Entertaining story with good prose and an fascinating characters. But I'm giving the book three stars because it just required me to suspend my disbelief so much. The implausibility of having a detective who is actually identical to a murder victim is just a little too much to bear. That on top of the melodramatic gothic style made it fall from what should have been an excellent read to something passably appealing. I'd recommend this to fans of grim mysteries and, quite frankly, gothic or even supernatural novels.
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.