The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a 2003 mystery novel written by British writer Mark Haddon. The novel is narrated in the first person by Christopher John Francis Boone, a 15-year-old boy who is trying to investigate the mysterious death of his neighbor’s dog.

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Plot of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”

The story begins with Cristopher who lives with his father, Ed. He has tolled Cristopher that his mother had died two years. Then a dog appears dead on the neighbor’s lawn, with a fork on his chest. He decides to investigate the death of the dog.

Cristopher goes out on a sleuthing adventure that proves to be more difficult since he seems to have a psychiatric condition that the story never mentions. He writes down every idea or fact in his little book.

During his adventure, he meets people from the neighborhood, one of which tells him the truth about Judy, his mother. He eventually goes to live with his mother in fear of his father. The story has a happy ending that we will not reveal here.  But we will say that another dog is featured close to the end.  It is a Golden Retriever that Ed gives to his son.


  • Christopher John Francis Boone.
  • Ed Boone
  • Judy Boone
  • Siobhan.  Cristopher’s mentor at school.
  • Roger Sheers. An old man and neighbor who lived near Cristopher’s.
  • Eileen Shers.  Mr. Shears wife.
  • Mrs. Alexander.  Cristopher’s neighbor who provides him useful information regarding the real whereabouts of his mother, Judy.
  • Rhodri. Ed Boone’s employee.
  • Wellington.  Mrs. Shears black poodle that is found dead with a garden fork sticking out of it at the beginning of the story.


Overall, the book had a very good reception and favorable comments mostly. The book won the 2004 Beeke Prize and also the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year.

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