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‘The horrid mystery hanging over us in this house gets into my head like liquor, and makes me wild.’
Centred around a glorious yellow diamond that carries with it a menacing history, The Moonstone tells the story of Rachel Verinder, who inherits the stone on her eighteenth birthday. That very evening, the diamond is stolen and there begins an epic enquiry into hunting down the thief. At the same time, three Indian men, Brahmin guardians of the diamond are attempting to reclaim the stone in order to return it to their sacred Hindu Idol.
Told from the perspective of 11different characters, Wilkie Collins’ tale of mystery and suspicion was considered the first modern English detective novel at its time of publication.
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As a writer, I was struck by how masterfully Collins pulls together the different strands of a complicated plot.Read Full Review of The Moonstone (Modern Library... | See more reviews from NPR
The book is told in the form of a series of narratives, each by a different eyewitness, each of which brings the story forward. Thus, we see each of the major characters through others’ eyes, and often enough through their own eyes as well.Read Full Review of The Moonstone (Modern Library...
The Moonstone is one of the longest and most suspenseful mystery novels I have read. I like the way Collins puts twists and turns in the plot so the true suspect is never actually revealed until the end of the story.Read Full Review of The Moonstone (Modern Library...
All in all, this was a really enjoyable book; it was easy to read, but by the time I had put it down, I felt that I had read something worthwhile...Highly recommended, whether you're a fan of crime fiction or simply just like a damn good read.Read Full Review of The Moonstone (Modern Library...
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