Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nigh-Time
Author: Mark Haddon
Published Date: May 18th, 2004
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Psychology
Rating: 5 Stars
This was the Mystery Pick for March in It’s Not Just A Book Club!
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.
Wow! This book is amazing! Poor Christopher, who is autistic, is treated so badly and he really doesn’t even realize. I felt equal parts blown away and enraged in Christopher’s behalf. I do wish we could have seen more of Siobhan, because she seems like the nicest person on planet earth.
I’m not sure how I can even review this without giving some of it away. I loved everything about this story. The mystery of the dog’s death is solved pretty early on and the book more or less becomes a journey for Christopher. I enjoyed watching up grow as a character; and I am very proud of all his accomplishments as he transverse a wide array of new and terrifying situations! Way to go Christopher!
I definitely 100% recommend this book to everyone!