The Likeness

The Likeness

eBook - 2008
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The haunting follow up to the Edgar Award-winning debut In the Woods Tana French astonished critics and readers alike with her mesmerizing debut novel, In the Woods . Now both French and Detective Cassie Maddox return to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. Six months after the events of In the Woods , an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? A disturbing tale of shifting identities, The Likeness firmly establishes Tana French as an important voice in suspense fiction. Tana French's newest novel, The Trespasser , will be published by Viking in October of 2016. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Publishing Group, 2008.
ISBN: 9781436228282
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eBook
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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LouWSytsma
Jul 15, 2019

Tana French definitely has a deft hand: with characters, setting, and plotting.

There is a wonderful interleaving of this book with the first one. All the characters are well-defined and unique from one another and they move through a world where the physical and mental. All accomplished without being heavy-handed or maudlin.

Loved following Cassie's journey into this book and now look forward to finding out what Frank is all about in the next one.

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rainbow2222
Jul 04, 2019

It was very readable, but I think that Tana French is not very good at endings. In a mystery, in my opinion, you need to really wow people at the end. So although her book on the whole was gripping, to me the ending was a bit of a bore.

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ownedbydoxies
Jun 19, 2019

Maybe it was the wrong timing for me in reading this one, having just finished two fantastic reads that I loved a lot, but for me Cassie was just a little too smart-ass.... a touch here and there, in my opinion, works better than over-doing her sassy remarks. When she was talking to the various bosses, it finally sounded just plain smug and unbelievable to me. But I do like this author, so maybe I'll give this one a shot another time.

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goddessbeth
Jan 17, 2019

Although I was bummed to not be in Rob's head again (I love an unreliable narrator) or ever find out what happened to him as a child in the woods, French has crafted another atmospheric, creepy mystery with The Likeness.

Cassie Maddox is somewhat more relatable, as a woman still shaken from her previous case, who discovers within herself a desire to slip away from her own messy life and into someone else's. Who hasn't felt the lure of becoming someone else, especially if that someone has a charmingly simple existence? Except, of course, that there's a good bit of smoke and mirrors going on. Most of the creep factor in this story is psychological- not whodunnit, but "what makes a personality?"

If you're looking for a compelling murder mystery, you'll likely find the slow pace difficult. If you're looking for a haunting sensation, you'll enjoy the few creepy-house/creepy-woods moments, but likely not get your fix. But if you're looking for a contemplative story about identity, you'll probably like it. Stick with the slow bits- the action doesn't ever get breakneck, but the closer you get to Cassie, the more tense the situation becomes (Is she opening herself up to be burned? Is she going to give in to temptation and adopt Lexie's life entirely? Or is she just really good at undercover?)

WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

An unusual murder investigation story from award-winning mystery author Tana French, featuring Detective Cassie Maddox at its heart. I highly recommend this story to fans of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History; both stories share a keen understanding of the dynamics of tight-knit groups of twenty-somethings. French’s writing style is compelling, richly detailed, and lyrical. I think we all have a yearning for the cozy belonging of Whitethorn house which makes it easier to understand how fiercely these characters protect it. I was under this book’s spell from start to finish.

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.

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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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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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