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.
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.
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.
OK, admittedly, the story isn't very believable, but I liked this story. I loved the narrator's accent, and Ms. French paints a lovely world with words. I liked this story enough to recommend it. Cheers!
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.
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.
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Very satisfying to read, a page turner with subtle tones, shadings, inferences, mood swings, and colorations. Tana French knows how to grab the readers and make them care about the characters. I couldn't wait to find out what the characters did next. I actually sneaked it into work and listened with a hidden ear bud for an hour...I HAD TO KNOW what happened next! So smooth, such talent. All the books I have listened to by Tana French were excellent, and can be read in order for best effects, but OK to read out of order too.
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.
Cassie is introduced in the first Dublin Murder Squad book and here her character is developed. I really like the references to Rod from book one and was glad he was not just dropped from the book. By the end of the book I felt I knew Tana French's characters - she does a wonderful job bringing each one to life. This is a good book and I am looking forward to listening to the third book of the series. Narration is difficult at first; I restarted the book several times but Ms O'Neill's voice and I were in sinc not long into the story.