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In general, this is the kind of police-drama I like. More mystery and less thriller.
There is a solid story here, not just a collection of action scenes or an excuse to be gory, but at the same time that’s what made it just a little hard for me to follow. I know that seems ironic but there is a lot of emphasis on people’s thoughts and emotions and lots of describing and pondering and introspection… all extremely interesting but my mind started wandering off more than I wanted it to.
When I snapped back to the story, it was always good – but slowly, slowly, like a lazy snail, my brain kept going off on its own tangent. I couldn’t help it.
I remember next to nothing from Book 1 (In the Woods) and it doesn’t really seem to matter which is great if you want to start with Book 2.
Book 3 (Faithful Place) just went on sale for 7$ so I snatched it up, but I don’t plan on digging in for a while.
I really liked "in the Woods" but I think "The Likeness" is even better. Ms. French sets herself a pretty high bar in terms of believability of the story premise and I think she clears that bar.
I thought I had a pretty good grasp of human psychology but she's clearly spent more time figuring out what makes people tick and what they're likely to do.
this is a great story that had me listening for hours not wanting to stop! I took the story as just that a story and didn't care if things seemed far fetched, it was just very entertaining! the narrator did a great job and Ms French tells the story beautifully and ready paints the picture so I felt like I was there!
I would probably rate the story 3.5 stars, but I did really enjoy it. It's a bit long. Very few characters are likeable, but all are fascinating. In my opinion, it was slightly better than In The Woods, but it wasn't good enough that I will continue on with this series.
Lover of history, travel, and MP3 players (to distract me from things I'd really rather not have to do)!
I need to start with kudos to the spectacular narrator, Heather O'Neill. First - hooray! - an Irish accent! Several of them, in fact. Every character was masterfully created with subtle distinctions so that you knew who they were, without any over the top quirks or stereotypes. With a few teeny exceptions for the non-UK accents, there wasn't a false or grating note to be heard.
In spite of the far-fetched nature of its basic premise, the central story line never really disappointed, providing enough background explanations and trip-ups along the way to satisfy anyone willing to go along for the ride. But really, it's not as much about solving the crime as it is about the psychology and motivations of they myriad characters, from the protagonist Cassie, to her mentor Frank, to the student and village suspects, to the victim herself. The narration and dialogue all serve these characterizations, so bear this in mind if you're searching for a quick-and-dirty whodunit (or are wondering about the 22.5-hour listening time).
Can't wait to try the next one, which appears to spin off the character of Frank Mackey. What a creative way to develop a series!
"In The Woods" is a great novel. Loved that book. The sequel doesn't stand up to the first. Sorry. I will continue reading French's novels though. Some people has issues with Heather O'Neill's accent. I actually thought it was very good.
Yeah, if I was in the mood for a slow, intense book. Definitely not a thriller and no sense of immediacy.
I would recommend the book with the caveat that you have to stick with it. It starts slow and stays slow. You find yourself questioning if you want to keep listening. But if you keep with it, you will find yourself getting hooked. The scene building and detail is almost exhausting but it does set a mood. About half way in, you will find yourself wondering what the secrets are and who did what and why.
I don't really have a favorite scene.
No, it's too slow for a movie.
If you want an action packed thriller who dunnit, DON'T get this book. But if you want to listen to a story with almost too fully developed characters that slowly unfolds, then this is a good choice. You will find yourself interested if you stick with it.
Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.
The narrator's voice -- her Irish and English accents were perfect for the story
I have not listened to other books by Tana French, but I have read them. I realized after I began listening that I had previously read the print book, but I was so charmed by the narrator that I went through it again. I am a Tana French fan, but this book could have been cut in length. It seemed to go on and on and on... but I stayed with it because of the writer and the narrator. This is the second book of the Cassie Maddox/Sam O'Neil series and I liked the first one better.
Her Irish accent and her excellent reading. I look forward to listening to other books by this narrator.
I did not find this to be a particularly dramatic story, but more of a police procedural whodunit.
I felt the story was a bit contrived and it was hard for me to accept the look alike premise.