The Likeness

The Likeness

Book - 2008
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Six months after the events of In the Woods, Detective Cassie Maddox is still trying to recover. She's transferred out of the murder squad and started a relationship with Detective Sam O'Neill, but she's too badly shaken to make a commitment to him or to her career. Then Sam calls her to the scene of his new case: a young woman found stabbed to death in a small town outside Dublin. The dead girl's ID says her name is Lexie Madison--the identity Cassie used years ago as an undercover detective--and she looks exactly like Cassie--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008.
ISBN: 9780670018864
0670018864
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 24 cm.

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Jett_Reads Feb 05, 2018

Great suspenseful read with smooth writing! This novel wasn't in my usual genre, but I opened it due to a friend's recommendation. French's writing is fluid amd draws in the reader. I found myself on the edge of my seat during suspenseful moments amd breathing sighs of relief after. I found myself ruminating about the plot when I wasn't reading it. Who did it?! Forget whether or not this is probable or even possible, enjoy the ride on this stunning murder mystery.

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JLMason
Jan 22, 2018

The foundation of the plot is preposterous: that an undercover policewoman with a stunning likeness to the victim can successfully pass herself off as the missing, “not dead yet" friend among four extremely close, highly intelligent, neurotic housemates. If you can see your way past incredulity, then enjoy the story. French is a master of smart psychological whodunits and introspection. She delves deep into the psyches of Cassie, who begins to like the life of her undercover character, and of her grad student roomies, who are socially maladjusted and isolated by community hostility. They are a cult of five people with a leader whose unrealistic vision for a close, claustrophobic existence among friends is shattered by betrayal.

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harrissusanc
Jun 06, 2017

Handler, undercover Frank Mackey, creates an UC that is stolen and then murdered and no one, including you reader, thinks the real UC can get away with going back to the house alive. So the whole book is how does she catch and be caught. Forget that the author pulled you into her hoax, and don't put the book down. Isn't every novelist UC? Best early Tana French is a beat gen take on Agatha Christie's classic manor wrapped in David Mitchell's prose.

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LadyJaneBrais
Nov 29, 2016

Totally fabulous mystery novel, and a great mystery writer. I am a genuine devotee!

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brangwinn
Feb 14, 2016

Writing in first person, along with French’s skill with words, makes this second book about Irish Detective Cassie Maddox powerful reading. Of course, as with many good detective novels, you have to “go with the flow” which means you might have to not question how an undercover agent could so easily infiltrate the home of a look-alike who was murdered. And that’s okay. Another reviewer wrote about plot not being the center of all great reading, and that reviewer is right.

adasilva7 Nov 24, 2015

This was my favourite book in the Dublin Murder Squad series. Compelling, suspenseful and an overall great read!

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titibird
Aug 07, 2015

Fantastic writing and character development.

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Nov 26, 2014

Loved the premise for the book once I got over how improbable it was. It was fascinating to see Cassie immerse herself in another woman's life. I liked this better than In the Woods and am very excited to read the rest of the series!

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dondi49
Sep 11, 2014

#2 in series

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lpreston214
Feb 21, 2014

I just don't get the rave reviews for this author. I found both In the Woods and this book slow and pretty boring. I will say there is very good character development which is often missing in mysteries/thrillers. But though her books have promising premises, they just don't deliver.

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Jett_Reads Feb 02, 2018

I found out early that you can throw yourself away, missing what you've lost.

Jett_Reads Feb 02, 2018

Our entire society's based on discontent: people wanting more and more and more, being constantly dissatisfied with their homes, their bodies, their decor, their clothes, eveything. Taking it for granted that that's the whole point if life, never to be satisfied. If you're perfectly happy with what you've got--specially if what you've got isn't all that spectacular--then you're dangerous. You're breaking all the rules, you're undermining the sacred economy, you're challenging every assumption that society's built on.

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ndp21f
Dec 14, 2011

What Daniel didn't know, or didn't mention, is what I said right at the beginning: the price is a wildfire shape-changing thing, and you're not always the one who chooses, you're not always allowed to know in advance, what it's going to be.

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