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3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  877 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Murray, a loner who communes with the dead in the town cemetery, hears the voice of a murdered cheerleader and tries to convince the adults that he knows what happened to her. But who believes him? He's a loser. Can he even believe in himself? Also comes Pearl, the daughter of the cemetery caretaker, who befriends Murray and tries to enter his world. Together they may prov ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Roaring Brook Press
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Thomas
Mar 28, 2009 Thomas rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This book had great potenial, but the execution lacked a bit. The story was interesting, but never had any true strong points and there never seemed to be a climax to me. The characters were okay, I liked a few more than others. Sometimes I felt as if the story could've done without a few of the characters, and by the end I think the author was ignoring certain characters that really didn't pertain to the story at all. While the book was good enough to keep me reading, the ending did dissapoint ...more
Margaret
Sep 22, 2010 Margaret rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Booktalk: Murray Kiefer is a loner with a weird name and a disaster of a mother. His real friends are at the cemetery. He sits at their graves and listens to the dead tell him their stories, and they listen to him. But now he hears a new voice crying out, asking for help, asking to be found. While Murray tries to find out who is calling to him so desparately, Deputy Sheriff Gates is on his own quest, searching for a missing teenager, searching for a killer.

Dead Connection has a supernatural bent
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Theresa
Oct 18, 2010 Theresa rated it did not like it
Shelves: 722
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George Parker
Jan 28, 2016 George Parker rated it liked it
The premise for Dead Connection is intriguing...a boy in a cemetery who can speak with the dead involved in a missing person mystery.

Charlie Price tells this story through multiple viewpoints, which was also interesting. One of those other viewpoints is that of a mentally challenged young man. I really enjoyed this perspective.

I had hoped to read more from Murray's perspective, the boy who can communicate with the dead. I was certainly left wanting to hear more about this guy. I believe Charlie
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Lacy Lovelace
Apr 06, 2014 Lacy Lovelace rated it really liked it
It definitely was not what I expected. It was a murder mystery taken from the perspective of 6 people. The boy in the book was kind of a clairovoyant who could communicate with the deceased and considered a few as family since his mother was not involved. He befriends the caretaker, Jenochek, and his daughter, Pearl, and their friendship takes them on an adventure to find out..."What happened to Nikki Parker?" All the while a police officer, Gates, is working on the Nikki Parker case with the he ...more
pietastic
Apr 13, 2016 pietastic rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh
Try reading something different, I said. It's only $3 I said. That was $3 too much.

I was intrigued by the description, and if that indeed had been the actual book, it could have got 3 stars. But the description lied. The kid talking to the dead bit was *maybe* 20% of the book. The rest was from other perspectives about this investigation. And as investigations go, it was shoddy at best. Most of the time, I was just wondering what anything had to do with anything and the further I got into the bo
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Ash
Jul 25, 2010 Ash rated it liked it
Dead Connection is unique to anything I have ever read before in many aspects, I don't believe I have ever read a book with a male character being able to communicate with the dead before, nor do I believe I have read a book that has been told from the perspective of so many characters. Of course, none of these diminish the story surprisingly. Generally, with so many characters the story becomes lost, however, I found Murray to be a particularly interesting and somewhat captivating character. He ...more
Anna Karras
Oct 18, 2009 Anna Karras rated it liked it
This book wasn't what I expected. The cover says, "He talks to the dead. The dead talk to him." I thought it would be more of a story about Murray, the kid they are talking about on the cover. But it really reads more like an episode of Law and Order. There was a crime committed, and the story jumps around from place to place and person to person to put the pieces together to solve the mystery. I guess I was hoping for more of a story about a boy who finds he has this talent/curse and must find ...more
Rowen Satell
Sep 12, 2015 Rowen Satell rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who like boring things
Shelves: blah
Plucked this book off my sister's bookshelf and was really disappointed. I was worried the book would be a little cheesy/cliché because of the blurb but overall it was immensely boring and poorly delivered.
The idea was cool. A kid who talks to dead people and is friends with some of the younger deceased.

Quickly though things went downhill for me in the book. For those of you like myself who read the blurb and think the story follows Murray and him alone - I'm here to tell you it doesn't. In fa
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Mariela
Mar 08, 2016 Mariela rated it really liked it
My Favorite character in the book was Pearl. She was my favorite character because she stood on what she believed since the beginning no mater how crazy it sounded like she wasn't afraid to show what her believes were. She also I think was really nice and sweet with the people that surrounded her. That's why she is my favorite character...
The question I have for the author is, why didn't Gary pay...?
One of the quotes I liked was: "These people need me. Everybody needs a friend! - Murray
This boo
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Sarah Crawford
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
A girl named Nikki Parker apparently is missing. No body has turned up. The police have three suspects, including her ex-boyfriend, a tennis coach, and a bus driver.

Murray is a high school boy who is is unpopular at school. His mother had been arrested for prostitution and tends to still play around a lot. He has the ability to talk to the dead in cemeteries, dealing only with the relatively younger persons in the graves. He spends most of his time in the cemetery talking to the dead. They are,
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Dhanna Soriano
Apr 07, 2015 Dhanna Soriano rated it liked it
At first, it seems a puzzle that you need to solve in order to understand the flow of the story. But as I went further and put the pieces together, I surely understand the story but it takes time haha and the ending satisfy me :D
Azuree
Mar 23, 2016 Azuree rated it it was ok
I really didn't like this book. I found the characters to be very whiny. Everyone had all of these random problems - one guy was a drunk and an ass in general and he kept getting thrown into the mix here and there to spout some random crap before the next narrator came on. Then there was the deputy guy who kept mentioning his dead kid and gambling habit. Then you had the main character Murray and his hooker, druggie mom and Pearl who was just a little mean in general. The ending was horrible. Th ...more
Ron Giesecke
May 11, 2015 Ron Giesecke rated it liked it
I love my "connection" to this inugural book. Maybe it's because I live in "Riverton," or that my father is actually buried in the cemetary used for the book's backdrop. I don't know.

Anyway, I just finished this book this morning. I hopped on my bike and rode the four blocks to the cemetary (as I do from time to time, anyways). I walked through the place, taking a different impression of it than I have before. I felt fortunate that I was able to picture much of what was described in actual, tang
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Katie
Jun 23, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it
Really this is more like a 3.5 stars novel.

Characters are great, and varied. The biggest issue I had was the major plot twist at the very end.
All in all, pretty standard Who Done It novel. Girl goes missing, sheriff finds info from an unreliable source, vague coincidences, with a splash of "Oh yeah, this boy can talk to dead people".
Every chapter is told from a different point of view, switching between Murray, Janochek (the cemetery groundskeeper), Billup (an alcoholic law officer), Gates (t
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Drucilla
Jan 18, 2015 Drucilla rated it liked it
Shelves: p
Actual rating: 3.75 stars. This book just missed a four star rating. I liked that it was so different from your standard "kid speaks to dead people" plot. Murray and what he can do aren't really the focus of the book. It feels more like a character study of people who just happen to be tied together by a girl's disappearance. There were so many great characters. The reason it doesn't quite get four stars is because (view spoiler) ...more
Kate Brown
Jan 25, 2016 Kate Brown rated it liked it
Shelves: school
I picked up this book thinking it would focus on Murray's ability to talk with the dead. Unfortunately, the book really centered on the mystery behind a missing girl and a cop who is trying to find her. There were a handful of other minor characters who tried to add to the plot, but did so unsuccessfully. It almost felt like the story went on several tangents before finally coming back to Murray and the dead people he was able to communicate with. There was some inappropriate sexual and drug con ...more
Lyn Sidek
This book is written in all the characters' point of views. So, technically this story doesn't exactly circle around Murray but around the girl who went missing (Nikki). This is because every characyer in the story -in a way- played a role in solving the mystery about the missing girl. However, along thw way, some characters get more and more irrelevant to the story. Readers are given a background on every character, except the murderer. There was no way for any reader to have suspected the righ ...more
Amber
The book wasn't at all what I thought. Instead of having one main character, every chapter would switch off to somebody else. It kind of confused me because the book's summary said it was about a kid who could talk to the dead. And the kid was in there but it wasn't about him. In fact, I really don't know what the main idea was about. And towards the end, the book kind of just ended. It left it hanging but since the story was pretty much finished anyways, you know there isn't going to be another ...more
Arminzerella
This suspenseful little book uses different perspectives, short chapters, and a riveting story to hold your attention. Nikki Parker has been missing since October 17th, and the police have few leads. A number of people may have seen her, but only one of them can actually hear her voice from beyond the grave. Murray has been coming to the cemetery for a long time now, to commune with his dead friends – he doesn’t really have any others. Then one day he hears a new voice – a frightening one, Nikki ...more
Natasha Yim
Dec 06, 2011 Natasha Yim rated it really liked it
This book has a great premise—a young boy who can hear and talk to the dead. Murray is a bit of a loner with an unstable and lonely home life. His mother's an alcoholic prostitute parading a string of men/clients in and out of the home, so Murray retreats to the cemetery where he finds solace amongst the dead. He hears and talks to them and keeps them "company". Until one day, he hears another voice...a new voice...that no one seems to know. And, along with his friend, Pearl, embarks on a missio ...more
Chawakorn-isb
Feb 23, 2011 Chawakorn-isb rated it liked it
The book "Dead Connection" by Charlie Price is a more of a comedy book rather than horror. This book rotate around two different story first is a boy named Murray whom is able to talk to the dead. Second is about a Deputy Gates who is looking for a missing girl on a school ground. I think that book is not a very good book due to the fact that it is very confusing. There are far too many character in this book. In the beginnning there are atleast 8 character. Also the order that this story go is ...more
Lori Spadea
Jul 19, 2011 Lori Spadea rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! It was interesting the way the chapters were organized. Each chapter introduced a new character at the beginning. That created some suspense,for me, about how they were all going to be related and woven together. Murray was an interesting character. I didn't know what to make of him at first. He had a terrible home life and I wasn't sure if he could really hear the dead, or if there was something psychological going on. Well, turns out he can talk to the dead. He hangs out ...more
Izze
Nov 03, 2011 Izze rated it really liked it
This book is about a mystery involving four main characters. The first main character is Murray, a teenage boy in high school who is a loner and spends his time at a cemetery "I think of myself as the comforter. That's what I want on my stone." (Price, page 4). The second main character is Gates who is the deputy Sierra County Sheriff's Department with a dead son and an ex-wife and just got a case on a missing teenage girl "He was familiar with sorrow" (Price, page 6). Next is a young man who i ...more
Rohm1234
Jan 21, 2014 Rohm1234 rated it it was amazing
Reflection By Seth Rohm
Dead Connection
By: Charlie Price
Genre: Mystery
English 12-4

I like this book because i enjoy reading about mysteries and how all the curves and twists come together making a roller coaster of emotion throughout the book. All this excitement happens in a small hill town called River-town. It starts off with a young, nerdy man named Murray. What Murray does is hangs out in the local cemetery of River-town. He has a secret that will be explained in the book in a series of even
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Jennifer Wardrip
May 04, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Murray is an outcast, who talks to the dead. He visits the cemetery every day to talk to his friends. He stays away from most living people until he meets Pearl, the graveyard caretaker's daughter. She finds him strange, but is also drawn to him.

One afternoon, Murray hears a new voice. While he can hear her and sense her presence, he can't see her or talk to her. Meanwhile, the town scrambles to find out what happened to Nikki, a missing cheerlead
...more
Teagan
Jul 20, 2011 Teagan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, single
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Shirley Worley
Mar 19, 2013 Shirley Worley rated it really liked it
I found this book to be quite unusual in its style of writing and a little different from what I usually read, but I loved it and found it to be a quick read. There are several entertwining characters in the story and for the most part each chapter revolves around one character. Murray, the main character, is shy, awkward and because of a troubling home life, spends much of his time in the cemetary listening and talking to the dead. He eventually becomes friends with the caretakers daughter and ...more
Marsha
Nov 18, 2009 Marsha rated it really liked it
If you enjoy a good mystery, Dead Connection will not dissapoint you. The book is being told from the perspective of several character's perspective but mainly centers around a boy named Murray who has the unique ability to bring comfort to the dead in the local "cemetery." Murray is an outcast in his town, since his mother has a less than perfect reputation with the towns folk (once she was arrested for prostitution. A local girl goes missing and there are several characters (cops) who are seek ...more
Chelsea
May 07, 2009 Chelsea rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-class
This book is told from different perspectives; that of a teen named Murray who hangs out in the cemetery talking to the ghosts there. Another is a policeman trying to solve the case of a missing teenage girl. The next is that of a troubled young man who has committed some minor crimes and can't remember things very well. A few other characters also take turns telling the story from their perspective, helping to move the plot along and solve the pieces of the mystery. The style of the writing kin ...more
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