My roommate picked up the curious incident of the dog in the night-time was on a business trip. Then he tripped, read it on the plane, and enjoyed. Suggested it to me.
And it's great. TCIOTDITNT is the story of Christopher, a young (well, 15) autistic child who finds his neighbours dog dead one night. He then decides to solve the mystery of who killed the dog. Before reading this, I didn't know anything about austistic children, except that they occasionally team up with Bruce Willis to stop crime.
Oh yeah, shit, this is important. Not only is TCIOTDITNT the story of Christopher, it's told from his point of view (as many great mysteries are). This is how you get your insight into autism.
And it's a fascinating story. Haddon doesn't pull any punches in treating his subject. In particular, there's a sequence at the end that cries out for a Hollywoodish ending that Haddon doens't go for. He keeps his character consistent and honest.
Apparently autistic people really like logic, so Christopher likes math, which was right up my alley. He even references the Monty Hall problem, which is great, because I think that is a very cool problem. And it drives people nuts.
I've been debating how much content to put here, because I'm not sure if this should be a review, recounting my personal feelings/emotions, a review that places TCIOTDITNT in its places amongst the genre, or a consumer guide.
Meh. I think you'll probably like the book. And it's a really easy read, you'll finish it in two sittings.