The Likeness

The Likeness

[a Novel]

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: 9780340924785
9780340994528
9780670018864
Branch Call Number: FRENC
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 24 cm

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CRRL_JoyO Jan 27, 2021

A complex, well-written story of an undercover cop, who tries to find the truth behind the murder of a young woman who looks just like her by infiltrating a tight group of her friends. Character-driven and a twisty plot.

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RubyHocker
Oct 07, 2020

I wanted to like this book but you have to suspend your belief so much more than usual, for a crime thriller. The whole premise was hard to buy into and the implausible parts were distracting. In the end the story gets very repetitive to buy time. I stopped reading after the cop becomes a killer herself. The whole thing just didn't make sense.

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BARosen1112
Sep 28, 2020

This second of Tara French's Dublin Murder Squad books is narrated by Detective Cassie Maddox, who was the co-investigator and best friend to narrator Rob Ryan in the first, In The Woods. This time out, a young woman bearing a startling resemblance to Cassie is murdered, and Cassie goes undercover to live as the young woman ("cold temperatures slowed her heartbeat, making it only appear that she was dead," is essentially her cover story), who had been masquerading as Cassie's earlier undercover identity at the time of her death. The story details Cassie's investigation, and her coming under the thrall of the other 4 members of the group of friends the victim was living with, and her efforts to find out who was really responsible for her likeness's murder. Beautifully written, author French takes us deep inside the heads of all her characters, especially Cassie, her undercover leader Frank, fellow detective/love interest Sam and Daniel - the leader of the 5 friends who form the heart of the novel. While it may be fair to say that the novel is longer than it needed to be, French's characters and careful plotting reward the required effort handsomely. If you enjoyed In The Woods, you'll like this one too. Warning: you'll want to read In The Woods first. While Cassie's narration provides most if not all the relevant information from the first book, I think your understanding of Cassie will benefit from having read the first one.

FPL_Lori Jul 31, 2020

The Likeness is an intelligent, slow-burn murder mystery set in Dublin and its suburbs. Tana French writes beautifully and you will want to savor, rather than devour this novel. This is the second part of a series, but you do not need to read the first one to enjoy. The characters and setting bring you into their world and stay with you for a while after the end.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 27, 2019

What I like about this author so much is her complicated language choices. My page-a-minute rate dips quite a bit when I read her because I savor every word. Once again, the "mystery" here is fairly immaterial; I feel like French is much more about drawing her reader deeply into her characters' heads than telling a whodunit, and she succeeds very well. This book featured and was told from the POV of Cassie, who was the partner of Rob, the main protagonist from her first book, In the Woods. Cassie goes undercover to solve the murder of a young woman attending Trinity College in Dublin. She gets deeply embedded in the lives of the victim's friends, and even though it's wildly different in many ways, I couldn't help but think about Donna Tartt's The Secret History a lot while I read this. I only don't rate it 4 stars because I feel like it could have been tightened up a bit; it went on too long. Can't wait to read her next!

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Klimo1
Jul 26, 2019

I took the book out of the library, read a few pages and simply decided to not read it. I enjoy reading mysteries but not this one.

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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?)

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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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