Book Review: 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 truly heart-warming story.   When Wellington the dog is murdered, the only person seemingly interested in solving the crime is Christopher Boone, a fifteen year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome.

He lives at home with his father in Swindon, his mother having passed away.  One night, out on a walk, he discovers that their neighbours dog has been murdered with a garden fork, and in the spirit of his favourite detective, Sherlock Holmes, Christopher begins an investigation to find out who is responsible.  The only problem is that he has never left the street in which they live on his own, and he doesn’t like talking to strangers.  However, he isn’t going to let that get in his way.

To record his investigation, an investigation that the adults around him do not wish him to pursue for their own reasons, he is encouraged at school to write a book.  The chapters are separated using prime numbers, so instead of having 1,2,3 the first three chapters are 2, 3, 5, and so on.  This is because Christopher likes prime numbers.

The tale is both funny and moving.  It is very well-written, and truly insightful, offering a new perspective on the world as we are shown it through the eyes of Christopher.  I could hardly put it down, and the twists in the tale were quite unexpected.

I certainly recommend giving this book a read if you haven’t yet read it.


3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

  1. Very nice review, Sammi! Thanks for the reminder about the prime numbers. Have you heard about the stage adaptation of this book? I saw it at the cinema through NT Live and it is incredible. I wrote a letter to Christopher to try and capture my admiration for the power of the book and the play:
    I welcome your thoughts!


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