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The Silence of Murder

Mackall, Dandi Daley (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Silence of Murder
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Sixteen-year-old Hope must defend her developmentally disabled brother (who has not spoken a word since he was seven) when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach.
Authors: Mackall, Dandi Daley
Title: The silence of murder
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 327 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Hope must defend her developmentally disabled brother (who has not spoken a word since he was seven) when he is accused of murdering a beloved high school baseball coach.
ISBN: 9780375968969
0375968962
9780375868962
0375868968
Statement of Responsibility: Dandi Daley Mackall
Subject Headings: Brothers and sisters Fiction. People with mental disabilities Fiction. Selective mutism Fiction. Trials (Murder) Fiction. Brothers and sisters Fiction. People with mental disabilities Fiction. Selective mutism Fiction. Trials (Murder) Fiction. Mystery and detective stories.
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction.
Topical Term: Brothers and sisters
People with mental disabilities
Selective mutism
Trials (Murder)
Brothers and sisters
People with mental disabilities
Selective mutism
Trials (Murder)
Mystery and detective stories.
LCCN: 2010035991
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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This book just did not do it for me, on several levels. First of all, I am so over the "my sibling/friend is such a special snowflake, let me describe them to you in exquisite detail" style of teen book. Secondly, there were major dialog and character voice problems -- so many times when I was reading I would stop and say "Nobody talks like that! And nobody thinks like that!" It was jarring, stilted and unconvincing. Thirdly, practically everything Hope did annoyed me. Every time she got fixated on a solution and wouldn't let it go, all her attempts to play girl detective, just seemed childish and really poorly thought out. Lastly, the end of the book and the result of the trial just seemed unrealistic. Jeremy's case was tied up too neatly, and yet other loose ends were left hanging. This is kind of a "Jodi Picoult Lite" for teens.

While the plot centers on a murder case, The Silence of Murder is more a story about complicated familial, friend, and romantic relationships than a face-paced, suspenseful whodunnit. In fact, the story moves fairly slowly until about the last fifth of the novel, when the action picks up. The moral tone of the book lacks subtlety and older and more sophisticated readers will likely roll their eyes at the heavy-handed approach (such as many more mentions of the narrator's mother's inappropriate dress than are necessary for character development, or a teen character's digressive lamenting of a spontaneous tattoo he will forever regret). However, the book does deal with deeper religious themes and questions of faith that Christian teens and parents will appreciate and find relatable. The Silence of Murder is a good choice for a reader who is interested in the issues the book touches on: criminal investigation, autism, complex relationships, and faith, but not likely to be enjoyed by those who want an edge-of-their-seat read or those wary of overt moral messages. Ages 11-15.

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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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 -- and romantic feelings for Chase.

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