I opened a curious incident of the dog in the night without any idea as to what I was about to encounter. Immediately thrust into a murder scene, I was already pondering many situations that would provoke such an attack. The main character, Christopher, keeps the suspense at bay with his simple word choices while maintaining an underlying desire to solve this mystery. Haddon develops a real and new idea when he portrays Christopher as an autistic child enveloped in this murderous case. Christopher continually informs the reader that he is writing this book, keeping the reader in the present. This mechanic is a great way to keep the reader interested, because he/she knows that the writer is unaware of the answer and is solving the case at the same pace as the reader. Haddon certainly places unexpected twists and turns into the mystery, removing the disappointment I personally felt when I predicted who the murderer was 100 pages before it was revealed. This text draws in many audiences with rampant and real life conflict. The reader interacts with various subjects ranging from dysfunctional families and love affairs to violence and identity crises. Though a short and simple novel, I would recommend this to anyone. It’s a great book to relax with on the couch on a rainy day.
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