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The Likeness | [Tana French]

The Likeness

Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.
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Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

©2008 Tana French; (P)2008 Recorded Books

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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 01-27-13
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 01-27-13

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Monumentally Good but Monumentally Long"

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-01-12
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "Trivial story hardly worth the effort."
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Heather O'Neill?

    I am done.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Informant


    Have you listened to any of Heather O'Neill???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, she does well.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like the detectives, but the story is so trivial I cannot understand why such an undertaking by the police would ever take place.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Bonny 11-04-14
    Bonny 11-04-14

    Addicted to books, both print and audio-.

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    "Superbly-written, complex detective fiction"

    This is my second Tana French novel; I listened to Broken Harbor recently, and recommend that as highly as this one. This is marvelous detective fiction: beautifully written and plotted, with complex and fascinating characters. Heather O'Neill does a brilliant job with the narration, handling a good-sized cast very well, and keeping me on the edge of my seat. I desperately hope she does more books; she has just the right amount of expression and emotion.

    In Broken Harbor and Likeness, Tana Harbor creates intense and compelling mysteries without much violence. I can't read extremely or even moderately violent stuff; it unsettles me, but I love mysteries and have limited patience with "cozies." I'm also picky about good writing. Like P.D. James, Sarah Waters, and Kate Atkinson, French is able to maintain the tension without a lot of graphic violence. And the writing is *really good.* Denise Mina is another writer of marvelous detective fiction; I love her Alex Morrow series, though her Paddy Meehan & Garnethill series are too graphic for me. I notice Heather O'Neill has narrated two of the Paddy Meehans. Perhaps I can work up to one of those . . .

    I get to read three more Tana French novels and then have to wait for her to publish more. I'm thrilled to have discovered her. What a find!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 12-08-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A gripping psychological thriller"

    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.”

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JRM 01-26-13
    JRM 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Who needs the mall?

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    "Better, but...."
    What did you like best about The Likeness? What did you like least?

    This was a very intricate plot, and a superb story. The only caveat - the author asked us to take a giant leap in believing a girl who happened to look exactly like Cassie just happened to stumble into one of her old undercover identities. I struggled with this and the fact that once again, the book was just too long.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting thing about the story was the house, it's occupants, and all their combined secrets. The least interesting was all the time spent at college. I just didn't care.


    What does Heather O'Neill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Heather has a brilliant accent and as always, a narrator brings you into a story in a way that reading it on your own just can't match.


    Was The Likeness worth the listening time?

    I think so. I'm looking forward to seeing what unfolds in the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was confused when, near the end of the book, Cassie mentioned her trip to England. It caught me off guard and took me a few minutes to recognize exactly what she was talking about. Just another subject I'd like to see hashed out in the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Longview, TX, United States 07-29-12
    Linda Longview, TX, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "I loved this one!"

    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.






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    Peter 02-12-09
    Peter 02-12-09
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    "Not as good"

    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    John Columbia, TN, United States 06-07-10
    John Columbia, TN, United States 06-07-10
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    "Very Pleased"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra COTO DE CAZA, CA, USA 10-22-09
    Sandra COTO DE CAZA, CA, USA 10-22-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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