Goodreads Review of Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

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

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
More like 3.5 stars. Man I wish Goodreads could do half stars.

A young autistic man finds that his neighbor’s dog has been murdered and decides to go detectiving. What results is a strange detective novel mixed with coming of age and coming of… mainstreaming, for lack of a better word, as our narrator tries to figure out what people’s facial expressions mean. It relies a bit too much on the novelty of the narrator’s perspective and voice (quirks like the chapters being prime numbers), because the story isn’t incredibly complex or deep, but it’s a fun read and a neat attempt to get into the head of a misunderstood population.

I’d probably have rated it higher before I started reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which (so far) does something similar but does it better, and does more other things as well.

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