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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:
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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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)... "

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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.