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The Likeness Audiobook

The Likeness

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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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    Mark 07-15-15
    Mark 07-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 06-30-14
    Margaret 06-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Writer and Narrator Bring Story to Life"

    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.

    Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    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.”

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    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 11-01-13
    K VANCOUVER, WA, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    Bookdog Southern California 10-19-13
    Bookdog Southern California 10-19-13

    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 :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ghada Conshohocken, PA, United States 07-27-13
    ghada Conshohocken, PA, United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "fantasy house and dreamy people"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Likeness to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because of the variation of accent between Irish and British.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Detective Cassie and her BF Sam. And of course Frank


    Which character – as performed by Heather O'Neill – was your favorite?

    The main character and the british accent guy


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, because it is not thrilling as much as it touchy and leave you in a deeeeeep thinking and intense emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the end this time!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-18-13
    Lawrence Charlottesville, VA, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-17-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "One of the best mysteries I've ever read"

    This is an undercover cop sent to find out who murdered their undercover identity. It's tight, taut and very fun. this is a grand book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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