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The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  77,977 Ratings  ·  6,759 Reviews
Tana French follows her stunningly accomplished debut, In the Woods, with an equally compelling psychological mystery that confirms her place as one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction. Still traumatised by her brush with a psychopath, Detective Cassie Maddox transfers out of the Murder squad and starts a relationship with fellow detective Sam O’Neill. When he ...more
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Published September 4th 2008 by Hodder (first published 2008)
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Khanh (the meanie)
I’ll never be free of her. I wear her face; as I get older it’ll stay her changing mirror, the one glimpse of all the ages she never had. I lived her life, for a few strange bright weeks; her blood went into making me what I am, the same way it went to make the bluebells and the hawthorn tree
Some books hurt. They squeeze your chest, they make your eyes sting with unshed tears. It's a rare author who is able to evoke that kind of emotion in their readers, and I can only say that reading Tana Fr
There are times when trying on someone else's life for size seems like a very tempting idea. But how do you not lose yourself in it?

This book shredded my heart into tiny little pieces.

It made me reexperience that hollow, empty, lonely, lost feeling you have when you remember the intense and seemingly 'forever' friendships that have somehow, inexplicably just disintegrated.

It made me miss people who once were crucial in my life - and are not there any more, for one reason or another. And I miss
okay, i enjoyed this tana french book much more than the first one. and against all odds; the premise of this book is so staggeringly unbelievable.check it out: so there's a murrrrrder, and the body is that of a young woman who looks just like detective cassie maddox! awesome! so why doesn't she just pretend to be the murdered girl, slip unnoticed into her life, and take it from there? because, dummy, her "life" is made up solely of a group of four other insular postgrad nerds who reside in a hu ...more
Emily May
This is the second Tana French novel I've read in just over a week and I have to say I'm rapidly becoming a big fan. The Likeness is an excellent story that is about psychology at least as much as (if not more than) it is about a murder mystery. Like In The Woods, the book's greatest weakness is also perhaps its greatest strength: the comprehensive portrait of the characters and their personalities.

French makes certain you know your narrator almost as well as you know yourself. Their habits, fea
Yep, Tana French has succeeded in doing it yet again - writing a fantastic book which kept me on the edge of my seat from the very first to the very last page.

After finishing a book, I usually juxtapose four important elements before deciding on a specific rating: The characterization, the plot, the writing and the atmosphere. Almost never do I feel like all four of those elements have been realized to perfection by the author (as much as I hate to consider something as 'perfect'), but The Liken
Dan Schwent
Dec 12, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
After the evens of In the Woods, Cassie Maddox is struggling to get her life back together. When a woman resembling her is found with an ID bearing the same name Cassie used in an undercover case years before, Cassie is thrust into a life that isn't her own in an effort to find out who killed the woman with her face...

The Likeness was a tough nut to crack. The setup is fairly preposterous and was a big hurdle to overcome before I could dig into the book and enjoy Tana French's superb stylings. A
Apr 15, 2012 Elyse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've no idea why I never wrote a review of Tana's 2nd book. Other than I didn't write reviews much - if at all - my first couple of years on Goodreads. -- [maybe I should take a lesson]-ha! Save some times! lol...,

But.... I loved Tana's first two books ...I liked them all (one I wasn't crazy about),

The first TWO books are still favorites -- even though I was and still am a little mad at her for not bringing back my favorite character ....

But I LOVE TANA FRENCH. If nothing else ...the dial
Mar 17, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, and I just must say it, this is about as unlikely a premise as can be explained outside the realm of speculative fiction. This is after all a contemporary (published in 2008) murder mystery set in a real live place on the planet Earth.

That said, and in the spirit of Ray Bradbury - “let’s get in the rocket ship and go to Mars.”

OK, now that that is out of the way, this is an AWESOME second book in Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. Not – not – not a sequel. No. French makes m
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)

If Operation Mirror was a real thing, you would have to look out for the broken pieces on the floor. Because I would have smashed it.

Sigh. Have you ever felt like you weren't reading the same book as your - trusted, I might add - friends, that you don't get it? Because right now I do. Holy fuck I do.

And yet, I was so ready to love everything about The Likeness : In the Woods crushed me in the best way possible, the premise of this sequel, while rather ludicrous (shoot me, I don't believe for on
Mar 02, 2017 Candi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"… Lexie Madison developed out of nothing like a Polaroid, she curled off the page and hung in the air like incense smoke, a girl with my face and a life from a half-forgotten dream."

Four years ago, Detective Cassie Maddox went undercover as Lexie Madison, an identity she concocted with Detective Frank Mackey. But that case is long over, and Lexie Madison should no longer exist… until she mysteriously appears once again as a dead body found in an old abandoned cottage. The fact that thi
"We had worked together seamlessly, she and I. I had drawn her to this house, this life, every bit as neatly and surely as she had drawn me."

Tana French knows how to conjure up the most charmingly creepy characters out of thin air like nobody's business - damaged individuals who go about life like sentient, breathing time bombs about to go off and leave a trail of wreckage consisting of wounded hearts and shattered illusions in the wake of their committed mistakes. Call this tale of blurred id
Feb 09, 2017 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
After being stunned by Tana French's opening novel, I was equally impressed with the second instalment of the Dublin Murder Squad. After being severely emotionally scarred during Operation Vestal, in which a young girl was murdered, Cassie Maddox left the Squad for the more structured world of Domestic Violence. After receiving a frantic call from Squad Detective (and current boyfriend) Sam O'Neill, she agrees to meet him at the scene of his latest case; perhaps her first mistake. Cassie arrives ...more
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Impressive. Very impressive. I think now, after reading two of Tana French's novels, I finally know what a good psychological thriller is. It is something that goes beyond simple figuring out whodunit, something that delves into the minds investigators, victims and killers, something that focuses on exploring the motives and states of mind rather than logistics of the crimes.

It is the psychological part of The Likeness that won me over, because, let's face it, the prem
Joe Valdez
Nov 02, 2015 Joe Valdez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Tana French could probably write a book on organic farming and I'd read it. I'd anticipate a major turf war between the USDA and the IOFGA and actually stay up late to find out whether ladybugs were an effective deterrent against garden pests. Fortunately, French's chosen milieu is much more exciting. With her debut novel In the Woods and this 2008 follow-up, French's finesse with weaving homicide investigation, Irish locale and intense character study together knocked me out.

The Likeness is nar
Oct 28, 2008 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, mystery
And I thought In the Woods was good...I sucked down this nearly-500 page sequel in two days and then couldn't believe I'd been apprehensive about In the Woods even needing a sequel.

Detective Cassie Maddox goes undercover, with a twist - she's taking the place of a murder victim who looks just like her, and who had taken up residence in a cover identity that Cassie had created years before. She has to slip effortlessly into the role and find out if any of the four best friends that "Lexie Madiso
Nov 23, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I love the way Tana French writes, but for now I haven't loved those of her books that I have read. To be fair, I don't really read much crime fiction so it might be a genre thing. I am still intrigued enough to keep reading her books because something about the world she is creating is appealing to me.

The Likeness follows Cassie Maddox, who was my favourite character from the previous book in the series (In the Woods), so I was immediately pleased with it. But what follows is the most unrealist
Feb 28, 2017 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017

This is the main thing you need to know about Alexandra Madison: she never existed.

Yet someone claiming to be her, and looking exactly like one of her former impersonations, is found stabbed to death in an abandoned cottage in the Irish countryside. Detective Cassandra Maddox, the one who created the fictitious Lexie character for an undercover job years ago, and the one who looks like the spitting image of the dead girl, is challenged by her former boss, Fred Mackey, to go back undercover and
Chelsea Humphrey
This book. If you have not read it- BUY IT AND READ IT NOW. I've read all 5 (as of Oct 2015) in the series and this one is by far the best! I really enjoyed Cassie's character from In the Woods, so I was excited to follow her in her own journey this time. In short, Cassie agrees to go undercover posing as a girl who looks exactly like her but was murdered. She lived in a house with her roommates; Cassie's mission is to assimilate back into the house and to find out who murdered Lexie (the girl w ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
693 pages in this book and at least 593 of them were the biggest load of waffle I've ever read! So, going against most other reviews, this book was so yawn making boring, just coudnt get to the end quick enough to get it over with.

Tana French's first novel In The Woods was a good crime novel, this was not even in the same league, in fact I lost hope that it was a crime novel at all really. It's wordy, very wordy, her prose is spectacular at times but why oh why does this book have to drag out pa
May 27, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dental hygienists
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Concino Concini
This is not mystery, it's science fiction. The protagonist-detective Cassie, and the murder victim Lexie, are so physically similar that the victim's best friends - the four roommates she's been living with quite intimately for years - can't tell the difference between the two. So the detective is able to go undercover as the victim with no one the wiser, until one suspicious roommate notices that the detective will eat onions, whereas the victim always refused to eat onions. Look, we all saw th ...more
Oh, Lordy. This book chewed me up and spat me out.

This isn't going to be one of those reviews where I say a lot. The book was too good, and too overwhelming. I could do it, but it might break me to try. And I'd rather not be broken. So instead, in this review, you will probably get a bunch of nonsense strung together in some stream-of-consciousness excuse for review writing. I DON'T EVEN FEEL BAD ABOUT IT.

The Likeness is the second book in Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books. You don't need
“There's a Spanish proverb," he said, "that's always fascinated me. "Take what you want and pay for it, says God.'" "I don't believe in God," … "but that principle seems, to me, to have a divinity of its own; a kind of blazing purity. What could be simpler, or more crucial? You can have anything you want, as long as you accept that there is a price and that you will have to pay it.”

In spite of the fact that the premise of The Likeness requires a certain amount of suspension of belief, I loved t
After loving In The Woods, I was so excited to run out and get this sequel by Tana French, who I found to be a thrilling writer. I was disappointed. Maybe my expectations were too high after her glorious debut, but I found this book dull. I loved Cassie Maddox in the first book, but found her unsympathetic in the sequel; the only motivation and justifications I could find for her actions stemmed from actions in the first book, and didn't tell much more about her character. There were moments I l ...more
Kelly's ( Next Best Read )
Tana French can will Never Disappoint.

This book literally had me at the edge of my seat and bitting my nails as to who killed Lexie and Why?

My mind is still racing and my heart aching. Why (view spoiler)

Cassie character annoyed me several times throughout this book and I can help but feel if she did not make some stupid decisions things c
Chantal  (Every Word A Doorway)
Wow, wow, wow.

Tana French has now become one of my favourite authors. I loved In the Woods but The Likeness was something else. Probably my favourite mystery book of all time. Absolutely amazing.

Full review to come.
Feb 15, 2017 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, was this a good read. Tana French is one of those authors I had been hearing amazing things about for years before I finally got around to reading her. Now I'm slowly making my way through her Dublin Murder Squad series, and I'm kicking myself I didn't read her sooner. I enjoy a good mystery, but French's books are so well-written and the characters are so expertly developed that these novels are literary delights.

The Likeness is book 2 in the series and follows Detective Cassie Maddox.* Be
Mar 14, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has taken me a long time to get around to reading Murder Squad 2 because I had serious issues with the first one. If I remember rightly it was due to one of the crimes never being solved in the whole of a rather long book. The Likeness is a long book too, but gosh, it is a good one! Admittedly it is built on the foolish premise that one person can look so much like another that they can take on their identity and fool people they live with. If you can swallow that then the rest is just so ver ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, female-lead
Impressive writing. Somewhat lyrical for a detective/mystery, but it added to the overall enjoyment. While the plot of replacing someone who was already using an assumed identity is improbable, French did a wonderful job of making it almost believable. The plot has a strong psychological angle, as the orphaned Cassie goes undercover, and finds herself in a close-knit circle of friends that are almost like family. Luckily for Cassie, they all have a rule of "no pasts," which helps protect her fro ...more
Feb 19, 2017 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure where Tana French would take us in her second book in her Dublin Murder Squad series, but I was fairly certain--given French is the SHIT--I'd enjoy the ride.

Rob and Cassie's story seemed finished after In the Woods, so was surprised and delighted to discover our new protagonist in The Likeness was none other than Cassie, with events occurring shortly after Operation Vestal. I loved the references to Vestal, and the reminiscing Cassie does about that case (including her feelings tow
Aug 15, 2009 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Funny how I read French's first book immediately after reading THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, and now I'm reading her second book immediately after reading THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE.

I really sort of hated the ending of INTO THE WOODS (see my review), but many people said this book was BETTER and more focused without all of the "Rob" drama, so here I am.

So far, I'm enjoying the prose, yet bamboozled by the plot-- an "exact duplicate" of the main character just happens to get murdered, and
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Tana French grew up in Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, and has lived in Dublin since 1990. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theater, film and voice-over.
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Dublin Murder Squad (6 books)
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