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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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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "If you liked THE SECRET HISTORY"

    ... you'll like this too. It's kind of totally preposterous though; would YOU be tricked by a stranger impersonating your friend? I mean, okay, maybe they look alike, but the voice would give it away. I had to keep putting that aside in order to enjoy this one. Also there were a few plot points that kind of went nowhere but hey, it was a good listen and that's what matters.

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    Sandy Orlando, FL 02-04-14
    Sandy Orlando, FL 02-04-14 Member Since 2012

    We are RV'ers traveling the USA. I love Romance, Mysteries, and Thriller Novels. Good listening while on the road.

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    "Long and drawn out story."

    Where did all the 5 star reviews come from?? I have never been so bored with a story. I want to return it, but thankfully got this one on sale. The author could have made this a lot better if she cut it in half. Way too much useless filler/garble inserted into a scene when your waiting for something to happen with one of the storylines. I kept thinking, "I listened 30 minutes for that?" Nothing happens for hours, but boredom waiting for an OH WOW or whats next?
    Awful Awful Awful. I'm so disappointed I already bought the next one by Tana French and I so hope it's much better than this one.
    The Narrator was excellant. Whew!

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 12-08-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2007
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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.”

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    Patsy G. 12-01-13
    Patsy G. 12-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Slow and over detailed"

    I got book one "in the woods" barely made it throug, but was interested in Cassie story, should have gone with my gut and just passed, it was so slow getting to the point of the story, so many un-needed details, it just goes on and on..not a fan, although I thought the narration of this book better than book one.

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    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 11-01-13
    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A miss for me"

    I have no problem suspending disbelief over the premise of having a double. A Tale Of Two Cities has no problem overcoming such a far fetched idea. This book, not so much. Without giving too many spoilers, the idea that a police force is going to place a detective undercover for the murder of a nobody and with no suspicions of larger criminal activity, is where they lost me.
    The narration is wonderful, with my only complaint being not enough vocal individuality for each character, but the attempt was made.

    The book is too long and the climax, rather underwhelming. By the time the reveal came around, I just didn't care. And after the big reveal? There's still like another hour of book!

    I really wanted to like the book more and really tried to suspend disbelief, but I couldn't wait for the book to end.

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    Lesley D Southern California 10-19-13
    Lesley D Southern California 10-19-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "See my review for In the Woods"

    This second book in this series was even better than the first ... the premise is very interesting (won't spoil it), if you read the first one (In the Woods) you'll recognize a common theme (and especially if you read the next two -- which you'll want to) with respect to the narrator of each book and this book, like the first, is rich in character and place. This particular story will make you think a lot about friendship, home, family ... and it's still a murder mystery :-)

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    Lawrence Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-18-13
    Lawrence Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing: hokey premise and too long"
    Any additional comments?

    The premise, that a murder victim looked exactly like our detective Cassie, was just too far-fetched. Add to that the associated assumptions: that she could impersonate the dead woman among her closest friends, students, and colleagues, and that it was somehow worth risking Cassie's life to send her undercover as the dead woman, and you've got something just too bogus to swallow. I pressed on to the end because I loved the first book in the series ("In the Woods") and I loved the character (Cassie) from it. I had also been captivated by the author's beautiful writing and characterizations, some of which came through in this second book. As a result, I'll consider the next one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 04-08-13
    HIII Grants Pass, OR, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Discovered undercover?"

    Cassie is introduced in the first Dublin Murder Squad book and here her character is developed. I really like the references to Rod from book one and was glad he was not just dropped from the book. By the end of the book I felt I knew Tana French's characters - she does a wonderful job bringing each one to life. This is a good book and I am looking forward to listening to the third book of the series. Narration is difficult at first; I restarted the book several times but Ms O'Neill's voice and I were in sinc not long into the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Librarian OK, USA 03-29-13
    Librarian OK, USA 03-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "The Irish mystery gets more psychological."

    Well written and imaginative with excellent narration. The story slows a bit with psychological introspection but everything has a purpose. I loved listening to the Irish accent and O'Neill has an enchanting singing voice. It is a good continuation of the Cassie character from "In the Woods", but I don't believe it necessary to have read "In the Woods" prior to reading "The Likeness". It is a good, strong GP story.

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    Galadriel 09-11-12
    Galadriel 09-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Extraordinary"
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    I'm a huge fan of the burgeoning "Irish Noir" genre, having read all of the Adrian McKinty and Stuart Neville books I could get my hands on. What a find, what a treasure Tana French is! I read "The Likeness" immediately after finishing "In the Woods," and both books left me blown away with the intricacy of the relationships, the richness of the characters, the sharp dialogue and the brilliant way French evokes each place and moment in time.
    Beautifully written, moving and yet suspenseful enough to keep me on the edge of my seat (and sometimes, inconveniently on the edge of my car seat, sitting parked and unable to turn my IPad off and get to work). Will be moving on to the next of this series right away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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