“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” by Mark Haddon

I picked this book up on a whim a couple of years ago after being intrigued by its title. I simply needed to know what happened to this dog in the nighttime! Here I thought the story would revolve around a dog or animals, but I was surprised when the story actually revolved around a 15-year-old boy living with autism.

Of course there is a dog in the story, except that the dog is dead. Killed, actually and the young narrator of the story (yes, the story is narrated from an autistic point of view – very interesting, I’ve never seen anything like it) struggles to find the murderer and bring him to justice.

While the young narrator is trying to find the dog’s killer, he also comes across letters from his mother who has been dead for 2 years, or so he thought. The boy lives with only his father, a man who struggles to shelter him from the evils of the world. While sheltering him, Ed (the father) also lies about the mother’s death.

The story quickly unfolds as the young narrator finds the dog’s killer and goes on a journey to find his mother. The novel is absolutely extraordinary and one of my top favourites. The narration is something I have never seen before. Although Haddon is not autistic, he brings the reader into the mind of the young narrator and allows for a point of view of autism like never before.

Absolute must read!

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