Book Review: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Publisher: Vintage 2004

Rating: 5/5

Okay so I’m going to try setting this review out in a slightly different way so please let me know what you think in the comments section below!

Why I read this book

This is a book I remember fondly from when I was a teenager as it was the first murder mystery novel that I had read. It was also the first book I had read that was narrated by a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome. In September, my Mum and I are going to watch this show at the theater so I wanted to refresh my memory.


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 a very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and nd brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbor’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

The story

Christopher is an intelligent youth who lives with autism–every day is an investigation for him because of all the aspects of human life that he does not quite get. When the dog next door is killed with a garden fork, Christopher becomes quietly persistent in his desire to find out what has happened and tugs away at the world around him until a lot of secrets unravel messily.

My thoughts and views

I enjoyed re-reading this book and it didn’t disappoint the second time around ☺ The perception of a teenager living with Asperger’s Syndrome is brilliant and accurate throughout. I enjoy how this book is written and how it allows you to easily relate to Christopher. I would recommend this book to a wide audience.

My favourite quote

“I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.”

Do you think this is a book that you would read? If so, why?

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