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I am glad that I got through the first 4 or so hours of this - I was really close to giving up on it because I found it terribly repetitive. But once Cassie actually moved into the house, things started rolling along at a nice pace, and I started enjoying the author's descriptive style. The book could have been better honed, but all in all I enjoyed it.
I have to admit that I am an easy critic, I enjoy most books on Audible. "The Likeness" was thoroughly engrossing for me as was "Faithful Place." I don't have anything to say compared with other reviews except that I recommend listening to "In the Woods" before listening to "The Likeness." The main character in "The Likeness" Casey, refers to working on the case in the book before and how "In the Woods" really affected her, but gives no details about it. Casey Maddox is a great character and it would be neat to know more about her background. "The Likeness" very psychological book. It was easy for me to overlook how improbable it would be to look exactly like another person because it made for such an interesting, deep and creepy story.
I really enjoyed this read...loved the characters and the narrator did a brilliant job with the different voices. The author has a wonderful style with descriptive narrative.
Tana French makes the characters and environment of her stories come alive. I love this book!
I love when a book 'captures' me and I do not want to get to the end... I have my listening device on 2x the normal rate. I always try to finish the book even if I do not care for the content or narrator. This plot is minimized by it's long narration and incidental 'fluff.' It's a 'whodunit' with a long winded narration. The narrator however keeps pace [or lack of pace] with the drama that keeps trying to unfold. Only 2 stars for Tana this time around.
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.
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