The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night‑Time

Mark Haddon

I must say I enjoy a murder mystery where the victim is a neighbor’s dog and the narrator is a 15-year-old boy who is autistic, keen on math, and more interested in numbering his chapters as increasing primes instead of the usual sequence. Of course, the book is not much of a murder mystery at all and instead more of a journal of this boy’s experiences during a difficult time in his family. From responses to this book that I’ve read (i.e., not having much personal experience), Haddon captures the nuances of autism with grace.

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