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 -
This story is masterful in the way its written. I recently finished reading a few other 'mystery' type books where you hit pockets when the author sort of loses you in the suspension of disbelief and you know its a fictional book. Not with Tana French. You get pulled in and its all very real. I don't know why, but the recording on this book sounds slightly muffled. But you get over it after a few minutes and, other than that, its narrated pretty well especially with all the Irish slang and accents. I really thought the plot of this one was brilliant compared to other books not only in this series but in this genre as a whole.
looking for a good read
a different narrator
a different narrator
dont know but I have found that I can not concentrate on books read by women
I love Tana French's gift of language. She can turn a phrase so well that you can feel the grass under your feet, see the moonlight in the night sky, and feel every emotional detail.This book relies on the most unlikely of premises, but Tana French carries it off with ease. This novel is tangled and messy and wonderful.
The solving of the mystery, of course, though I found it was a bit drawn out... the descriptions of the parties, the five friends.
She did a fantastic job with this one, even singing! Most narrators are not strong singing vocalists, but heather O'Neill was fantastic!
Other reviewers were not able to get past the unlikely premise and the length of this book. Don't let this stop you! I was able to get past the first, and the length of the book twists and turns around other parts, so any shortening may have detracted from the punches the story was meant to deliver.Chilling, tragic, well-crafted.
It was great for a single listen. Heather O'Neill nailed the audio and because of her, I recommended this story to my mother and others. I have been unable to complete Into the Woods, Book 1 of the Dublin Series. I think the narrator is the reason.
I loved the main character and her dynamic relationship to her captain, her lover, and her undercover relationships!
Well-crafted, maintained tension throughout, brilliant narration.
One didn't stand out over another. The story was simply memorable.
I have not heard her before. She is a brilliant narrator. All of her voices fit the personality of the characters.
It invited me into their home where I became to love the people in side and felt sad to see it fall apart.
I would...the lovely Irish brogue of Heather O'Neill lends a perfect extra touch to this incredible mystery.
Holding my breath and wondering when and if Cassie's real identity would be revealed.
Sorry, I haven't but will be looking for her in the future.
No extreme reaction...it's not that kind of book. But it did make me think a lot about friendships and how they either thrive or fail. So much of the book has to do with people supporting each other.
This is my third novel by Tana French and I will read ANYTHING she writes at this point. Each book has been a unique and expertly crafted mystery and paced perfectly right to the end. I particularly love the way she has some of the same characters pop up in each book. I do understand that she will have a new book published in June of 2014 and I will pre-order it as soon as it becomes available.