More Mysterious Than You'd Expect — 4 years ago
I read this book in less than 24 hours; it was a quick read, but not a fluffy one. There’s a lot going on here, a lot more than one would predict from the opening few chapters. And I will say that, while it’s good, it’s not exactly what I was expecting. The book starts off as a murder mystery with a twist: the investigator – and author of the book – is a fifteen-year-old boy with Autism, and the murder victim is his neighbor’s dog. But the book is about much more than that; to put it another way, there’s more than one mystery going on (and to say anything else would be spoilerful). Author Mark Haddon’s technique is really good, bordering on almost too tricky-cute sometimes, but it really helps the reader get into the mindset of a narrator with Autism as best one can. Though some might disagree, I thought it was a very eye-opening, if not entirely authentic as the author is not, himself, Autistic. It’s good, but a lot different than I was expecting, and I don’t think as deserving of some of the hype it had recieved when it was released. It’s good, but not life-alteringly so.