Though, not exactly a sequel, the follow up novel to French's award winning debut, In The Woods, is set in the same world from the author's first book. Fans that were hoping for answers to the mysteries left unsolved in the first book will be sadly disappointed.
The Likeness revolves around Cassie Madox, (Rob Ryan's partner) who was a significant character in the first book. Some time has lapsed since the events of In The Woods and Cassie is dealing with the aftermath and attempting to go on with her life. Her former partner, Rob, that was the center of the previous book-- is pretty much absent from the story with the exception of a few mentions here and there. Cassie has moved on, changed departments, and is in a steady relationship with Sam O'Neil. Things are looking up for her until a ghost from her past pops up unexpectedly and pushes Cassie into an impossible situation that is almost as impossible to believe.
In The Likeness, readers are to believe that a doppelganger exist to the extent where someone could assume the identity of someone they look like and fool everyone they live with...it is entirely unlikely and yet...I couldn't pull myself away from the book.
There is something about the way Tana French tells a story that makes it easy for me to believe what she is writing at the moment I am reading it. I admit, that even as I am writing this I am thinking to myself how silly the plot was, but I ate it up. Couldn't get enough of it really. Perhaps it is the fact that I got the book on audio. It is a very long book and I can only imagine how tedious it may have been to read due to all the descriptions and long dialogues. But, listening to it was AMAZING. I hung on every word the narrator said and was transported to French's Dublin and it was a thrilling book to experience.
If you are already a fan of Tana French then I think you will enjoy The Likeness. For those that are not as keen on her work, I suggest checking out the audiobook. It is a very long mystery and a bit far-fetched, but incredibly entertaining!
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Any story can be told in 250 pages. This one should have been. The writing is fine, just too much of it, by a factor of 3.
Well, I loved this one just as much as I did the first in the series, though it's a very different sort of story, and admittedly, one that requires a certain suspension of disbelief. The premise, if you think about it, is somewhat silly--a girl who looks exactly like Detective Cassie Maddox is found murdered, and so Cassie goes undercover and manages to fool all of the girl's closest friends (all housemates, no less) into thinking she's the dead girl in order to find out what happened to her. I mean, the whole thing sounds so unlikely. Only...somehow it actually worked for me, if only because Tana French is so masterful in creating characters and settings that feel so alive. I absolutely fell in love with this insane household of twenty-somethings and with Whitethorn, just as Cassie does to some extent. And I loved the journey Cassie takes throughout the course of the book, as she finally deals somewhat with what happened during the first book with her former partner Rob Ryan. French's writing just casts a spell over me, and even when various plot points seem utterly ridiculous, I still can't help but be completely smitten with the stories she tells. Really excellent narration as well. I'll listen to this one over and over again.
The narrator made this novel such an enjoyable listen. I don't know that I would have been as drawn in with a different narrator.
The story was interesting, the writing was complex and the characters memorable. I could picture the scenes; it was almost like watching a film unfold.
I haven't heard the narrator before.
The main character had conflicting emotions at the end of the book about her part in the drama and the events that unfolded. It was easy to understand her angst.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will seek out more of the author's work.
I listen to books on tape typically about 10 or more hours a week during my commute time. A good book makes you kind of forget your driving!
But the main question is - can you believe that two people could look so much alike that those closest wouldn't know if they were switched.
That said - I enjoyed getting into the strange 'family'.
Gorgeous language, an inventive plot, and a believable mystery. Better writing than In the Woods and a much better character study of the five friends than the trite dysfunctional family of Faithful Place. The other books are very good--this one is sensational!
Out of the three books she has done, I love this one the best. Heather O'neill brought it to life beautifully. The story is entertaining and keeps you interested. The only negative thing I can say is that Tana French takes too long between books. I could read a new one at least every week.
I didn't listen to Tana French's books in order, having listed to A Faithful Place first. But In the Woods and this one soon followed Faithful. I love her books and can't wait for her to write another. Books that delve so deeply into the psyche of the characters are such fun to listen to. The reader in this book did an excellent job with all the voices, especially that of Daniel. I was sorry to have it end and, like many others, hope that she will one day write more with Cassie as the main character.
Oh, for the person who said this book was too long and filled with much unnecessary information, get the abridged version next time if you want brevity.
Dawnknitella in Oregon
So, while I did enjoy the narration, I found the premise of this story to be rather unbelievable. The parts I did like were the actual detective work - gathering information and pinning down the suspects. The waxing poetic about the beauty of the communal lifestyle was over the top. No way could I buy for even a second that someone could be an exact double of another person, and her friends would not notice. But, not a bad story.