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.
You've got to get past the ridiculous set up of a murdered PhD student looking 98% like a Dublin police detective and the police managing to slip the detective into the life of the deceased.......but once you get past that, what remains is an interesting and intriguing book.
Honestly, the character of Cassie didn't make a big impression on me in In The Woods, though I liked that audiobook a lot. So when I saw that there was a second Dublin Murder Squad book in Audible, I was surprised to find it about her and not about Rob, Cassie's partner in that book. Surprised, but not troubled, found I really liked this book and the exploration of how a detective feels and changes when surrounded by various circumstances undercover. That's really what this book is about -- more a psychological thriller of a detective undercover than a mystery about who killed the Trinity student and why.
The narrator did an excellent job, and I found her Irish accent a joy to listen to.
I think that I would have enjoyed this in print version, but I also remember thinking so many times throughout this that this is why I listen to audiobooks. Heather O'Neill's performance went perfectly with Tana French's flowing prose. I would highly recommend the audio version.
Just as with In the Woods, this was an elegantly written story about introspection, our relationships with others, and the unfortunately hindsight that comes when we have had the opportunity to reflect on how we pay for the things we want (the latter a consistent theme in this book), disguised as a "whodunit" murder mystery. I love that.
Her first person narration as Cassie was brilliant.
No spoilers, but I cried at the end.
I'm starting the next book in this series immediately. I cannot stress enough how incredible the performances have been in the first two books, and what a great writer French is.
Tana French is an amazing writer. The Likeness is a perfect combination of beautiful writing, suspense and mystery.
This is the last of the first four French novels that I read. I believe this one and Faithful Place are the best, but I enjoyed them all tremendously. You don't need to read the novels in order; however,the ending of Into the Woods is part of this novel so you may want to read it first.
These novels are LONG and I am surprised so many people like them, as they go into so much detail about very mundane aspects of life and idiosyncrasies of the characters. But her writing is so brilliant and I enjoy every minute. The main plot, a detective going undercover to impersonate another person that others knew so intimately, is not realistic. But suspend belief for just this one aspect of the story and watch the peeling back of layers of all of these characters, both the housemates and the detective herself.
So so. Diverting but not satisfying. I like introspective, brooding detectives, but the main character in this novel spent too much introspective time. (French and her editor were both a little too indulgent of this experienced detective . . . .)
Not at all surprised.
O'Neill is excellent. Characters have very few redeeming qualities.
For me, no . . . .no follow up to The Likeness, but would appreciate if French could get back to the characters and interactions of the preceeding book. It was much better -