Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon (2003)
240 pages

There are so many good reasons to recommend this book: an original premise, the unusual first-person narrator, vibrant characters that leap off the page, and a thought-provoking mystery threading the entire thing together.

When Christopher, an autistic 15-year-old finds his neighbor’s poodle stabbed to death with a garden tool, he takes it upon himself to find the murderer. Told from Christopher’s unique point of view, the reader sees the world and experiences the story in a totally new way. This page-turner is a revelation from a first-time author. Do NOT wait for the film adaptation, which won’t be able to replicate the narrative style. You’ll be robbing yourself of a great read. [***** out of 5]

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