A very good story but couldn't finish it because of all the profanity - especially the use of the Lord's name. Don't know why an author would need to use those words so heavily. They are definitely not necessary for the story at all. Just wanted to warn everyone.
Loved this, obviously. Thoughtful, intense, full of humour, pathos, excitement. For me, Heather O'Neill was magnificent- she was Cassie/Lexie and I hated to see it end.
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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.
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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!