The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is Christopher Moore's first hand account of solving the mysteries he finds in his life. Christopher is a fictional, high-functioning, autistic 15 year-old. He counts prime numbers to relax, forecasts his day by the number of red and yellow cars he sees in a row, and doesn't like to be touched. He loves mathematical proofs, exact time schedules, and the pure logic of Sherlock Holmes.
Christopher discovers his neighbor's dog murdered by a garden fork and writes this story because he “likes murder mystery novels.” His teacher tells him he should write a book for himself: something he would enjoy reading. It's captivating to watch his mind work in each small digression and logical leap. I feared for Christopher when a larger mystery confronts him during the investigation: a lie that he faces with bravery because he lacks the emotional capacity to hide from it or push it aside.
Curious Incident is a memorable novel because of the unique perspective and storytelling. When Christopher finds a topic he's unable to describe, he draws the reader a picture, literally, on the page. Without access to metaphor or abstract thought (modelling Christopher's mind), the author, Mark Haddon, writes a believable, gripping story that I really enjoyed.