The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins

Title: The Moonstone
Author: Wilkie Collins
ISBN: 9780375757853
Pages: 528
Release Date: September 11, 2001
Publisher: Modern Library
Genre: Classics, Mystery
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

The Moonstone is the story of a large and beautiful diamond that was taken from India by one Herncastle and willed to his niece, Rachel Verinder.  On the night it is given to Rachel, the Moonstone disappears, and no one is certain who is responsible for the theft.  This is a book of coincidences, intrigue, and the fascinating mystery of what happened to the Moonstone.

Review:

I’ve been wanting to read The Moonstone ever since I read and loved Wilkie Collins’ The Woman In White.  I’ve heard wonderful things about it, so my expectations were pretty high.  I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed.  Though I have to admit I actually liked The Woman In White a bit better, The Moonstone was an extremely satisfying mystery that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.

The mystery in The Moonstone was absolutely wonderful.  It’s funny, Collins has the most convoluted way of writing at times.  You’ll be reading and wonder how in the world the thing he’s describing relates to the overarching mystery.  But somehow, he manages to connect it back, and in a flash of brilliance, the reader realizes where he is going with the whole thing.  I couldn’t believe how intricate and well-crafted this mystery was.  Collins was simply one of the best (if not the best) mystery writers out there.

Additionally, there was so much in The Moonstone I did not see coming.  Collins had so many twists and turns, so many different angles from which to view the theft.  I had many different theories about what had happened to the Moonstone at different points in the book, all of which were completely wrong.  Collins has a way of introducing game-changing facts almost arbitrarily.  This novel must have taken a lot of time and effort to plan out; it really makes me admire Collins’ brilliance!

I do have to say, the reason I enjoyed The Woman in White slightly more than The Moonstone was because The Woman in White was a gothic mystery.  I thought The Moonstone would be one as well.  I still enjoyed it immensely even though it wasn’t, but since I absolutely adore gothic mysteries, those pesky expectations got in the way.

Though this novel is considered a “classic”, it’s nothing like what you picture when you think of that genre.  The Moonstone is engaging, expertly written, and will keep you up late into the night with its ridiculously intriguing plot.  It’s a wonderful read that I can’t recommend highly enough, whether you’re looking for a mystery or a classic novel!

Comments

  1. I’ve been wanting to read a Wilkie book ever since I read DROOD! This sounds like a good one!

  2. I’ve been wanting to read a Wilkie book ever since I read DROOD! This sounds like a good one!

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I particularly liked the section where Miss Clack narrates. The Moonstone is a little bit my favorite of the two – but I read it first, and had no idea what to expect from it.

  4. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I particularly liked the section where Miss Clack narrates. The Moonstone is a little bit my favorite of the two – but I read it first, and had no idea what to expect from it.

  5. Hm, I haven’t read any Wilkie Collins, maybe I should.

  6. Hm, I haven’t read any Wilkie Collins, maybe I should.

  7. I enjoyed The Moonstone when I read it during college. I hope to read The Woman in White soon.

  8. I enjoyed The Moonstone when I read it during college. I hope to read The Woman in White soon.

  9. I am getting ready to immerse myself in the reading of The Woman in White (just in time for the RIP challenge) since I’ve read so many positive comments from various book bloggers. I do like a good gothic novel. But then The Moonstone sounds quite good as well!

  10. I am getting ready to immerse myself in the reading of The Woman in White (just in time for the RIP challenge) since I’ve read so many positive comments from various book bloggers. I do like a good gothic novel. But then The Moonstone sounds quite good as well!

  11. I loved this book! I’m planning to read The Woman in White soon too. I’m so pleased to read that you enjoyed this one.

  12. I loved this book! I’m planning to read The Woman in White soon too. I’m so pleased to read that you enjoyed this one.

  13. My book club read this one and we all loved it, too. I can’t get enough mysteries these days, hopefully I’ll be able to get to The Woman in White sometime soon.

  14. My book club read this one and we all loved it, too. I can’t get enough mysteries these days, hopefully I’ll be able to get to The Woman in White sometime soon.

  15. I’ve been wanting to read a Wilkie Collins book ever since I read Drood. I wish I could read as fast as you do!

  16. I’ve been wanting to read a Wilkie Collins book ever since I read Drood. I wish I could read as fast as you do!

  17. Hmm I tried reading this book a couple times and could not get through it. Your review made me want to try it again! Thanks!

  18. Hmm I tried reading this book a couple times and could not get through it. Your review made me want to try it again! Thanks!

  19. I just bought Woman in White (blame it on Nymeth). I bet I turn to this one too. Sounds so good. I’ll keep in mind that the two books are different.

  20. I just bought Woman in White (blame it on Nymeth). I bet I turn to this one too. Sounds so good. I’ll keep in mind that the two books are different.

  21. he was one of the first mystery writers…i like him

  22. he was one of the first mystery writers…i like him

  23. Am I the only one who has not read anything by Wilkie Collins! Oh no!

    OK i will get one of the books you mention for sure!

  24. Am I the only one who has not read anything by Wilkie Collins! Oh no!

    OK i will get one of the books you mention for sure!

  25. I haven’t read The Moonstone yet, but recently picked up a middle grade mystery that was sort of about The Moonstone! I’ve only read The Woman in White – I think I definitely need to pick up the Moonstone now.

  26. I haven’t read The Moonstone yet, but recently picked up a middle grade mystery that was sort of about The Moonstone! I’ve only read The Woman in White – I think I definitely need to pick up the Moonstone now.

  27. I’m SO looking forward to reading this! Planing to start it in a week or so 😀 And thank you for warning us it’s not a Gothic mystery – I was convinced it was one too!

  28. I’m SO looking forward to reading this! Planing to start it in a week or so 😀 And thank you for warning us it’s not a Gothic mystery – I was convinced it was one too!

  29. I’ve had this book for a long time – inherited and have been meaning to read it. Will have to move it up closer to the top of the list.

  30. I’ve had this book for a long time – inherited and have been meaning to read it. Will have to move it up closer to the top of the list.

  31. Like you I’ve been wanting to read The Moonstone since I read The Woman in White. But unlike you I still haven’t done so! It is good to know I have something to look forward to 🙂

  32. Like you I’ve been wanting to read The Moonstone since I read The Woman in White. But unlike you I still haven’t done so! It is good to know I have something to look forward to 🙂

  33. I really enjoyed The Woman in White when I read it earlier this year and have been wanting to read Moonstone. I am glad to hear you liked it so much, Swapna. Great review!

  34. I really enjoyed The Woman in White when I read it earlier this year and have been wanting to read Moonstone. I am glad to hear you liked it so much, Swapna. Great review!

  35. It sounds so good. I recently enjoyed Woman in White, so I’m looking forward to this one too!!

  36. It sounds so good. I recently enjoyed Woman in White, so I’m looking forward to this one too!!

  37. I’m going to have to pick this one up after I read The Woman in White for R.I.P. It sounds so good!

  38. I’m going to have to pick this one up after I read The Woman in White for R.I.P. It sounds so good!

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