Tana French has an amazing way with words. I have read all three of her novels and would highly recommend them to anyone with a taste for literary mysteries. "The Likeness" is as compelling and lovely as her other works, and I don't imagine that any connoisseur of fiction will stumble even slightly over the plausability of the story's premise.
Eloquently written with full, rich, personable characters you'd love to have as your best friends. French creates an idyllic yet believeable setting that pulls you in with all of your senses. Every character has motive and opportunity, yet French makes it impossible for you not to love and trust them all. The suspense is thrilling and agonizing at the same time. French is a master at portraying the duality of the main character's growing emotional attachment and the fight to keep her professional objectivity. You feel what she feels.
The imagery is lovely. The emotions are raw and tender. The plot is well thought out as a great mystery and the accompanying story is lovely. I found it helpful to read French's 1st book "The Woods" to know some of the characters and relationships, but it isn't mandatory to relate or understand. She reintroduces. A MUST read. My favorite out of all 3.
First thing I want to say is that Tana French's characters are believable and real. The s/heros have their issues, but they reflect general human nature, so they remain lovable; warts and all. I loved IN THE WOODS and this installment--and I do get that her books are installments!-- took me further into the talented mind of Ms. French. It was so great to read about Cassie again..I love this character. The only down side to this story line opposed to the 10,000 fantastic things about this book is that there is no way the voice would have fooled the friends of Lexie. Lexie should have vocal chord damage in her attack. An easy and believable way to enhance THE LIKENESS! Also, I just finished FAITHFUL PLACE. Looking forward to MORE...Is STEPHEN the hero of the next one?
You do have to suspend your natural suspicion a bit that the main character Cassie looks enough like the dead girl to pass herself off as her with those who knew her best. Yes, we all have seen someone who resembles another unrelated person, but not to the extent of being identical. So get past that and let yourself enjoy a good story. French's writing is so lovely, just enjoy the story for that, for an intriguing mystery, for interesting characters, for an excellent reader. I would agree with other reviewers who suggest you read In The Woods first, not mandatory, but it will help you understand Cassie and where she is coming from. I can't wait to listen to French's latest.
I love books by Tana French. I find her writing style beautiful to read. The story kept me eager to continue listening. A good mystery.
The basic premise of this novel does not pass the sniff test, and the motivations and actions of the characters are ridiculously unrealistic. On top of it the character voices of the narrator are just annoying.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Fantastic book. I really like her writing. The way she draws the reader in to the whole almost mystical atmosphere of Whitethorn house and the magical merged lives of the 5 residents is amazing. ***spoiler alert*** I was right there with Cassie... not wanting it to end, appreciating the love between them, appreciating what a different life they had carved out. The seductive way that other life pulled on Cassie was portrayed so well. I almost wanted her to stay and give all the rest of it up. It was probably unrealistic, but, then again, I think that was also portrayed through the unraveling of the tightly knit group. It couldn't last - their closeness and their interdependence and their other-worldliness. I like the way the author is able to write a great mystery story and also come up with such great writing.