When Christopher, a fifteen-year-old boy with an autism spectrum condition, finds the dead body of the neighbor’s dog, Wellington, speared by a garden fork in the middle of the night, he decides to investigate the dog’s death and write down his experiences as a murder mystery novel. Through his investigations, Christopher learns that his mother, who his father had said died of a heart condition several years prior, is actually alive and living with a man she had had an affair with. This, among other confessions, causes Christopher to lose all trust in his father, and he decides to run away and live with his mother.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was an interesting read because of the writing style. Although a bit repetitive, I thought it worked since Christopher is supposed to different, and maybe that’s how his mind works. It might repeat itself and so he ends up repeating himself in his murder mystery novel because of it. I also enjoyed that the chapters were numbered in prime numbers vs. the traditional numerical order. I thought that went well with the rest of the book because Christopher would count by prime numbers to calm himself down.
There wasn’t much that I didn’t like about this book. I thought it was entertaining, and while the repetitiveness kind of got to me, it didn’t really impact my overall feel for the book. However, it wasn’t a book that caused me to have a “book hangover”. It was a good story that had interesting characters, and it is something that I would recommend to others, but I probably wouldn’t place it as one of my favorites.