©2008 Tana French; (P)2008 Recorded Books
Who needs the mall?
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.
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.
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.
I think so. I'm looking forward to seeing what unfolds in the next book.
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.
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.
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!
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I am done.
Yes, she does well.
I like the detectives, but the story is so trivial I cannot understand why such an undertaking by the police would ever take place.
The author is a master of words, dialogue and scene setting. The reader is the best I've heard (and I listen to many Audible books on my very long commutes), but this is my 2nd book by Tana French and it may be the last. She needs a plot coach and needs to bring her stories back into the realm of plausibility. Too many times the listener is required to overlook ridiculous premises and character behavior in order for the story to work. The author is too good with language to be wasted on bad story construction.
Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
This book had a great and almost unbelievable plot but it was long, too long with dialogue. I expect a little more action from my detective/thriller novels. I do like that the end had more resolution than The Woods but The Woods kept me more engaged.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
I loved the characters. I loved Cassie in the earlier book where I met her: In the Woods. Then The Likeness was on sale & I didn't buy it because reviews said the coincidence was too great that Cassie was a look-alike for the dead girl. When it came around again, I bought it and SO glad I did. I LOVED the soi-disant family to which Lexie belonged; she is the smart-mouthed percocious baby girl amid: Daniel, dark and paternal, the provider; Abby, the "mom"; Rafe the rake; Justin the young kid struggling with his sexual identity. When Lexie is murdered, Cassie, her double, trained in undercover, is enlisted to go back to the communal house, pretending to be Cassie with amnesia. I loved the house and the family. The book is talk, talk, talk, and I loved every word. Frank is also a great character.
There's a book called The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier. But The Likeness is SOOOOOOOOOOO much better.
It took a while to get used to the (lovely) Irish accent. By the end of the book I think I had an Irish accent. It became my native tongue!
When the three were telling Cassie what happened the night she was stabbed. My heart went out to Justin. Also, when Cassie first saw them & says she can remember how they looked that day - the foreshadowing was there & you knew this recollection was bittersweet.
I'm just so glad I bought this book after reviews complained about coincidence being too much. Shakespeare did quite well with doubles and a lot more coincidence than in this book and nobody complains about inability to suspend disbelief for his work!
A deeply moving, beautiful portrait of complicated, interesting people. The mystery was so secondary it didn't matter at all. Each of the lives mattered, as did the way they twined together and came apart.
A magnificent meditation on friendship, desire, need, and sacrifice. Very moving.
In general this is a good story of an odd uncover assignment. But a little judicious editing could have made it even better. The narrator was excellent.
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