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The Silence of Murder

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,311 ratings  ·  285 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 ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Maria Kramer
Jun 15, 2012 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
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was definitely a page turner. I was surprised as heck by who the killer ended up being. I was torn between who I thought it was. At the end of every chapter I kept changing my mind. The love Hope had for her brother Jeremy was amazing. It was so heartwarming that no matter what she never gave up on him. Rita was just a horrible person. There were times when T.J. would annoy me with how rude he was with Hope because of her relationship with Chase.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was seriously gobsmacked by this novel. I stayed up until two a.m. to finish because it was so enthralling. The entire story unfolds through the eyes of Hope and is told in first person point of view. Not always my favourite POV, but it really works when it comes to YA fiction.

And Hope is such an intriguing character. She's a survivor. Tenacious. Loyal. And a whole lot desperate. Because she's the only one looking for answers. And her brother's future lies in the balance so if law enforcement
Melissa E.
Sep 12, 2013 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 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
Kimberly Antill
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have a confession to make: I did it again; I judged a book by its cover! Honestly, I think the cover is boring and I dislike the title so I had very low expectations for the Silence of Murder. When will I learn it's what's on the inside that counts. Once I started reading, I found I couldn't put it down. Now I'm not ready to give it mystery of the year award or anything but there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested and wanting to know what happened next.
Jaclyn Zelke
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and it was exactly what I needed! A light yet adventurous mystery novel with many twists and turns to get completely lost in! I love novels that walk you through a full trial; It makes me feel really involved in the case! I would have given this book 3.5 stars, but I just loved the epilogue so I couldn't give it anything less than a 4! I so enjoyed this read!
Kaitlyn Krispense
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ahhhh... Oh my goodness, I love Jeremy so much. <3 Although I had the murderer pegged from nearly the beginning, it was still epic seeing how everything played out. Plus, I did doubt my suspicions a time or two. ;)
May 03, 2014 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 ...more
Jun 14, 2012 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,
Jun 09, 2013 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 ...more
Mar 11, 2012 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 ...more
Jill Williamson
Feb 20, 2012 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
Jun 04, 2013 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
Mia Rogers
Aug 15, 2013 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
Brianne Sperber
Jan 29, 2012 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 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 ...more
Jan 20, 2015 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
Mar 02, 2012 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 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was quick and easy to read I am a huge fan of mysteries, I really enjoyed "The Silence of Murder." The characters are enjoyable, the pace is great, and the plot twists were great!
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 23, 2015 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.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Silence of Murder” is a very action packed book. There are two main characters in the book, one who is a girl named Hope, and the second who is her brother named Jeremy. Hope is a very loving sister and works hard to keep her family together since her dad has passed away. Rita who is Jeremy’s mom is more of an alcoholic and is not the wealthiest. Rita is always yelling at Jeremy because she thinks he is crazy, for all the weird stuff he does like collecting empty jars that his sister gives ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The Silence of Murder...
“Hope’s tears — Psalm 56:8”

The Silence of Murder is about Hope Long whose brother has been accused of murder. The only thing is her brother, Jeremy, can't talk and others are convinced he was the one who did it. Hope knows her brother wouldn't be capable of such things. He can’t defend himself and he can’t tell his side of the story, which leaves the question of, who really killed Coach Johnson? This book was very interesting from the first page. The whole concept of the
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
In “The Silence of Murder” by Daley Mackall, innocent Hope has a problem when her brother is convicted of murder. Jeremy is accused of killing the baseball coach, John Johnson. I have to be honest this book is very easy to get glued to. It is very suspenseful and keeps me on the edge of my seat. The book is mostly about Hope and Chase Wells trying to prove that her brother is innocent. As most things go, there were ups and downs. Right when they thought ‘who did it’ is solved, they just got ...more
Sandy Tomlinson
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Coach is dead - one blow to the head with a bat. Hope's selectively mute brother, Jeremy, is on trial for the murder. The bat was his and he was caught with it, after all. Rita is their mom. She's always lived on the wild side. She drinks too much and has too many men. She often doesn't make it home until morning, leaving her kids to fend for themselves. The three of them moved to Grain, Ohio three years ago. It's a small town around Wooster, Ohio. (I think Grain is fictitious, but Wooster is a ...more
Demont Grissom
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book The Silence of Murder, written by Dandi Daley Mackall, defines procrastination. It takes most of the book to get good, and it is not worth reading the whole book just to get to the good stuff. The good stuff is scattered here and there, but is mostly at the end. It tells the reader information in slowest way possible, like Daley’s goal was to waste as much of your time as possible. It uses three words when it could have said one. For example, the sixth sentence of the book says “She ...more
Alejandro Medina
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Silence of Murder is an exceptional novel, providing enough details and back story for anyone to understand what’s going on. Dandi Daley Mackall does a great job explaining outcomes of certain events with back stories of the characters. She keeps the book with a consistent pace for the reader to hang on and keep turning the page. However, one small issue I came across was how slow paced the book unfolded, taking a little more pages then needed to focus on one part. The author can give ...more
Scott-Anthony Ray
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall, is novel of heavy description and drawn out events. The story involves a teenage girl who attempts to prove the innocence of her brother in an accused murder. A story that has an issue based in the future seems to focus so much on the past. It has flash back after flash back, thought after thought, it becomes so repetitive to the point where it is difficult to tell when the story is in the present or the past. While the novel is description heavy, ...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 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