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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.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I know many people love this series but I could not connect to the main character. After tedious hours of descriptions that had nothing to do with the story whatsoever I became frustrated but I kept reading because it was a buddy read. There is a story but it moved very slowly and in the end it did not address the elephant in the room. I have very much enjoyed some of Tana French's other books but I will not be continuing with this series.
just killing time sitting in traffic...
into the woods was great so i thought this would be too...simply couldn't get into it...story was too far fetched and the detail was excruciatingly boring...couldn't keep my attention...on to another...
I loved this book! I only listen to audio books when I'm working, and I worked extra hours just to keep listening! Excellent mystery with fantastic narration - a real treasure!
Tana French can write. She plots well, gets inside her characters' heads, brings the reader along, moves the pace quickly without leaving us behind, and manages to weave in modern social commentary and personal anchors around her characters along the way.
The narrator here does a great job with Cassie Maddox's interior voice.
The Likeness picks up six months or so after In the Woods, with a different character (Cassie Maddox - the partner of the protagonist in In the Woods). One of French's strengths is her ability to write each of these Dublin Murder Squad books from the perspective of a different, yet related, character. Here she's a female, and her female voice is as strong and authentic as her male voices in the third and fourth novels.
A specialty of this book is the in-depth journey French takes us into undercover work - how detectives prepare for a role, maintain cover, manage the boundaries between their persona and reality, etc.
The "family" of characters Cassie Maddox enters is well-drawn, and because she is under cover as the murder victim, gives the reader a unique view into a dead person's perspective.
... 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.
* love to work (nursing informatics) * love dogs * love speed * listen to books constantly *
Very satisfying to read, a page turner with subtle tones, shadings, inferences, mood swings, and colorations. Tana French knows how to grab the readers and make them care about the characters. I couldn't wait to find out what the characters did next. I actually sneaked it into work and listened with a hidden ear bud for an hour...I HAD TO KNOW what happened next! So smooth, such talent. All the books I have listened to by Tana French were excellent, and can be read in order for best effects, but OK to read out of order too.
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