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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dandi Daley Mackall Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9780385361484
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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 nine years, he’s unable to defend himself. Their lawyer instructs Hope to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane, but all her life Hope has known that Jeremy’s just different than other people—better, even. As she works to prove his innocence alongside her best friend T.J. and the sheriff's son, Chase, Hope uncovers secrets about the murder, the townspeople, her family, and herself. She knows her brother isn’t the murderer. But as she comes closer to the truth, she’s terrified to find out who is.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The setting is vivid, and believable red herrings litter the path. To her credit, Mackall resists the temptation to make Jeremy a stereotypical autistic teen, and the result is a mesmerizing blend of love, sacrifice, and finding the truth at all costs.”

    VOYA

  • The Silence of Murder is gritty and intense, and it will appeal to readers who appreciate realistic depictions of criminal investigations. Mackall portrays autism with compassion and sensitivity; Hope's unerring devotion to her brother, and her ability to see beyond his disability, beautifully anchors this novel.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of the 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 2/15/2014

    " The Silence of Murder is an excellent, but pretty formulaic murder mystery with multiple plausible suspects, strong motives and great clues. Author, Dandi Mackall, also included a great realistic fiction story. It is a winning combination that most YA readers will enjoy. Hope is a hard working teen determined not to throw her life away making the same mistakes her alcoholic mother did. Hope is also fiercely protective of her autistic older brother Jeremy. When Jeremy is arrested for murdering the town hero, Hope is the only one who believes he is innocent. Since no one else will do it, Hope decides she must find the real killer. With the help of friends Chase and T.J., Hope uncovers several long held town secrets, and someone desperate for the truth to stay buried begins threatening Hope. Readers will probably change their minds several times as new clues point to new suspects, but they will share Hope's determination to save Jeremy and will come to love Jeremy and Hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/1/2014

    " The Edgar Award winner for Young Adult Fiction. There are too few good mysteries in YA Lit and this is a good summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/29/2014

    " A winner with me. Interesting, complex characters with a decent mystery. I think this will be a hit with teens and a good one for a book discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/29/2014

    " I love a good murder mystery and this is one. I kind of had an inkling of who done it early on, but I was hoping I was wrong. I smiled at the character names: Hope for our heroine, Raymond (Perry Mason-like drama) for the defense attorney, Chase for the dreamy guy, Jeremy (God will set you free)... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolores | 1/21/2014

    " 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 and entering" main characters. That cost it a star, and I guess it should have cost it more than one, but Jeremy was such a fantastic character that he saved the book. He has the most unique collection ever. What an amazing idea. It made me want to start my own collection. Jeremy is a collector of something so ordinary and mundane, yet unique and precious. I can see him as an old, old man revisiting his collection and basking in the happiness each one would evoke. It made me smile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Markus | 1/20/2014

    " This book was waiting for me on my English teacher's shelf i was immeadiatly hooked on the book and could'nt get enough of the little town called grain.At the end i most assuredly they were going to bring in a different character to play the role of kiler.I could'nt be chase. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mhairi Holmes | 1/9/2014

    " I have been emotionally ruined and reduced to tears because of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie Muñoz | 1/9/2014

    " Loved the characters in this book. Couldn't stop listening! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzette Gee | 12/30/2013

    " This is such a well-written mystery, so hats off to the author. Unforunately, I had the murderer guessed in the first chapter, but then the author had enough twists to make me doubt my conclusion. Beyond that, the pacing, detail, and characterization are all great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 H | 12/24/2013

    " Ladder with Shelter, Hiassen books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/24/2013

    " This was a really fun book with a unique idea. It had a twist ending that made me sad, but I liked it anyways. It was a pretty fast, fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Autumn | 11/6/2013

    " great read! The plot was great, and I loved the mystery. At first I didn't think that I would enjoy it but it continued to get better. I finished the book in a couple of hours, I couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Pudenz | 10/5/2013

    " Loved the jars . . . Time in a bottle . . . I want to hear God's song . . . A great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 9/18/2013

    " I just didn't believe in this story enough. Also, I wanted to see and understand one of the secondary characters more. But definitely Jodi picoult lite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie Corbitt | 8/15/2013

    " This book had more religious elements in it than I had anticipated. It was a good story, it had a twist, and I enjoyed the strong relationship between the main character and her brother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 8/10/2013

    " Rich both in character relationships and murder mystery plot. It's easy to see why Dandi Daley Mackall won the 2012 Edgar for YA with SILENCE OF MURDER. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah Bradley | 7/9/2013

    " Not great. Had to push through. I really didn't care about the characters -- even the boy who wouldn't communicate. It says something about the book that I really can't remember much about it. Skip it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Daniels | 2/24/2013

    " This one started out slow for me but I'm glad I stuck with it. If you like courtroom drama, and murder myste.ries with lot's of twists and turns and a little romance thrown in, this might be the book for you "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 2/6/2013

    " omg, amazing, i looooooove the twist soooooo much "

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About the Author

Dandi Daley Mackall has written many books for children and adults, including the Edgar Award–winner The Silence of Murder. She has held a humorist column, worked as freelance editor, hosted over two hundred radio phone-in programs, and made dozens of appearances on television. She lives in rural Ohio with her family.

About the Narrator

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall. Her own audiobook narration has won her four Earphones Awards.