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Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon

This was a book I bought years ago but hadn’t got to reading yet. A book challenge I’m taking part in helped me to shift it from to-be-read to read shelf, and I’m glad that I did read it.

When Christopher is accused of killing the neighbor’s dog, he says he doesn’t do it. When he isn’t believed, he decides to investigate the death himself. Like writing a book. He is a special child, and he does what he is asked to do, but not more or less than that. So he finds loopholes in what others tell him to do, to avoid going further into the mystery. The more he investigates, the more curious the case becomes. Is it really a murder mystery, or something else?

This turned out to be a book that was quite engaging, enough to make me pause on the other books I was reading and finish this first. The story isn’t completely unpredictable but it’s POV is what sets it apart. It’s from the POV of a 15yo with Asperger’s, or autism or maybe OCD. One can see those in the details, and I appreciate the author for that. The story of such a child in a dysfunctional family, that fills with drama too, is perhaps one of a kind. I like that Christopher has goals and the way it ended, I feel gives the reader something to believe… That disability or having a special ability needn’t disable, and that belief can still help them achieve their goals. I’d rate it 3.5★.

A Score Of 7 Out Of 10
Book Details
Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author(s): Mark Haddon Genre: Fiction
ISBN/ASIN: 9781849920414 Publisher: Random House

No payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
26th August 2018)



Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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