YMMV: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

  • Nightmare Fuel: Christopher's dream. To be precise, it is about a virus that spreads through certain facial expressions, spreading like a computer virus, and leaving alive only people like Chris that never look at others' faces.
    • The real horror about this scene is that Christopher considers this a good dream. He is so isolated from other people that the thought of all the people he doesn't understand (and who don't understand him) dying and leaving him alone in a quiet and unintrusive world actually makes him feel happy.
  • Hypocrite: Christopher frequently derides normal people for being illogical, although much of what he does is equally illogical. For example, he feels that it is stupid that some people randomly have bad days. He has a much more logical reason for deciding a day is bad - seeing three yellow cars on the way to school.
  • Tear Jerker
  • The Untwist: Genre Savvy readers will pick up on certain plot revelations, such as Mr. Shears' affair with Christopher's very-much-alive mother pretty early into the story. On the other hand, part of the book's appeal is seeing Christopher piece together this information as he slowly begins to understand other people.
  • The Woobie: Christopher, of course.
    • And later, his father. Even though he did kill Wellington, just look at the man; his wife leaves him, leaving him to take care Christopher by himself. Later, Chris hates him for lying about Chris's mother, and doesn't talk to him for a long time, leaving his father to sit on the floor next to Chris's bedroom. This guy needs a hug for all he's been though.
      • And he'll probably never get that hug (at least not from Christopher, who hates touching/being touched.)
      • However, he knows enough about Christopher to recognise the extremely restrained gestures of affection he occasionally gives, and to him it is clearly an in-universe Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when Christopher actually does acknowledge his presence after everything that's happened.