The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (read June 28, 2015)
A very straight-forward book driven by plot, Haddon uses very appropriate language for his narrator. It is very simple, and lacks a large amount of figurative and decorative language. The story is told by a child who seems to be on the autism spectrum or with Asperger’s syndrome, and in my experience with kids with this diagnosis, the thought processes and story-telling methods are fairly accurate.
The plot is great, and lets the reader inside the head of someone who probably thinks very differently from them. After finding a neighbor’s dog dead, Christopher attempts to figure out who killed it, and why. In uncovering the truth about this tragedy, he learns things he never anticipated. Christopher takes us on an adventure, even if it’s not one we expected to take.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5