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I loved getting to know Cassie Maddox from her own perspective. I already had a sense of her because she was a prominent part of In The Woods, the first Dublin Murder Squad book. I highly recommend downloading that first, since Cassie’s background information and relationship status is a continuation of what happened there.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the improbable doppelgänger aspect did not hinder it in the least. I think what made that vital plot point less of a stumbling block was that the author does not try to explain how it happened. There’s no shared parentage or ancestry, no twin separation at birth, or anything like that. There’s a potential regional connection, but that gets pretty much shut down as well. Once I accepted that the similarity simply existed and the author was not going to waste time explaining it into the ground, it stopped mattering.
Do not be worried that a plot centered on a motley crew of enigmatic college students will resemble a CW or Fox teenage TV show. Nothing could be farther from the reality here. Each character is finely drawn and original. The dialogue is quippy, natural, intelligent, and focused. Each person is believable and not at all a stereotype. Truly, the author did not take shortcuts when developing these characters.
As I mentioned in my In The Woods review, this series departs from typical crime drama. Like In the Woods, The Likeness is a psychological thriller more than a traditional who-done-it. Figuring out who perpetrated the crime is secondary to becoming intimately involved in the psychology of the tightly-knit group of characters. Understanding the motive behind the crime is more important than concealing who committed it. The fact that this is an undercover op for Cassie is much more a focus than if this were Cassie acting solely as a murder detective. That is important to recognize, since yet again, the resolution of the investigation is not nearly as complete and air tight as you might expect from the crime genre in general. I like this. It is refreshing, and much more realistic.
Tana French is truly a master in regards to her characters. I’ve read piles upon piles of books, the serious, down-to-the-grit-and-grime-of-humanity types. Not one comes close to her character development, in my opinion. Cassie Maddox is interesting, exciting, unpredictable, unexplainable, hard-headed, confusing (could I squeeze any more adjectives in there?), yet still very likeable. Her other characters are just as flushed-out and well-rounded. Everyone is multi-dimensional, possessing a realistic mix of personal ethics, irrational behavior, personal issues, goals, desires, and stress that results in a very realistic portrayal of people. There are no purely good characters, which I find refreshing. Cowboy antics are met with real consequences, unlike in most crime novels where maverick behavior is acceptable because the ends tend to justify the means. Not so for the Dublin Murder Squad.
Heather O’Neill is the ideal narrator. She is perfection as Cassie. I would love to hear more of her readings. The minute she started narrating, she was Cassie. I did not have to adjust to her at all.
With each new book, Tana French cements her place as my favorite author. The Likeness is no exception. It is truly masterful and haunting, and I cannot wait for the next book. I highly recommend this book.
I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.
Tana French is a new favorite author for me. I've now read all of the Dublin decective mysteries, and really like the way she focuses each book on one of the dectectives featured in the earlier stories. Can't wait for the next one! The narrator is good, too!
Almost unbelievable premise, turns into a really gripping story of murder and psychology. Heroine detective is really a delight. Great depth of plot and great character readings.
this is the second tana french book i've listened to and i like the characters and really liked this story in particular--but this narrarator is just *killing* me. i think its her accent (irish) which normally i feel like i'd enjoy or be fine with but it--and she--is driving me absolutely bananas. its totally not fair of me because its the Dublin Murder Squad for crying out loud! but i keep fighting the urge to turn it off. i'm sticking with it because the story is a good one but thankfully the narrarators are different for the other two tana french books. its just that my ears hurt :(
At the very top.
Cassie, the main character. She's so complex and fascinating. You can't stop listening to her tell her story.
Loved the scenes when "Lexy" (Cassie) and the Friends were hanging out enjoying being in the house together.
Several, but I don't want to be a spoiler!
Tana French is an amazing author. I listened to "The Likeness" after finishing "Into the Woods". Her characters are so engaging; you feel like you're walking away from personal acquintances when the story is done. You want to keep in touch with them to see how their lives are going. I really hope there are more stories featuring the characters in "The Likeness" and "Into the Woods".
I couldn't finish the book. I got more than halfway through and quit. I just simply could not listen to any more because of the narrator. That phony brogue was so distracting.
I loved her first book in this series and I just downloaded the next book.
Steven Crossley did a great job of narrating In the Woods.
Very different and not predictable!
She brought this book to life, I loved listening to it!
Love the series and can't wait for more! This book does not disappoint.
I THOUGHT IN THE WOODS WAS GREAT BUT 'THE LIKENESS' WAS EVEN BETTER. CAN'T WAIT TO LISTEN TO PART 3. I STAYED UP ALL NIGHT BECAUSE I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN.
Ridiculous premise, but I enjoyed it anyway. I really felt like I was there-great character and location details.
Loved the narrator and story, I reccommend reading the first book in the series 'into the woods' first to get a better understanding of what's going on in Cassey's head, though it's not as good as this one. Next two are good as well but this one is my favorite!
I could listen to her narrate all day, every day.
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