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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

by Mark Haddon

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Shannon Hickman

THIS book is unlike any other I have ever read. It is narrated by a 15-year-old boy, Christopher Boone. Christopher has Aspergers syndrome and is a mathematical genius, he has numbered the chapters by prime numbers because he likes them. Christopher lives in Swindon with his father and a pet rat called Toby.

He has been told that his mother died two years ago from a heart attack, but he doesn’t show any emotion, because he can’t.

The focal point of the story is when Christopher finds a dead dog in a neighbours garden and he turns into an amateur detective to solve the mystery of the murderer. As his father is against the idea of the detective Christopher tries to keep it a secret. In the latter stages of the novel, Christopher finds letters addressed to him... from mother. He is distraught and when he is told some shocking news from his father he decides to go and find his mother, but how will he cope on his own?

This is a truly moving novel of the unknown positives and negatives of Aspergers syndrome.