The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2)
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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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...more
"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 ide...more
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...more
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...more
French makes certain you know your narrator almost as well as you know yourself. Their habits, fea...more
In spite of the fact that the premise of The Likeness requires a certain amount of suspension of belief, I loved t...more
Absolutely fantastic. Great characters, satisfying ending, beautiful writing. I can't wait to read about Frank's story next.
Full review to come later (hopefully).
P.S. Tana French, please revisit Rob's story so I can have closure. Pretty please with sugar on top.
Full Review (10/25/2012):
Once again Tana French has blown me away with this second installment of her Dublin Murder Squad series. Like its predecessor In the Woods, The Likeness seems to defy genres. It could...more
While I am still working on the fourth book in this series I can safely say, without a doubt, that this is my favorite book of the four thus far. It's hard to say what calls to me here. It could be the way I relate to Cassie and all of her darkest wants and needs. It could be the creaky old house that is reminiscent of so many great gothic settings that have come before. It could be the overarching theme that all anyone truly wants is to belong and to spend every waking moment feeling wine in t...more
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...more
In the Woods was good, but this was better, and French's gift for description creates some haunting images. Her characters have enough flaws to make them human - and to set up plot issues - but not enough to make t...more
"The Likeness" is a sequel to Tana French's "In the Woods", which I also highly recommend, and even though the plots do not depend on each other, I also recommend reading them in order because you'll know the characters better...more
The book features Dublin Detective Cassie Maddox who returns from "In the Woods." After a particularly brutal murder case, Cassie has transferred out of the Murder Squad and is now working in Domestic Violence. But she is ca...more
After reading In the Woods and loving the beginning and then hating the ending, I was a little scared going into this one. I wanted more mystery, but afraid of not getting what I want in the end. I know..I can't choose the ending, that's the authors job, but I felt like kicking the last book in the arse. BUT, I really really enjoyed this one.
I switched back and forth from ebook to audiobook(22hrs 24min). The narrator was amazing! Her Irish accent wasn't hard to follow. (I work with peop...more
Follows In the Woods. Cassie walks out of the wreckage and into a new case which sends her undercover to infiltrate the tight-knit household of a murdered girl. This is very much like In the Woods, and I'm not talking about the need to suspend one's disbelief on the premise. Both of these books are post facto first person memoirs of travail and inevitable destruction; they both examine the forging and breaking of human connections; they are both intricately written and occasionally overwri...more
Put these flaws aside. This is a spectacular read.
French portrays the interactions of a strange group of people, living together in a strange house near Dublin, who may or may not have committed murder. All of their interactions occur on multiple levels. Everything revolves around a beautiful and troubled dead woman who never appears and yet is the always-p...more
So what made it fantastic? Several factors I believe:
Cassie Maddox: the main character and undercover cop whose apparent doppelganger turns up dead in the woods. With no other leads she undertakes the task as posing as the victim, hoping to find clues from w...more
The disaster of Operation Vestal still keeps Cassie awake at night and although she has transferred to the Domestic Violence team, she is still haunted by the mistakes of her previous case and the loss she feels with the dissolution of her partnership with Rob Ryan. She has been trying to put the past behind her and move forward. She has even gotten further involved with Sam O'Neill, another detective from the Murder Squad. One day Sam...more
Me after finishing this.
The Likeness is the sequel to In the Woods, and it's not your typical sequel, it's more like a companion novel. Same characters different story arc completely. In fact, nothing from the first book gets resolved in this book, nothing barely even gets touched upon. And, although I did end up liking this one, I kept waiting and waiting for something anything about the first book and nothing.
“Or maybe, and I like to hope it was this one, because the truth is more intricate...more
Wow! This 2nd book in the series was even better than the 1st one, and I gave that one a 5! I really cared about the characters who were well-developed. French's prose is amazing. The only problem I had was suspending belief that a) 2 people could so closely resemble each other and b) that one person could so seamlessly walk into her "twin's" life. But, somehow French makes it all work. A very susp...more
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