Rating – 5/5
Mark Haddon’s highly acclaimed novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, follows Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15 year old with a behavioral and mental disorder. While Christopher knows the capitals of all the countries in the world and all prime number up to 7057, he has trouble with things like socializing and understanding human emotions. So when his neighbor’s dog is murdered in the night, Christopher’s carefully constructed world comes crashing down. In order to find out who murdered the dog, Christopher investigates in the style of the most logical detective he knows, Sherlock Holmes. In that process, Christopher finds out much more about his supposedly simple and logical world that he wanted to, and finds something that changes his life forever.
This book is officially one of my favorite books of all time. It’s written in probably the most detached and impersonal way possible, but it makes you want to read it in one go. It’s also really dissociating, in a good way of course. This book will mess with your mind and make you forgot how to be normal . But my favorite part of this book would have to be the main character and narrator, Christopher. He’s detached, logical, and takes everything literally, which can be quite entertaining at times.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone twelve and up who enjoys a book that will change your perspective and make you think, like the Sherlock Holmes books.