Book Review: A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

A Spot of Bother Hardcover Book

I received Mark Haddon’s latest novel from my girlfriend’s Mom for Christmas (thanks Pat) and I’ve just finished reading it. I started reading A Spot of Bother three days ago and it was very hard to put down. If you’re from a family you’ll like this book.

I’ve read a few reviews of the book online and they weren’t particularly favorable but I really enjoyed A Spot of Bother. It may be that if you’re having to read the book for a living it’s harder to enjoy the family drama and have a good laugh at it.

Having read and enjoyed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Haddon’s best-selling novel about an autistic teen, I was looking forward to reading another one of his novels but was fearful it would be much the same as The Curious… It wasn’t -it’s written in a completely different voice, from a number of points of view.

If you’d like to know the ins and outs of the story before reading it check out New York Times review,’s review, or The Guardian’s review.

A Spot of Bother wasn’t mind-blowing but it was just the read I needed to start the new year. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and I laughed out loud a good many times throughout the book – to the point where I thought my neighbours might be wondering about me.