Book Review: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

One of my best friends from college recommended this book to me, and let me tell you, this girl has the best taste in books.  I have never been disappointed by one of her recommendations, and this time was no different.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time starts off as a mystery told by an autistic 15-year-old boy.  He is mathematically gifted and can remember everything he sees and learns. He is also socially inept because he has no understanding of human emotions.

The murder of the protagonist’s neighbor’s dog kicks off the novel.  As he searches for the killer, the protagonist begins to uncover things about his family’s past.  Though he tells the reader that “this book will not be funny,” it is filled with ironic humor and funny anecdotes.

The reader is able to unravel the novel’s intricate plot twists despite the protagonist’s simple and one-sided narration.  The combination of his black-and-white thinking and our more complex thinking makes this book riveting and forces you to keep turning the page.

If you’re looking for a book that is both interesting and an easy read, I would recommend picking up this book.  It’s perfect for the beach or a lazy day at home.

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