The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon

About the book

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone. Christopher is fifteen and has Asperger’s Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. He loves lists, patterns and the truth. He hates the colours yellow and brown and being touched. He has never gone further than the end of the road on his own, but when he finds a neighbour’s dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.

Reviewed by Milford on Sea Reading Group:

The book was generally appreciated. Three in the group had experience with children and the syndrome, with varying degrees of approval as to how Mark Haddon presented it. An enlightening book.

Star rating: ****

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14 thoughts on “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon”

  1. Review by Solent U3A Reading Group:
    Very interesting story, very educational. Some of us did not like it. Others found it fascinating.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by U3A Book Circle 3 Reading Group:
    A unique book giving insight into the mind of Christopher and the devastating effect on his family. Style totally suitable to the topic – cleverly written. Illuminating.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by U3A Reading Group II:
    Brilliantly written with insight into Asperger’s. Recommend as a book for discussion in Reading Groups. Would be interesting to hear reviews from Special Needs (Asperger’s) Groups.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Thursday Reading Group, Basingstoke Library:
    Easy to read book. We all learnt a lot about what it is like living with Asperger’s. Three people had experience of children with the condition. One said that Christopher’s behaviour was exactly like that of the boy she knows. Christopher’s ability with mathematics contrasts sharply with his inability to understand other people’s feelings. We were impressed with what Siobhan had taught him – rules and strategies to help him to cope. The contrast between his mother’s and father’s reactions were noted. We liked the sketches and diagrams as his way of explaining things. An outstanding book for all in our group.
    Star rating: ****

  5. Review by Denmead Reading Circle:
    Everyone enjoyed this book and learnt a lot from it. Several members had personal experience of autism and recognised much of what went on in the story.
    Star rating: ****

  6. Review by White Lion Reading Group:
    An easy read with hidden depths. Funny and sad, but very interesting.
    Star rating: ****

  7. Review by Bridewell Beauties Reading Group:
    Thought provoking; easy reading; disturbing; excellent insight into mind of an autistic/Asperger’s and effect on family.
    Star rating: ***

  8. Review by Anton Bookies U3A Reading Group:
    The general view was that this book gave a good insight into a mind set that the majority had no experience of. The killing of the dog was never explained but was the ‘excuse’ for the story line and added to the mysterious quality. It also showed the relationship with the father and dependence on him by Christopher. A good read.
    Star rating: ***

  9. Review by Rapley Reading Group:
    Extremely well researched and written. Believable characters giving a good insight into Asperger’s syndrome. Enjoyed by all.
    Star rating: ***

  10. Review by Milford Ladies Reading Group:
    Very well written, engaging and a good insight into the subject matter.
    Star rating: ****

  11. Review by SR Reading Group
    All 8 of us greatly enjoyed the insight into the world of autism. Several of us are ex teachers and we found it moving and informative.
    Rating: 5 Stars

  12. Review by HIP Reading group – Winchester:
    Everyone in the group loved this book and got a huge amount from it. The discussion was stimulating and we clearly felt it had enriched our understanding of people.
    Star rating: ****

  13. Review by Between the Leaves reading group:
    An exceptional book. Insightful into the mind of someone with Autism. Entertaining, with elements of sadness. Well worth reading.
    Rating: *****

  14. Very cleverly written and informative about Asperger’s. Page turner, but as it is the third book we have read on this subject – we are suffering from autism/Asperger’s overload!!
    Would recommend the book.
    *** Stars

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