The reader's Irish accent made this book so engaging and interesting! And improbable story line was written so well that you really believed it could happen! I liked this one even more than the first book - In the Woods.
I listened to French's "In the Woods" and found it mesmeric, but frustrating. The plot kept getting lost in all the atmosphere, the tone of the book was too unremittingly gloomy, and the unresolved elements at the ending annoyed me.
But when I noticed this book, I couldn't resist, because French is such a fine writer, even if the pace of her work--like all literary fiction--is pretty slow. Now that I've heard "The Likeness," I must say I think there's a noticeable improvement between this book and its predecessor. Like "In the Woods," "The Likeness" is very slow and thoughtful and long on atmosphere, but this time French doesn't lose track of her plot, and manages to maintain dramatic tension. And there are some lighthearted moments to balance out all the angst.
I'm really hooked by these characters. And the narrator's voice is absolutely perfect.
The complex and very compelling story-line keep you riveted. The narration is very well done.
The heroine, Cassie Maddox, starts out with an almost unbelievable job undercover that she pulls off. You wait and wait for her to be found out and disaster to strike but root for her the whole time. This is a very human character who makes you think, could I be that brave?
The unraveling of the secrets of the housemates...
A great read/listen!!!
Always listen to books in the regional accent!
I listened to the last chapter 3 times. It was a very moving closing. And I needed closure after being brought so deep into the story.
I had purchased the book in print, then decided I wanted to hear the story in the Irish accent. An excellent decision.
Really good story with great characters. I am usually not a fan of female readers however, Heather O'Neill transported me to a far off land dropped right in the middle of the characters' lives! Captivating!
My husband hated the narration. I have to say it was the accent. The story took place around Dublin and the narrator used the Irish accent to read the story which I didn't mind after about an hour of listening but it drove my husband Nuts!
This story and the narration felt seemless. I tend to go for a little more action, and so I was pleasantly surprised that none was needed to keep me locked in. This is a more psychological suspense story. It might not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you are looking for something a little different than your typical police procedural, I would recommend it highly.
I knew I would miss Rob, from In The Woods, but I quickly got reeled into this story. So smoothly descriptive. You could see it playing out in your mind as if you were recalling a movie. Can't wait to read the next one!
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!