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.”
I have no problem suspending disbelief over the premise of having a double. A Tale Of Two Cities has no problem overcoming such a far fetched idea. This book, not so much. Without giving too many spoilers, the idea that a police force is going to place a detective undercover for the murder of a nobody and with no suspicions of larger criminal activity, is where they lost me.
The narration is wonderful, with my only complaint being not enough vocal individuality for each character, but the attempt was made.
The book is too long and the climax, rather underwhelming. By the time the reveal came around, I just didn't care. And after the big reveal? There's still like another hour of book!
I really wanted to like the book more and really tried to suspend disbelief, but I couldn't wait for the book to end.
Yes, because of the variation of accent between Irish and British.
Detective Cassie and her BF Sam. And of course Frank
The main character and the british accent guy
No, because it is not thrilling as much as it touchy and leave you in a deeeeeep thinking and intense emotions.
Love the end this time!
The premise, that a murder victim looked exactly like our detective Cassie, was just too far-fetched. Add to that the associated assumptions: that she could impersonate the dead woman among her closest friends, students, and colleagues, and that it was somehow worth risking Cassie's life to send her undercover as the dead woman, and you've got something just too bogus to swallow. I pressed on to the end because I loved the first book in the series ("In the Woods") and I loved the character (Cassie) from it. I had also been captivated by the author's beautiful writing and characterizations, some of which came through in this second book. As a result, I'll consider the next one in the series.
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.
This is a follow-up to In the Woods, which I also liked very much. In this book, as in that one Ireland is itself a character, and a very complex one at that. The mystery lies in the way French knots the characters together and then works at picking that knot apart. The solution is really a moment in which we see the characters for who they are behind carefully constructed personas.
Cassie is a wonderful narrator, with a rich and vivid voice, beautifully rendered by Ms. O'Neill.
Make no mistake, this is a literary mystery for those who thrive on setting and characterization.
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Ms French is my new favorite author. Her books have great plots, great character development, twists and turns. I like the reader best from Faithful Place - he was awesome! If you like a good psychological thriller than her books are for you.
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.
This is a sequel to "In the Woods" I picked this first as I have trouble listening to male narrators do female voices. So far I have not found one who does not make all the female voices sound the same, and none in character.
However, I liked this one so much, I just ordered the other.
The narrator here is wonderful, and the complexities of all the characters unfolds beautifully.
Now that I have finished it, the characters as well as the authoress are still developing in my mind.