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The Curious Incident of the Dog & the Night-Time
By: Mark Haddon
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2003 novel by British writer Mark Haddon. It won the 2003 Whitbread book of the year. Narrarated by a 15 year old autistic savant Christopher, who is obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. The story is part coming of age and part mystery.
Christopher discovers the neighbors dog impaled by a pitchfork, subsequently gets wrongfully accused for the crime, then sets out to find the real person responsible for the gruesome crime. Christopher’s austism is what makes Haddon’s novel different from most detective novels, as the story is much less about who killed the dog and much more about the way Christopher goes about uncovering who is responsible.
As Christopher digs deeper into the case, he uncovers secrets about his own family. Ultimately the brilliance of the book is the choice to tell the story through Christopher’s point of view. It digs deeper into how a child’s illness effects not only his life but the lives of friends, parents and loved ones.