Done badly, writing from the point of view of a mentally disabled person is off putting, grossly unrewarding and often ends up sounding nutty.
But in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (published 2003), author Mark Haddon has ticked all the right boxes. Absolutely brilliant in style and flair, this story was moving, and insightful. There was no part which occurred to me outlandish, or incoherent. In fact, so credible is Haddon’s characterisation of Christopher Boone (main character, autistic) I felt he was alive right next to me, even though I am nowhere near Swindon, where this story is set.
Well researched, Mark Haddon has created a story similar but different to Siobhan Dowd’s The London Eye Mystery, with humor, hope and sadness in just the right places.