JUST KIDS by Patti Smith.
her great accents make it more real.
the premise of the story IS impossible. the more you know about people the less you can go along with the premise. you have to suspend disbelief from the beginning and that ruins everything. i won't say more because I don't want to spoil it for those more naive than I. how this book ever got past the first editorial meeting i'll never know.
the author can write well and i enjoyed the parts where the group of 5 are living in and working on the old mansion in the country. but that's incidental to the main story line.
this book asks for a large investment of your time. if you have lived quite a bit of your life already, I'm afraid you won't enjoy this book because it will feel like a waste of your time.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is my third Tana French book and I continue to be amazed at the way she weaves the plot and characters of her great stories so expertly. This book features Cassie with Frank and Sam playing secondary roles to her detective work. That required a female narrator who did a respectable if not perfect job.
This plot is especially intriguing, based on the idea that everyone has an identical double somewhere in the world. What if your double was murdered? What if your now dead double was using an identity you had used years ago on an undercover case? What kind of mind games would this perpetuate? How in the world would you solve the crime?
Tana French's mind works in wondrous ways, using delightful characters and plot twists that keep you guessing and wanting more. In short, this was an amazing listen! I was totally engrossed after only 10 minutes and could barely make myself take a break. If I could have, I would have listened to it one sitting.
If you like Irish accents and great murder mysteries, you can't go wrong with this pick.
Maybe, not likely for Tana. No on the narrator.
The premise is stretched to snapping. The story is so slow. You don't get involved in the story let alone involved with the characters. It does not draw you in or make you care about what's next. She should read Jeannine Frost and Deborah Harkness for how to move along, pace, get your reader wanting more. Deborah's book is long but it keeps you wanting more and to know what is going to happen next to the characters. You care.
Tavia Gilbert would be perfect or Jennifer Ikeda.
None are bad there just benign.
Yes, this was a great story with a great twist. It caught my attention from the first chapter and I could not wait to get to the end to see what happens.
Yes. I was so caught up in Cassie being Lexie that I felt for her and all the decisions she made, I probably would have made the same ones.
No I have not.
I would not call it an extreme reaction, but I did laugh and cry.
Great book! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good murder mystery and wants a fresh way to tell the story.
Yes, because the book is read with a variety of Irish inflections that enhance the characters and story. It is a delight to listen to.
The plot is intriguing, not your usual mystery fare. But it is the character development that really is really interesting. Much of what happens in the book goes on in the mind of the narrator..
The Irish accent is interpreted differently with each character. She is a wonderful actress.
This is absolutely one of the best books I've ever listened to! The story is riveting and the narrator is a joy to listen to.
I started Tana French with "In The Woods", a taught psychological mystery, and looked forward to following the character Cassie Maddox as she takes over the lead from her psychologically damaged partner from the first volume in the series. If you haven't read "In The Woods" yet, stop, download that volume, and go through it first before entering into this world. The actions that Cassie takes in this book are directly related to events in the first volume of Dublin Murder Squad. You don't need to read it to understand the plot in this one, but you do need the backstory to understand the lead character.
As "The Likeness" opens, Cassie is in Domestic Violence, still reeling from earlier events that she went through in the murder squad. She is drawn into a bizarre undercover operation that runs as much havoc with her psyche as "Woods" did to her former partner, Adam Ryan. Just like the earlier volume, there is very little blood (only one murder apiece), and essentially no violence. (In other words, if you're looking for the fiction equivalent of "Die Hard" look elsewhere) French writes about the difficult subject of human psychology, and she takes her time unfolding the precarious walls we all build up in our minds.
About 2/3 through the book, the pace becomes even slower, and even more careful. In this section, Cassie makes some severely stupid choices. We know the reasons behind those choices, sort of, but still, I found myself saying to the character, "Come on. You know better." Honestly, I was writing my review in my head while listening to this section, "Tana French needs a better editor". Boy, was that initial impression wrong. When the pace suddenly shifts, and everything falls into place, you get what she was trying to do. French has written a very good narrative of how, and why, we all make severely stupid choices.
I now admire the careful crafting of that pace. We all do things that people from the outside of our lives and our histories judge. But French manages to get under the skin. All of the characters, from the arrogant undercover lead, to the sad collection of misfits living in a large old Irish mansion that Cassie infiltrates, are well drawn and fully fleshed out. Once I was through the slow bit, I understood why Cassie did what she did. And even better, I can't say I would have done the same thing. My history is so different; my narrative would have to be different. French is excellent at creating portraits of the complex individuals we see everyday on the street.
I read the first book and like it ok . . . .the self-destructive behavior of lead male character did get a bit old, but overall, that one was pretty good. After reading the glowing reviews for this book, I was encouraged, but I found I just couldn't listen to it. I lasted about an hour, but it was just too cheesy. The narrator was very annoying too - it all seems very forced.
The story was interesting at every turn; I really enjoyed the 1st book but it was not necessary to this storyline, but this story did give you little tidbits of info into some of the things that happened in the 1st story. It was relevant to the current story & was a surprising bonus for those who read the 1st book. The characters are interesting and you get to really know them. Most of the twists I never saw coming until the last minute. The narrator was delightful with the Irish accent, made the delightful phrases much more fun than if I would have been reading in my voice. Made the book seem more authentic & real.
This author has a wonderful sense of writing, many spots where I laughed out loud at the way she said somethings. Can't wait to get my ears on the next one.
Willy Wonka of it
The characters were so well-developed that you felt you were part of their lives.
An awesome narrator that nailed the accents and voices of both male and female characters.
Indeed I did. There were very few dull moments.
This tale was very well done. It stood alone, yet wove bits and pieces of the first novel in. You can enjoy it as a standalone tale or as a sequel. I felt a connection to all the characters as well.
Tana did a good job of showing enough of the character's daily life to flesh them out and make a connection while still moving the story along and keeping the developments flowing. The pace was excellent, and to be honest, I would have been fine seeing a bit more mundane day-to-day activities.
I left the first novel really liking (and feeling sorry for Cassie). Towards the end of this tale though, I felt much less of a connection and began to care less for her than for her dead persona. Still, that speaks more to how well Tana developed the character and made you feel the emotions.
Well done all around!