The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins

When and where?

The book was published in 1868 by Collins. The Moonstone has two settings, India and London.

Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins was born in England on January 8, 1824. He has lived there his entire life.

High interest?

The Moonstone scored a nineteen out of twenty five for a high interest criteria grading scale. The humor in The Moonstone is mainly by Mr. Betteredge whose sense of humor is unmatched throughout the book. The moonstone is relatable to teens because it recounts the events of the theft of a gift to a teen herself. Rachel, 18, does not know what to do or what to say about the entire case. Rachel runs away from the mystery, causing the relatability to be the novels weak point. The suspense of the novel is partially ruined because Collins reveals who stole the moonstone midway through the book. The conclusion of the book has an intriguing way of reenacting the crime so that they can truly solve the entire case.


The book intertwined the Indian and English cultures together. The moonstone, a very important Indian cultural item, is stolen away from them during the siege of seringapatum. Mr. Herncastle, the original culprit, gives the moonstone to Rachel Verinder for her 18th birthday. That night the moonstone is stolen again by an unknown perpetrator. Everybody involved with the case, and even high caste Indians, desperately try to find the precious moonstone.