Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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

My review: 4 of 5 stars

The Curious Incident… is intelligent, funny and captivating with a fascinating protagonist. Christopher John Francis Boone, aged 15, is an autistic savant. As a reader, I found Boone to be way more intelligent than I am when it comes to math equations. I had to just accept his graphs and equations as fact because they were mostly over my head even when he explained them. The mystery of the dog is secondary to the heartbreaking and revealing story of Boone. It’s the mystery at the center of his family that grips the reader and touches the emotions. I felt Boone’s anxiety, for example, on his train journey. It gave ME anxiety to experience this with him. The parents made serious mistakes with Boone, but I felt empathy for them as well. The story was a little slow at first, but it gained steam as it progressed and ended on a hopeful note. I highly recommend it for a unique read. It’s perfect fodder for book clubs. A short read with much to discuss.

Reading Group Guide
Quotes:

“I also like The Hound of the Baskervilles because I like Sherlock Holmes and I think that if I were a proper detective he is the kind of detective I would be” (p. 73).

“I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty” (p. 103).

“…if something is a puzzle there is always a way of solving it” (p. 116).

Book Review: Rainwater by Sandra Brown

As a diehard fan of Sandra Brown’s work, I couldn’t wait to dig into Rainwater. An historical fiction novel set during the Great Depression, Rainwater is a departure from the romantic suspense for which Brown is most known. I enjoyed it very much. The time period came alive in the storytelling. The main characters were sympathetic while being very strong. The love story at the heart of the novel was more than a romance. It was the story of a deep, intense love involving sacrifice and courage. Brown succeeded in writing an emotional novel without being sappy. She also portrayed racial tensions and economic hardships with a deft hand. It helped that the story was told through flashback by a family member. Having the story narrated years after the fact made the tragedies and struggles less immediate and easier to deal with, especially at the book’s conclusion. I was touched by the story and the family devotion and love portrayed therein.