Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall

Hope's older brother Jeremy is on trial for murdering his baseball coach.  Jeremy was seen running from the scene of the crime and his bat was the murder weapon but Hope knows that Jeremy can't possibly be guilty of the crime.  The biggest problem facing Hope is the fact that Jeremy hasn't said a word for many years and won't speak up now in his own defense.  Jeremy's lawyer is trying to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane but Hope knows he is just a little strange, not actually crazy.  She decides to take matters into her own hands and begins investigating the murder herself.  But the more secrets she reveals, the more danger she finds herself facing.  I enjoyed the book and am always looking for mysteries because the kids like them.  The story lost me a little at the dramatic conclusion because I didn't feel that Hope actually made her case and the reveal of the killer was not as surprising as I thought.  I preferred the reveal of the secret of Jeremy's collection more which gives the reader more things to think about.