The Curious Incident with the Dog at Night-Time by Mark Haddon Review

This is a book I was recommended to me via instagram, I had already heard good things about the book before hand and that final recommendation was what made me end up buying it in the end, so what did I think?

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.

Taken from goodreads

This is written unlike any book I have ever read before, mainly because it isnt written as a story but more of an autobiography of a persons life over a period of a few weeks. The main character and the person we are going to be following during the read of the book has Asperger Syndrome and for me this is a new area I have personally never read about before, especially never having a story told by a person who has it. 

I found the book very easy to read through and very quickly as well, this is due to it not being a story but someone’s life and getting to see how they are living and what it is like inside of a person’s brain who has got Asperger’s Syndrome. While reading this book you will find out how they think and what they are doing when they are looking around a room, you will get to find out how they cope with interactions from other people especially people that they do not know. To me this was such an eye opener as I didn’t know anything about this sort of mental disorder and I found it really interesting to read about.

My favourite aspect about the book was the math that was included, Christopher is really good at maths and it is shown throughout the book in how he thinks and what he does when he needs to calm down or feels overwhelmed. The chapters arent in normal 1,2 and 3 order, nope christopher has decided to do his chapters in prime numbers so you have 2,3,5,7, this is a feature I loved!

This is a book I recommended to people if they are wanting to learn more about Asperger Syndrome and how it affects the person with it in their daily life, or if people are just wanting to have their eyes open a little bit more.

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