long. He is a selective mute and accused of murdering his favorite person in the world, Coach Johnson. “He even traded his brand new boots for a pair of old sneakers but he is not crazy.”(p.43) Did Jeremy really murder coach or was he framed? Will Jeremy go to jail? In this book Jeremy’s sister Hope, and her friend Tj have to prove that Jeremy is innocent. This bo ...more
Kennalee
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
Victor Jimenez
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
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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 400 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.
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