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The Silence of Murder

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  969 Ratings  ·  236 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
Jun 13, 2013 Mira Lamb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Melissa E.
Sep 27, 2013 Melissa E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 06, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2012 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 12, 2013 Ivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Brianne Sperber
Jan 29, 2012 Brianne Sperber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 26, 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  ·  review of another edition
Really suspenseful and unforgettable book, every page unravels the mystery of who the killer really is in vivid, detailed and emotional writing.
Mary Farrell
Jun 24, 2012 Mary Farrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  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
Kathy Martin
Jul 10, 2016 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This excellent mystery, an Edgar YA winner in 2012, tells the story of Hope Long who is convinced that her brother Jeremy is not guilty of killing baseball coach John Johnson. Since Jeremy is autistic and selectively mute, he can't explain why he was running away from the barn where Johnson was found. That the murder weapon was his own wooden bat doesn't help either.

Hope knows that her brother couldn't have done that but she is alone in her opinion. Her brother's lawyer and her own mother are t
May 16, 2016 Zimrri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Adriana Alvarado
Mar 18, 2016 Adriana Alvarado rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Silence of Murder wasn't that great of a book it was very slow and the ending wasn't much of the shock. it was pretty predictable and not interesting. It lacked mystery for a mystery book it seemed to have more romance. The writing was good but it lacked life I had lost all interest right in the middle of the book.

the book was about a girl named hope whose brother is on trail for murdering the baseball coach but she believe he had nothing to do with it, but Jeremy isn't saying anything beca
Ziear Simmons
May 26, 2015 Ziear Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Isa A
Mar 02, 2015 Isa A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2014 Sabrina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Apr 21, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Becky Dartnall
Feb 17, 2014 Becky Dartnall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hope Long and her older brother, Jeremy, have been close their entire lives. Jeremy's always been considered a little different by the people around them because he doesn't talk and has a slight obsession with empty jars, but Hope doesn't care. However, when a murder takes place in the town they live in, Jeremy gets blamed for it. It's up to Hope and her friends to find proof that Jeremy didn't do it.
I enjoyed this book. It kept my attention for the whole story, which is good. Hope as a charac
Oct 17, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 11, 2015 Devon R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
6Clardy K
Hope Long believes that her brother is innocent. Jeremy, her brother is being blamed for a murder of a baseball coach. The court calls Jeremy "quiet" and "reserved" because he sits at the stand and does not say one word. He is quiet because he is innocent but nobody believes him so he has just given up on trying to go against it. All through the book, Hope tries to prove that her brother is innocent. She finds "impeccable evidence" and stifles through "piles and piles of papers and suspects". Sh ...more
Molly K
Jan 30, 2015 Molly K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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