The Recently Read posts are not typical book reviews. As a writer, I do not believe I should be reviewing the hard work of other writers. These posts are simply books I have recently read and enjoyed and will share with you. They will not always be crime books as I am trying to widen my reading selection. I hope you enjoy some of these with me.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
I don’t know where to start. I absolutely loved the book.
From the point of view of a child -Christopher- on the autistic spectrum, it starts with the murder of a neighbours dog and Christopher’s need to find out who killed it. Along the way we learn a lot about him through his internal dialogue.
Christopher is exceedingly intelligent. He’s a maths whiz, taking his A levels when his school isn’t ready for him too. He takes solace at stressful times in maths problems.
We see very simply what things affect him and in the reading, it’s a little easier to understand the why, and my hope would be that anyone reading this book would take away from it patience and kindness if coming across a stranded boy like Christopher, unlike some of the characters in this book.
Haddon’s writing is clear and simple and transports you into the world of Christopher easily. When Christopher was shocked and scared I felt it with him.
It was a great read and I’d definitely recommend it. I know it’s been around for a while and I’m probably one of the last people to read it, but all the same, a great book!