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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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Apr 21, 11

Read in April, 2011

This was another book club read for me and overall I liked it.

Haddon creates a wonderful voice for his young protagonist that comes across as real and totally believable. I loved the inclusion of maths problems etc as Christopher tries to make sense of what is happening in the world around him. It gave the piece a sense of grounded reality that might otherwise have been lacking

The story just about held my interest, though I doubt it would do so for a second reading, which is why I am giving it three stars and not four. One of the main problems I had is that it sets itself up as a mystery-to-be-solved piece, but in the end there is no mystery and the reader is several steps ahead of Christopher by the middle of the book, destroying any suspense and relying on the reader's compassion for Christopher to keep them reading till the end.

For a one time, quick read, this is a nice little book, but it's not something you'll want to return to again and again.
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