©2008 Tana French; (P)2008 Recorded Books
I've read plenty of books that start out slowly and end with a bang but this is the first one that started out promising and then slowed to a crawl the rest of the way. Additionally, the plot isn't very believable, the heroine acts illogically, and the book seems more soap opera than mystery. I give it 2 stars because it is obvious the author has a great descriptive talent; she just needs to think up better plot lines. The narration is very good.
After her gripping psychological debut, "In the Woods", Tana French tried but doesn't measure up with this second novel. The main problem I had with the book was the unbelievable plot. I don't think this story could ever be possible in real life. That said I . enjoyed getting inside Cassie's head in "The Likeness". ""In the Woods", was written from Rob's point of view although Cassie was a main character in the book.
I think what sets Tana French's writing apart from any other writer I've encountered is her ability to pull on an emotional need we all can identify with; the need to belong. In her first book she pairs Rob and Cassie in an intimate partnership/friendship. In Cassie's small apartment during the month in which they attempt to solve a horrible child murder they share long evenings of dinners, wine and warm whiskey. As they go over the case they experience a bond that wraps them in a protective cocoon. In "The Likeness" we are allowed to glimpse the same type of soul friendship between Cassie and four characters who are all possible murder suspects. Cassie is torn between the need to be a real part of this distorted family and her place as a detective solving a complicated murder. This description does not do the books justice, they must be read or in my case listened to in order to appreciate French's ability to pull on emotions that are inborn in all of us.
One thing of note that I don't remember reading in reviews on the Dublin Murder Squad series is that one book leads to another in that we are introduced to a new detective in each book. The next book revolves around the life and work of this new character. This keeps the series fresh and is not like other series which are all about one continuing character.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
Surprising, engaging, unique
My favorite character is Detective, Cassie Maddox, the character from whose point of view the story is told. She is a character from one of the author's other books, "In the Woods" and reading this book was like catching up with an old friend. She is clever, determined, brave, damaged in some ways by life but not the type to moan about it, and very human. She isn't perfect and she makes mistakes so she seems more real. The character has depth and she is the sort of person that you might enjoy having a friendship with.
She does a lovely job with the different voices. She brings life to the characters with her reading and each has a distinct, recognizable, tone. She knows how to use a silence and doesn't rush the story. In fact, I am listening to another of this author's works now and even though it is being read my another actor, I still hear Ms. O'Neill's voice interpretation for Cassie Maddox, who appears in the other story as well as this one.
I can't say that I had an extreme reaction to this book, but I have read it and listened to it because I found the story so fascinating. It made me wonder about relationships among long-time friends and the factors that go into determining who we let into our lives and why.
So far, I have read or listened to all of Tana French's books. I have enjoyed all of them and I hope she continues to write for a very long time.
The narrator really got into my head. She delves into each character in every Irish accent I never knew existed. Many twist and turns but the character development of the heroine and other players is what makes this book for me. One bothersome thing about Dublin Murder Squad books is that the men all seem damaged from childhood.
Good characters, interesting storyline, great reader. I liked the first book "Into the Woods" and this was even better. I look forward to reading all this authors books.
Cassie, I like that she is confident in her work, but something of a work in progress in life.
This book has outstanding narration and is well-written in terms of vocabulary, descriptions, sentence structure, etc. However, the far-fetched premise of the story and the unlikely characters made it difficult to take the book seriously. I liked the character of Cassie enough from the first book to see this one through to the end, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it.
The narrator of this book was either Irish or had the best Irish accent I have ever heard. The story, as read by her, was very compelling. The story itself was engaging and I found myself trying to carve out time to listen.
I felt the story was believable and interesting.
I enjoyed the manner in which the main character learned how to "play" a different person. She and her mentor's work together seemed very realistic. The author did not try to tie everything in at the end and I found the ending appropriate to the story.
I also liked the manner in which the deceased character seemed like a living character.
Everyone has a double.
I have one of those faces that make people tell me that I look just like their sister, ex-girlfriend, etc. One wonders about this kind of thing.
The main character was a very capable young woman who had suffered mental and emotional damage on a previous police case. She took on this case at great personal risk to her safety and mental health. I enjoyed the premise of a "look alike". I also enjoyed the premise of the college students who became house mates and friends. The book was well written and the narrator did an outstanding job. I would highly recommend this book and this narrator. The book was very long, but it held my interest until the very end.
This was wonderful in audio form! The narrator is an Irish woman, and her accent completely made this book come to life on my 24 hour road trip. I love Tana French, and after reading In The Woods, this did not disappoint. This is a must!
I read, knit and read and knit at the same time thanks to audible!
No, it was quite boring compared to the first in the series.
It was not at all believable.
The narrator was fine, she just did not have a good book to narrate.
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