Book Review, Books

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 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.

My best friend brought me this book, or she told me to buy it, I can’t remember which it was but either way I have read it. And it was totally different to anything I have ever read. That is in a good way, it was brilliant like I was a bit confused with how it started but then it was explained and I loved it. The book was amazing and I mean it wasn’t something that again I would normally read. I haven’t read many books where a character has some specific learning difficulties and although they aren’t mentioned by the main character in the book. You can tell which type he has if you know about that stuff.

The story focuses around a 15-year-old boy he describes himself as a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties, and no one is really told what he has. The chapters are not labelled normally like chapter one, two, three and so on. The chapters are prime numbers, and in the book Christopher does a little explanation of the prime numbers and there is even some diagrams on how to know a prime number and find a prime number.

Throughout the books there is little diagrams and in my opinion that really does just add to the story and make it easier to know what is going off in Christopher’s situation. So I think they really just add to the book. I soon fell in love with Christopher’s character he is up there as one of my all time favourites. The way he does things and the fact he was so determined to find out about who killed the neighbours dog. I love it.

Though I should probably tell you what it is about first, the plot focuses on Christopher trying to discover who killed Mrs Shears’ dog. He begins asking around his neighbourhood trying to discover who did it and along the way he discovers some of the lies he has been told. When Ed (Christopher’s dad) took his notebook away he hid it from Christopher, so when he goes and looks for it. Christopher discovers something else, the fact his mother isn’t really dead. His mum had an affair with Mr Shears and they left to be with each other. Ed began to lie Christopher because he didn’t want to have to explain to Christopher it all and the lies got easier. I won’t tell you who killed the dog, because then there is no point of you reading it really is there? So I will not that slip. But from that brief description you can tell the book was going to be interesting.

I didn’t really look at the description of the back of the book as I picked this up, just because my friend wanted me to read it. So I didn’t bother reading it, you know lazy me. The plot although simple was also very complex and it was brilliant. I really did love it and the way it built up throughout the book, the author did an amazing job.  Which just proves with the awards he won with this book and it was made for adults and children which was unusual so it has separate editions. Which for anyone is pretty much an achievement and it has won around 3 different awards since its publication.

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