The Likeness

The Likeness

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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
9780143115625
Branch Call Number: FIC FRENCH
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 24 cm.

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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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confidential_me
Jan 23, 2014

I really liked the story in this book. But I got to the final show down scene and thought, "Oh, I've read this before." Which is really funny because I didn't think that about the rest of the book - but maybe I have. This is the second book I've read by Tana French, and I totally forgive her for the identity of the culprit in the other one. I was put off by the many uses of the 'f' word and other 'cursing' expressions. Additionally, I got really tired of one of the names of God being used as a curse. I found the language to be most inappropriate coming from characters in 'professional' positions. Also, the issue with the language is not confined to individual characters or specific situations, but is pervasive throughout the novel. [Though I understand that some people probably do talk like that, many other people don't - so she's not just 'being real'.] Other than that though, I liked it and wish that someone would write just like her, but with less cursing.

margmurray Sep 23, 2013

I read this after having read In the Woods, Faithful Place, and Broken Harbor. This was a good read but I enjoyed this the least. The premise was too far-fetched for me, but as always French's writing was beautiful. Great social commentary as well - subtle, but still integral to the plot.

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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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