I enjoyed this book significantly more than "In the Woods" and I think this narrator is better as well. The story is engaging, surprising at times, and touching. However, I personally find it frustrating and annoying (especially in an audiobook where I can't just skip ahead) when a character consistently makes foolish or harmful choices. I don't really enjoy self-destructive characters and Tana French excels at writing them!
Still, I'm giving it 4 stars because she is an excellent writer with an excellent narrator, even if I find her characters maddening.
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No two people look or act enough alike for this story to be believable. It did hold my attention and I thought it was well put together. But, please, enough with the metaphors.
I thought this book was fantastic! It drew me in and totally engrossed me. The characters were intriguing, complicated and very interesting as was the storyline. I loved most of the characters but hated one or two! This was an immensely well written "who done-it". The narrator did a perfect job!
I'd never heard of Tana French before purchasing her first book, and was instantly hooked. This is undoubtedly my favorite of the three for its ability to cut deep to the heart of our universal longings for "home" and "belonging" contrasted with the gritty world of an Irish detective novel. The characters are mesmerizing, beautifully characterized, and the narrator is bewitching. Tana's language is luscious -- can't think of a better word -- and the lyrical voice of the narrator makes me smell the sweetness of the grass, the sweat of the characters and the longing in their bones to belong. If this sounds vague, trust me -- I'm just trying not to spoil the story. Above all, Tana is an Irish storyteller on par with the greatest.
I'll be honest: I read this only because it's the sequel to In the Woods. I was hoping (though not expecting) to find the answers here that I didn't get there. I didn't get them here either.
That being said, this was a good story in its own right. It was just as expertly written as In the Woods (which, if you haven't read it, I'd suggest reading before you read this one). Fascinating voice kept me in the story at all times and I rarely got distracted. I felt I knew the characters just as well as they knew each other, just as well as the author knew them.
Yes, there is an aspect of this story that's a pretty stretched coincidence, that other reviewers have also mentioned (i.e., what are the chances of two non-related people looking 99% alike?). But it was just well done. The characters were just as surprised it was a coincidence as the readers.
I am glad that I got through the first 4 or so hours of this - I was really close to giving up on it because I found it terribly repetitive. But once Cassie actually moved into the house, things started rolling along at a nice pace, and I started enjoying the author's descriptive style. The book could have been better honed, but all in all I enjoyed it.
I have to admit that I am an easy critic, I enjoy most books on Audible. "The Likeness" was thoroughly engrossing for me as was "Faithful Place." I don't have anything to say compared with other reviews except that I recommend listening to "In the Woods" before listening to "The Likeness." The main character in "The Likeness" Casey, refers to working on the case in the book before and how "In the Woods" really affected her, but gives no details about it. Casey Maddox is a great character and it would be neat to know more about her background. "The Likeness" very psychological book. It was easy for me to overlook how improbable it would be to look exactly like another person because it made for such an interesting, deep and creepy story.