THE SILENCE OF MURDER
THE CRIME: The murder of John Johnson, beloved Panthers baseball coach.
THE ACCUSED: Eighteen-year-old Jeremy Long, who hasn't spoken a single word in nine years.
WITNESS FOR THE DEFENSE: Sixteen-year-old Hope Long, the only person who believes her brother is innocent -- and sane -- and the only one determined to prove it.
OTHER SUSPECTS: The police have none. But Hope's list is growing.
From acclaimed author Dandi Daley Mackall comes a gripping murder mystery, and a dark yet powerfully redemptive story of love, secrets and silence.
Published in 2011
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult (2012)
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 won't do their job, she's determined to do it for them.
Breathtaking mystery paired with the all too real and gritty circumstances of Hope's life made for a riveting read. And the courtroom scenes add to the edginess. I honestly couldn't turn the pages fast enough so I could watch this story unfold. There are moments of stark beauty contrasted by wretched ugliness and more than one gasp-out-loud-I-so-can't-believe-that-just-happened moment.
A fascinating look at love and loyalty and the secrets that complicate both. Truly stunning.
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