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This is my second Tana French novel; I listened to Broken Harbor recently, and recommend that as highly as this one. This is marvelous detective fiction: beautifully written and plotted, with complex and fascinating characters. Heather O'Neill does a brilliant job with the narration, handling a good-sized cast very well, and keeping me on the edge of my seat. I desperately hope she does more books; she has just the right amount of expression and emotion.
In Broken Harbor and Likeness, Tana Harbor creates intense and compelling mysteries without much violence. I can't read extremely or even moderately violent stuff; it unsettles me, but I love mysteries and have limited patience with "cozies." I'm also picky about good writing. Like P.D. James, Sarah Waters, and Kate Atkinson, French is able to maintain the tension without a lot of graphic violence. And the writing is *really good.* Denise Mina is another writer of marvelous detective fiction; I love her Alex Morrow series, though her Paddy Meehan & Garnethill series are too graphic for me. I notice Heather O'Neill has narrated two of the Paddy Meehans. Perhaps I can work up to one of those . . .
I get to read three more Tana French novels and then have to wait for her to publish more. I'm thrilled to have discovered her. What a find!
I listened to the first book in the Dublin Murder Squad series “In the Woods” by Tana French and enjoyed it. I also enjoyed listening to the second book, “The Likeness”, and felt it was just as good. It was about an Irish police woman, Cassandra Maddox, who looked like the murder victim Lexie Madison. Cassandra goes undercover to try to solve the stabbing, moves into Lexie Madison's place of residence at Whitethorn House, and becomes Lexie Madison, living with the four other residents.
I felt this was a great psychological thriller with a little bit of romance. The characters in the novel were interesting and her growing emotional involvement with them makes it even more interesting. The novel was very engaging and could be read without reading the first book in the series.
The narrator, Heather O’Neil, did an excellent job narrating the story. I plan on purchasing the third book in the series, “Faithful Place.”
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
First off, let me say this is just about the best narration, ever! Heather O'Neill doesn't just read this book, she performs it brilliantly. Can't say enough about the importance of a superior narrator in enjoying an Audio version - and this one proves the rule.
As in her first book, Tana French has a fantastic story idea. Though the "everyone has a double somewhere" coincidence is on the improbable side, French's excellent writing skills deserve suspension of disbelief. The story unveils well, there's a lot of psychological complexity in the characters, and modern Ireland comes alive in "The Likeness."
I just wish this author had a little more of the editor in her, or that an editor insisted on a bit of tightening of the story. It's just too long for a really effective mystery. Although I actually found myself skipping through bits (and not missing anything plot-wise), I do recommend "The Likeness" as a very good listen, especially with this narrator.
Who needs the mall?
This was a very intricate plot, and a superb story. The only caveat - the author asked us to take a giant leap in believing a girl who happened to look exactly like Cassie just happened to stumble into one of her old undercover identities. I struggled with this and the fact that once again, the book was just too long.
The most interesting thing about the story was the house, it's occupants, and all their combined secrets. The least interesting was all the time spent at college. I just didn't care.
Heather has a brilliant accent and as always, a narrator brings you into a story in a way that reading it on your own just can't match.
I think so. I'm looking forward to seeing what unfolds in the next book.
I was confused when, near the end of the book, Cassie mentioned her trip to England. It caught me off guard and took me a few minutes to recognize exactly what she was talking about. Just another subject I'd like to see hashed out in the next book.
The story and performance held my interest. The plot strains the imagination, but the author pulls it off. This is the second novel by the author that I have read. I've enjoyed both but in fact, I liked the believability of the other ( Faithful Place ) better.
I recommend the book, just be prepared for something designed more for entertainment than Faithful Place.
From Austen to zombies!
I liked "In the Woods" so I figured I'd like this one at least as much. I wasn't disappointed!
It's told from the view of Cassie Maddox, partner of Rob from the last instalment. Cassie's much funnier than Rob, and I enjoyed her character more. Heather O'Neill does a wonderful job in her Irish accent that isn't harsh or overwhelming. Some of the male voices are a little flat, but overall she really added to the story.
My one issue with this story is that Tana French's writing style still has the issues it had in the first book. Similes often don't seem to be a real comparison (for example, various supernatural entities seem to run up and down people's backs quite often). That isn't so bad, really, but the habit of putting two adjectives at the end of a sentence started to detract from the story after a while. I kept asking myself how so many things could be "wild and sweet."
That's a pity, because the story here is even more exciting than the last one. Fans of "In the Woods" will love it, and for those who haven't read it, no problem--it stands alone. It does start a little bit slowly. But still, with the great characters and exciting story, you'll definitely listen to the end.
I really liked "The Woods," which should be read first. I had to suspend disbelief too much in this book -- the main character can act like a B horror movie protagonist.
However, the book is fairly intelligent and entertaining and I'd recommend it.
The Likness is a great listen. I think it holds very true to life and does not end with every detail wrapped up in a pretty bow. The author leaves some things to your imagination. The narrator is absolutely the best a listener could hope for. I highly recommend this, especially if you have read In the Wood by Tana French. I am looking forward to the next release from this author. There are enough turns and twists to keep you guessing what is next, when you lay the book down.
The Likeness is great, it kept me guessing and captured chapter after chapter just like "In the Woods". I hope Audible's customer service comes up with a way to warning me if Tana French comes up with another sequel. O'Neil is an great too. A must have.
I loved this book, the narrator, the plot, the writing, the characters. It was as good as the first one,In The Woods. I highly recommend it. The plot complexity, the imagery, the characters all combine to make a fascinating story that I had to finish. I wonder if Tana French will write another. I hope so.