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Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall (2 reviews)

Andrea F.,    18   
Dandi Daley Mackall   
The Silence of Murder   
Random House    2011

        Jeremy has not spoken a word in twelve years and he's even given up writing to communicate. There is no way he can defend himself against a murder charge after he was seen running away with a bloody bat from the body of his favorite baseball coach. But his sister Hope knows that there is no way her sweet, fantastic brother could've done this even though he sometimes still has tantrums at eighteen. There was no way he could've murdered Coach, one of his favorite people in the world. But the evidence is quickly mounting up and Jeremy refuses to say anything, forcing Hope to go looking for the real killer. An unoriginal plot but beautifully written by the author. She has a real gift for writing and makes it a murder mystery worth reading. 8/10.        

Rating: 4 Better than most


Hope P. ,   16  
Dandi Daley Mackall  
The Silence of Murder  
Random House    2011

           Beloved baseball coach John Johnson has been murdered. The only suspect is eighteen year old Jeremy Long, a boy who has not spoken a word in twelve years. He has always been a little eccentric, collecting empty jars and writing beautiful calligraphy notes about nature. But he also has a temper, and can get violent. He was seen running away from the scene of the murder with the baseball bat that killed Johnson. There seems no doubt he killed him. But Jeremy’s sixteen year old sister Hope is convinced someone is framing Jeremy. She will stop at nothing to prove his innocence, even when the whole town, including their mother, believes he is guilty. If Jeremy will not speak in his defense, Hope will be his voice. But as she delves into the mystery surrounding the coach’s death, she will learn secrets better left unspoken. Is the brother she adores as innocent as she believes him to be? This novel had all the excitement of a procedural drama, mixed with the everyday teen-age problems such as learning how to drive. In this gripping and beautifully written novel, Dandi Daley Mackall brings a murder mystery that will keep you guessing, intertwined with a story of family trust, a budding romance, tinges of humor, and the message that sometimes you do not need words to tell a story.      

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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